• November 30, 2012

    The Leveson report has been a long time coming. Since 1949 there have been five inquiries into the operation of the press in Britain. On each occasion, we have heard the same kind of outcry against independent scrutiny from media barons, a narrow band of newspaper pundits and politicians who serve the rich and powerful.

  • November 29, 2012

    Look out for live tweets from the 'Occupy the Issues' conference and seminar in Edinburgh today, beginning at 100.00am. These can be followed @simonbarrow on Twitter, using hashtags #occupy and #occupyissues.

  • November 15, 2012

    The Religion Newswriters Foundation, the charitable arm of the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA) in North America, is encouraging journalists to apply to its Lilly Scholarships in Religion Program. The scholarships give full-time journalists in the USA and Canada (only) up to US$5,000 to take any college religion courses at any accredited institution at any time.

  • October 7, 2012

    Speakers from the English Gypsy and Irish Traveller Movement have addressed a National Union of Journalists' conference meeting about Leveson.

  • October 7, 2012

    Illegal and exploitative practices in the press have flourished because of union de-recognition in the 1980s, the National Union of Journalists has heard.

  • September 16, 2012

    Our minds tend towards the creation of categories. The capacity to classify and order is the engine of learning and enquiry. When permitted to go unexamined, it may also be the source of prejudice and injustice.

  • April 30, 2012

    Simon Barrow's speech on the need for an official government media inquiry, made to the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), meeting in Inverness from 23-25 April 2012. See notes and NUJ resolution below the text for further details.

  • April 23, 2012

    Alongside a major emphasis on economy and jobs in a time of crisis (the special session this morning was entitled 'A Better Way') media issues are among the concerns being tackled at the 115th STUC (S

  • April 16, 2012

    Since 2000, 55 journalists in Mexico have been killed. Most of them brutally shot or tortured for doing their job. Maria Elizabeth Macia Castro from the city of Nuevo Laredo wrote online under the pseudonym ‘The Girl from Laredo’, reporting the activities of criminal groups in her area. She used Twitter to push the information she uncovered to a wider audience.

  • April 4, 2012

    Image manipulation, trivia and opportunist deceit have brought our politics low, says Jill Segger. She suggests we all need to examine our attitudes and loyalties if the decline is to be arrested.