Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis interview with Jeremy Hunt last night on the winter crisis in hospitals was a masterclass in political interviewing. Completely on top of the brief she was measured, balanced, clear, precise and she got the tone exactly right. I might have said surgical if it wasn’t an item on the NHS. Hunt was left with a platitudinous line of defence even citing health service pressures in Australia to suggest the current mess was not exceptional. Most ridiculously he would not admit there is a crisis though anyone who has contact with NHS in the last week or so knows there is one. Hunt really does not have the gravitas expected of a Secretary of State for Health. The whole Newsnight report on the NHS was excellent. Well done BBC. That is what journalism is there for.
Fresh back from British Journalism Awards. Delighted to present Gareth Browne from The Times with ‘New Journalist of the Year’ award for his coverage of ISIS. Grenfell Fire was the big domestic story and the tiny Inside Housing team rightly picked up ‘News organisation of the year’ beating their much larger Fleet Street rivals. IH reported extensively on fire safety in Tower Blocks including Grenfell before the fire. It was a pleasure to see so much good reporting and some old friends including Geoff Lean who as environment correspondent of The Observer successfully campaigned to have lead taken out of petrol.
The Washington Post says it has uncovered a failed “sting operation” by a group trying to peddle a sensational but false story to its journalists. A source told the newspaper she had been impregnated as a teenager by US politician Roy Moore………..
Dr Paul Lashmar, a journalism lecturer at London’s City University with a background in investigative journalism, said both groups have a valid stance.
With its “clearly political rather than journalistic agenda”, an organisation like Project Veritas is only beholden to its own ethical standards, he said, and for journalists, “it’s a very useful process, to know there are people out there ready to embarrass you if you don’t check out your story.”
Equally, he thinks it is “perfectly reasonable” of the Washington Post to release the details of off-the-record conversations – so long as it is done with care.
But “if someone is trying to entrap you, then it removes any duty of protection for that source,” he said.
The Washington Post says it has uncovered a failed “sting operation” by a group trying to peddle a sensational but false story to its journalists.
A source told the newspaper she had been impregnated as a teenager by US politician Roy Moore.
I wrote an article for Britain Journalism Review (BJR) last year on what journalists do with their paper and digital archives and what are the problems of preserving ‘the first draft of history’.
I’m following up with a natural second part to this which is: what to do about all those significant interview videos and audio tapes that are in warehouses and are historic in value. I made three Timewatchs in the 1990s with people who have never otherwise been interviewed. I interviewed at length a range of USAF (SAC), RAF and Red Air Force officers, from generals right down to crew, and then a long list of Cold War players including J K Galbraith. I would say many are of historic value and only a few minutes were actually broadcast.
There were lots of other significant interviews in other projects I worked on. Mostly we edited in 30 – 60 seconds but there were dozens of hours of tapes. While I have transcripts in my paper archives the beta tapes are stored somewhere by the independent TV company I was working with and I suspect other journalists and film-makers have this problem. Please tell me your story: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dr Lashmar, who is also a well-known academic, will be teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate journalism courses as a Senior Lecturer, including City’s MA Investigative Journalism programme.
He said: “I’m delighted to join City, one of the world’s most exciting journalism schools, and to be working alongside so many distinguished colleagues. It’s also great to be back in London, one of the great global news hubs.
“I’ll be doing everything I can to help students to become the probing and ethical journalists that world so desperately needs in this difficult time of fake news and sensationalist reporting.”
Dr Lashmar has worked in television, radio and print for media including Channel 4, the Observer, the Independent on Sunday and Granada Television.
He is an outstanding journalist and educator and our students will benefit hugely from his experience –Professor Suzanne Franks, Head of the Department of Journalism
His academic research and journalism has covered a broad range of subjects, including organised crime, terrorism, intelligence and business fraud. He is the author of four books, an adviser to the Centre for Investigative Journalism and a former winner of the Reporter of The Year prize at the British Press Awards.
Professor Suzanne Franks, Head of the Department of Journalism at City, said: “I am delighted that Paul Lashmar is joining our staff. He is an outstanding journalist and educator and our students will benefit hugely from his experience. Paul is also developing a strong track record as a researcher and we look forward to his contribution in this area.”
Dr Lashmar is an experienced commentator in the UK media and is regularly interviewed on radio and television. His current research interests include: the British press and the EU, journalism and espionage, and reporting serious crime.