Thursday, 10 July 2008

Can you trust the media professors?

I've just finished Adrian Monck's 'Can you trust the media?'. I picked it up on the recommendations of the BBC's college of journalism editor, Kevin Marsh, who says that 'Anyone interested in British journalism should read it'.

It does makes a good read, with some excellent examples, both historic and contemporary, of the issues affecting journalism and story verity in particular. From ownership to audience, lazy and/or egotistical journalists and of course commercialism all come under his microscope.

On the negative side Monck (not to be confused the almost eponymous autistic TV detective) writes as if he is talking to his students at City University rather than other journalists.

In fairness he has undoubtedly added it to the reading list for his course, so its only fair they are catered for.

Having been through a Journalism degree and subsequent NCTJ courses it did grate a little being taken back there. My girlfriend who works for the dark side (media sales) is reading it now and I think she should find it more enlightening.

Apparently a chap called Rupert Murdoch owns a fair few media interests and some bloke called Alistiar Campbell didn't always tell the whole truth about New Labour.

This along with the references to his own blog (complete with the URL - a favour not extended to some of the others he mentions) did make me question the £7.79 I had forked out for it.

But it was only briefly and he more than redeemed himself with the interesting chapters towards the end on religion and the beginnings of the print media.

But should anyone with an interest in British journalism read it? perhaps, but mainly if you are striving for that 2:1.

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