Why the Sun’s “boy with the devil mark” front page should make you uneasy
By Media Mole - 29 July 10:39

A child with a peculiarly-shaped mark on his body has been given national exposure by the Sun.

Jon Snow on the children of Gaza.
Jon Snow on the children of Gaza: “We share some responsibility for those deaths”
By Media Mole - 27 July 20:14

The Channel 4 presenter has recorded an emotional speech to camera following his reporting trip to Gaza, which has been under heavy bombardment from Israel. 

Tulisa drug trial collapses because of Fake Sheikh's testimony
By New Statesman - 21 July 14:05

The singer Tulisa's drug trial has collapsed because of "strong grounds to believe" the Sun's Mazher Mahmood "lied" at the pre-trial hearing.

Cartoon by Ralph Steadman
Rupert’s red top: the rise and fall of Rebekah Brooks
By Peter Jukes - 17 July 10:00

Peter Jukes watched the former tabloid editor’s extraordinary composure in court on every day of the hacking trial. Her story tells you everything you need to know about the way power works.

Female MPs photographed outside Parliament in May to campaign for the return of the Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria.
Female MPs in the press: slated or ignored
By Lucy Fisher - 10 July 15:36

A new study hints at sexism in the press.

MailOnline is “the benchmark of anonymous bullying, abuse and grammatically incorrect barbs”.
“Your family are losers and your children are adopted”: what it’s like to write for MailOnline
By Grant Feller - 09 July 11:17

Grant Feller thought he knew what he was getting into when he wrote about his new life as a stay-at-home dad for MailOnline – but the vileness of the response surpassed his wildest expectations.

Andy Coulson arriving at the Old Bailey for sentencing. Photo: Getty
Andy Coulson jailed for 18 months for conspiracy to hack phones
By New Statesman - 04 July 10:36

Former No 10 communications director and News of the World editor is sentenced.

Stuff magazine is dropping the scantily-clad cover stars. Photo:  Joe Loong on Flickr, via CC
Lads’ mags are starting to drop the scantily-clad cover stars – sexism is over now, right?
By Frances Ryan - 03 July 10:39

Loaded magazine has relaunched without topless cover stars, while gadget mag Stuff has dropped the scantily-clad girls, too. Is the “buy a magazine, get some misogyny for free” idea finally dead?

Victoria Derbyshire is among those leaving Radio 5 live for “new ventures”. Photo: BBC
New Radio 5 live line-up will have only an hour a week fronted by a woman
By Media Mole - 01 July 13:39

High profile presenters Victoria Derbyshire and Shelagh Fogarty are departing, to be replaced by the likes of Adrian Chiles, Peter Allen, and Tony Livesey.

An audience member uses a smartphone during a political event. Photo: Getty
My year as Benedict Brogan’s “little slave”
By Tim Wigmore - 26 June 12:01

Now that Benedict Brogan has departed the Telegraph, Tim Wigmore – who used to help write his Morning Briefing email – remembers how it used to come together.

Andy Coulson is driven away from the Old Bailey after being found guilty of conspiracy to hack phones. Photo: Getty
Andy Coulson is guilty of hacking – but Murdoch once again comes out on top
By Peter Wilby - 26 June 11:05

As for hoping that newspapers will repent of their sins and now accept the royal charter that followed the Leveson inquiry, forget it.

Dame Angelina: Jolie delivers her speech at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, London 13 June. Photo: Getty
Naughty parents, supermarket schooling and Angelina Jolie's campaigning
By Peter Wilby - 26 June 10:00

Peter Wilby’s First Thoughts column.

 A woman looks at Piet Mondrian's 1927 piece Composition with Red, Blue and Grey, on display ahead of sale at Sotheby's June 18. Photo: Getty
Cheering on Italy, dressing as a Mondrian and Dave’s date at Chiltern Firehouse
By Joy Lo Dico - 26 June 10:00

The PM sat down for supper with his wife and two friends. With EU negotiations at fever pitch, Iraq crumbling and snappers outside, a politician with taste might have cried off that night.

Scandi rouge: Norway's Got Talent
Imperial gogglebox: TV is one of Britain’s most successful exports
By James Medd - 26 June 10:00

China is obsessed with Sherlock, Iran loves Top Gear and Azerbaijan has its own Anne Robinson. But these shows are worth much more than money, writes James Medd.

Ed Miliband. Photo: Getty
Ed Miliband says the PM “owes the country an explanation” after Andy Coulson guilty verdict
By New Statesman - 24 June 14:53

The Labour leader says the PM’s decision to employ the former News of the World editor “taints David Cameron’s government”.

