The politics of black hair
By Emma Dabiri - 29 January 14:48

Mainstream conversations about feminism usually proceed from the standpoint of middle-class white women - but they need to know their experiences aren't universal, including when it comes to hair.

Tony Gallagher.
The sacked editor, the art of failing better and the Lib Dems’ portly “groping peer”
By Peter Wilby - 22 January 11:04

The old yardsticks of success no longer apply in a digital age: profitability, circulation, scoops. And with the Guardian's sale of its stake in Auto Trader, the newspaper world is taking huge risks.

Daily Telegraph editor Tony Gallagher leaves the paper
By Media Mole - 21 January 12:42

Chris Evans will become acting editor for the weekday paper. Is a total restructure in the offing?

John Nimmo and Isabella Sorley: A tale of two "trolls"
By Helen Lewis - 08 January 13:15

Yesterday, two people - a man and a woman - were convicted of sending threatening tweets to Caroline Criado-Perez. What do their stories tell us about the causes of internet abuse, and how to tackle it?

Paul Dacre by Ralph Steadman.
Paul Dacre of the Daily Mail: The man who hates liberal Britain
By Peter Wilby - 02 January 10:30

He's the most successful and most feared newspaperman of his generation. But after a bad year in which he was forced to defend his methods, how much longer can Dacre survive as editor-in-chief of the Daily Mail?

New Statesman
Laurie Penny: The 20 best online pieces of 2013
By Laurie Penny - 27 December 10:28

Laurie Penny selects her favourite online writing from the last 12 months

New Statesman.
Editor's picks: Jason Cowley on the best pieces from 2013
By Jason Cowley - 23 December 12:52

The New Statesman editor selects some of his favourite reviews, essays and comment published in the magazine in 2013 - from John Gray on Edmund Burke to Will Self's tribute to pessimism.

Marching barefoot for Mandela, rebel cricket tours and children’s Gothic imagination
By Peter Wilby - 19 December 13:23

Mandela was above all a politician, but also became like Jesus in that his name was invoked to support all sorts of improbable causes.

Taking Jeremy Clarkson seriously, a second honeymoon and the death of an elephant
By Amol Rajan - 12 December 14:53

Amol Rajan, editor of the Independent, writes the diary.

Hacking trial: Piers Morgan told Rebekah he knew her splash after “listening” to her messages
By Press Gazette - 11 December 17:32

Morgan was attending a dinner party for Andy Coulson’s birthday at a steak restaurant in Balham, south London when the comments were made.

New Statesman
Mole’s favourite response to the New Statesman North issue
By Media Mole - 06 December 10:57

Mole has been doing some digging around the New Statesman mailbag this week, and would like to offer a hat–tip to Sean Dooley of Cheshire:

The "murder" of Stephen Ward, a prize reporter's courage and Boris the buffoon
By Peter Wilby - 04 December 15:02

Boris Johnson used the third Margaret That­cher Memorial Lecture at the Centre for Policy Studies in London to make a fool of himself, and the results of the British Journalism Awards would be hard to disagree with.

The "plane row" hero: the internet loves to applaud when a woman is put in her place
By Glosswitch - 01 December 13:23

Elan Gale wasn't standing up for the little guy when he told a woman to "eat my dick" after she was allegedly rude to flight attendants. He was grandstanding, and sexists lapped it up.

Miley Cyrus.
Laurie Penny on girl trouble: we care about young women as symbols, not as people
By Laurie Penny - 30 November 9:27

For all those knuckle-clutching articles about how girls everywhere are about to pirouette into twerking, puking, self-hating whorishness, we do not actually care about young women.

Why Channel 4's Gogglebox is the best thing on television
By Jenny Landreth - 29 November 15:42

It reminds me that TV executives can get things right, which is bloody annoying.

How Jon Snow dissing the PlayStation 4 explains why no one cares you can't afford a house
By Martin Robbins - 29 November 10:35

Our media is biased towards men over 50 - and that affects how they cover every aspect of our lives.

Borgen stars Sidse Babett Knudsen (far left) as Birgitte Nyborg
Borgen was supposed to be a failure — so why did it succeed?
By Caroline Crampton - 28 November 14:22

"I didn’t want to tell a political story where all the politicians were shits, just devious bastards who were self-sufficient and only wanted power for the sake of power. I couldn’t write even ten episodes of that, because it would just be ... evil."

New Statesman
The BBC behemoth, renationalising energy and energised by Cambridge
By Roger Mosey - 28 November 13:10

The merits of the Channel 4 model and the Cavendish Laboratory.

Tears for puppet horses, French prostitution and going for silver
By Jenni Murray - 27 November 15:23

Jenni Murray is presenter of Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.

The stresses of cricket, a Maoist conspiracy and Iran comes in from the cold
By Peter Wilby - 27 November 15:21

A-level history students used to learn about the Diplomatic Revolution of 1756 in which Britain and France, long-standing enemies, swapped allies. Britain and Austria against France and Prussia became Britain and Prussia against France and Austria.

"What makes a great political thinker?" asks the Daily Politics
By Giles Dilnot - 26 November 14:03

Andrew Neil's BBC politics show is currently profiling the lives of influential figures such as like Ayn Rand, Karl Marx, Thomas Paine and Mary Wollstonecraft.

New Statesman
The Staggers named Best Online Comment Site
By George Eaton - 26 November 11:46

The New Statesman wins another gong at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards.

The topsy–turvy world of newspaper regulation and government spies
By Martin Moore - 25 November 14:07

Press Freedom, Leveson, GCHQ and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

Obama’s drone warfare, Ashcroft on Cameron and the mystery of GQ’s absent editors
By Jason Cowley - 21 November 15:00

Robert Greenwald's documentary "Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars" is a work of ruthless propaganda - in the best sense. Meanwhile the purpose of Lord Ashcroft's planned biography is much less clear.

Heseltine’s act of faith and the redesign of the Independent
By Peter Wilby - 21 November 14:54

Plus: an incident down a dark alley

Chris Patten: “The BBC gets bashed more than Assad”
By Ed Smith - 21 November 10:26

The Chairman of the BBC Trust is on a mission to restore BBC confidence and moral authority.

New Statesman
Has the phone hacking trial created a new form of journalism?
By David Banks - 11 November 13:56

The idea that the democratisation of news means we are all journalists now is, sadly, a fantasy.

Former News of the World editor and No 10 communications chief Andy Coulson
Andy Coulson arranged seven-star hotel stay for lover Rebekah Brooks and husband Ross Kemp, court told
By Press Gazette - 06 November 15:05

Andy Coulson is "very ambitious but not ruthless", the jury has heard from one of his closest friends.

Jeremy Paxman talks to Russell Brand on Newsnight.
"I decided not to vote once": Jeremy Paxman backs Russell Brand's apathy over politics
By Helen Lewis - 05 November 9:02

Newsnight presenter reveals he did not vote in a recent election, as he expresses sympathy with New Statesman guest editor's disillusionment with Westminster.

The front pages on Coulson and Brooks: spot the odd one out
By Media Mole - 01 November 10:00

One title, renowned for its prurient interests, seems to have strangely missed the story.