David Cameron apologises.
David Cameron’s “full and frank apology” for hiring Andy Coulson
By New Statesman - 24 June 13:50

The prime minister makes his long-promised apology after his former communications director was found guilty of phone hacking.

Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey. Photo: Getty
Andy Coulson found guilty of phone hacking; Rebekah Brooks cleared of all charges
By New Statesman - 24 June 12:07

The outcome of the phone hacking trial at the Old Bailey.

Felix Dennis.
“Is there anything you consider indecent”? Felix Dennis at the OZ trial from the NS archive
By Jonathan Dimbleby - 24 June 10:31

Jonathan Dimbleby reports from the OZ trial, where the late Felix Dennis (1947-2014) and his co-editors Richard Neville and Jim Anderson stood trial for "conspiracy to corrupt public morals".

Why would a grieving family want to hear from a not-quite England footballer, Ian Wright?
By Media Mole - 24 June 10:17

The Sun columnist says football players shirking international duty should have to call the parents of someone killed in Afghanistan and explain themselves. What?

Even if you do add in Russell Brand, it doesn't necessarily make your march newsworthy. Photo: Getty
No, the media didn’t ignore your anti-austerity march – it just wasn’t that interesting
By Willard Foxton - 23 June 13:12

There’s no organised “media blackout” on reporting protest marches. More often than not, they just aren’t that much of a story.

They who shout loudest: an onlooker with a megaphone at the Tour de France, 2013. Photo: Getty
Social media is important for journos but let’s keep things in proportion
By Ed Smith - 19 June 16:30

A tiny online minority has a disproportionately loud voice. It is important to remember the weak correlation between the things we know some readers think and what readers, in totality, really think. 

"Edinburgh's disgrace", Calton Hill: the lack of a national 6 o'clock news is a big problem for Scotland. Photo: Getty
The lack of a Scottish Six O’Clock News is a major democratic flaw
By Angus Roxburgh - 17 June 12:34

Viewers in Scotland have to sit through half-hour bulletins that may have no domestic news relevant to their lives, before Scottish news is broadcast as a budget regional news programme. 

Rebekah Brooks arrives for the first day of the trial at the Old Bailey. Photo: Getty
Why and how Peter Jukes live-tweeted the entire phonehacking trial
By Anoosh Chakelian - 12 June 11:04

450,000 words, over 2.5m keystrokes, 12,000 followers and about seven months of coverage later, first-time trial live-tweeter Peter Jukes can finally give his fingers a rest.

Feed the world: Live Aid 1985, which Mark Ellen helped present. Photo: Getty
Mark Ellen: a big bad love affair with music mags
By Andrew Harrison - 05 June 10:00

Mark Ellen changed the face of music magazines with Smash Hits, Q, SelectMojo and finally The Word. His memoir is as “hectic, self-deprecating, quietly perceptive” as the man himself. 

Claire Shipman and Katty Kay, authors of The Confidence Code. Photo: Stephen Voss/Redux/Eyevine
Talking about women’s lack of confidence may be counterproductive
By Alice Robb - 05 June 10:00

A new book by newscasters Katty Kay and Clare Shipman argues women’s timidity is holding them back at work – but does it perpetuate the idea that confidence is a masculine trait.

The editor of The Oldie Richard Ingrams resigns – for being "too old" to attend a disciplinary hearing
By Media Mole - 02 June 13:03

The former Private Eye editor and founder of The Oldie resigns following a long-running dispute with the magazine's publisher.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore. Photo: Getty
Why do misogynists deserve the “privacy” the women they abuse are denied?
By Sarah Ditum - 27 May 10:26

From the case of Richard Scudamore to that of Justin Lee Collins, the lie that the public degradation of women is somehow a private matter for the men who perpetrate it has taken hold.

A shattered window at the crime scene in Isla Vista. Photo: Getty
Let's call the Isla Vista killings what they were: misogynist extremism
By Laurie Penny - 25 May 14:46

For some time now, misogynist extremism has been excused, as all acts of terrorism committed by white men are excused, as an aberration, as the work of random loons, not real men at all. Why are we denying the existence of a pattern?

Alice Walker
What we talk about when we talk about trigger warnings
By Laurie Penny - 21 May 17:31

In the mainstream press, it is common for newscasters to warn viewers if they are about to see "potentially distressing" content. So why is there such resistance to trigger warnings - which encourage openness and honesty, rather than shutting down debate?

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