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Published: Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:30:18 GMT2017-12-11T08:30:18Z

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Ten things the media should do – and not do – when reporting on Dreamers

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:00:15 GMT2017-12-11T07:00:15Z

When we and other news media cover Dreamers, we don’t always get it right – so we asked our panel for their top tips on how to improve our journalism

The Guardian has invited a group of Dreamers to guest-edit Guardian US for three days. Our goal: to elevate voices often excluded from the national conversation.

We sat down with a panel of Dreamers in October for a long workshop. What did they want to see more of in the news? What issues could be better covered? Did they have any tips for journalists working on stories covering their lives, and their right to stay in the US?

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The Story of the Face by Paul Gorman review – the original purveyor of cool

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:00:15 GMT2017-12-11T07:00:15Z

Revolutionary style bible the Face deserves a more spirited history

In September 1988, the style magazine the Face celebrated its 100th issue in triumphal fashion. There was an elaborate fold-out cover, essays by star writers such as Nick Kent and Julie Burchill and fashion stories by leading photographers including Mario Testino and Nick Knight, their contributions all testament to the magazine’s dazzling international profile. “Every art director in New York and Tokyo has to have the Face now,” declared cultural commentator Peter York. “Magazine of the decade,” the publication itself trumpeted on the cover.

Behind the scenes the mood was less bullish. The magazine’s founder and editor, Nick Logan, was considering ceasing publication, out of concern that a second 100 issues might not match the quality of the first. Logan eventually relented. But the fact that he contemplated closing down the title at the height of its fortunes is a telling insight into his high standards. It’s also an indication of why, 13 years after its eventual demise in 2004, the Face retains a reputation as one of the most influential magazines in British publishing history.

Related: How we made the Face

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Max Clifford obituary

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:28:58 GMT2017-12-10T18:28:58Z

Publicist involved in some of the most controversial exposés of the last 40 years

If ever there was an example of the old maxim that those who live by the sword ultimately perish by it, the publicist Max Clifford, who has died aged 74, exemplified it. For more than 40 years he represented and defended a string of famous and not-so famous clients and boasted of his professional and sexual prowess, not least in his 2005 autobiography, Read All About It.

Never reticent at self-publicity, Clifford was unrepentant about the stories he sold to the tabloids, both true and false – and the ones he claimed he had kept out of the papers on his clients’ behalf. He once boasted at the Oxford Union: “Every day, every week, every month, a lot of the lies that you see in the newspapers, in magazines, on television, on radio, are mine.”

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Prince George, a small boy yet also a symbol in the public conversation | Paul Chadwick | Open door

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:52:02 GMT2017-12-10T15:52:02Z

A taxonomy of fame helps in making judgments about who loses some privacy in the public interest

The story concerned two-year-old comments by a cleric to this effect: pray that Prince George is gay because a royal same-sex marriage could help to make the Church of England more inclusive of LGBT people. Among the campaigner’s nine suggestions was the option to pray “for the Lord to bless Prince George with a love, when he grows up, of a fine young gentleman”.

The recently announced engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle seemed to give matters marriage and royal renewed prominence, and among others the Guardian covered the comments in news and opinion articles.

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Max Clifford, jailed former publicist, dies aged 74

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:47:19 GMT2017-12-10T14:47:19Z

Clifford, sentenced to eight years in prison in 2014, collapsed at HMP Littlehey in Cambridgeshire, says MoJ spokeswoman

Former celebrity publicist Max Clifford, who was serving a jail sentence for sex offences, has died in hospital aged 74, the Ministry of Justice has said.

Clifford had a cardiac arrest in hospital on Friday, his daughter said. The previous day, he had collapsed in his cell at Littlehey prison in Cambridgeshire, where he was serving an eight-year prison sentence for historical sex offences.

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Take back control: Taylor Swift shows the media how it's done | Jane Martinson

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:00:02 GMT2017-12-10T14:00:02Z

The phrase has been tarnished by its political hijacking, but it is still meaningful and the singer is its musical apotheosis


When Taylor Swift sang “I don’t trust nobody and nobody trusts me” on her latest album, she could have been talking about a recent breakup. But I’d put money on it being about the media, not men.

Reputation, which came out in November, marks a turning point in her relationship with the people who write about her. The cover shows her against a background of her name repeated endlessly in newsprint. She has refused to promote the album in the traditional way by giving interviews.

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The fine art of saying sorry

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:00:33 GMT2017-12-10T10:00:33Z

The sexual harassment scandal has added extra layers of absurdity to the art of the apology. Jay Rayner reveals why so many public figures get it so wrong

On 20 November the American journalist and writer Dana Schwartz launched a new website. It was called the Celebrity Perv Apology Generator, and it did exactly what it said. At the click of a “try again” button it generated new apologies for lazy celebs, accused of appalling sexual misdemeanours, who couldn’t be fagged to get their publicists to write one for them. “As a person who was born in an era before women were ‘people’, I am deeply ashamed (but not ‘sorry’ because that means I’m guilty of something),” read one.

Or: “As the father of daughters the allegations against me are troubling. I imagined that any woman would have been thrilled to see a tiny penis peeking out from below my pasty, middle-aged paunch like the head of a geriatric albino turtle moments from death.” Click try again once more, and: “I feel tremendously guilty now that the things I did have been made public… I will get the help I so badly need because this isn’t actually my fault.”

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All credit to the owners of the far-seeing i

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:00:29 GMT2017-12-10T07:00:29Z

Johnston Press raised the price of their cheap and independent acquisition, and it looked like a bad move. But now they report profits of £1m a month

Contrition corner: when the i newspaper shoved its weekday cover price up to 60p (and to 80p on Saturdays) in August, I wondered how long Johnston Press could go on milking a product founded on being cheap, cheap, cheap (and independent). Answer: for some time yet.

Johnston says that it’s making a £1m-a-month profit on the i with continuing sales-plus-distribution of 266,000. Hail to the group’s strategy of “investing in improved content”, with staffing numbers up to 66 (from 50 in 2016, when Johnston bought the paper). Excellent stuff: though if “significant investment in editorial teams” is the key to success, you can’t quite see why Johnston doesn’t try the same magic on its 300-plus other titles too.

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If Disney buys Fox, could Sky News survive for long?

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:00:29 GMT2017-12-10T07:00:29Z

Disney ownership of 21st Century Fox would put the future of less lucrative parts of Rupert Murdoch’s empire, including News Corp, in jeopardy

The prospect of Disney swallowing 21st Century Fox (AKA Mickey Mouse swallowing Rupert Bear) is real. Talks between the two giants are on again. Price alignment is being pursued. There are even tales that James Murdoch may emerge as Disney chief executive if the price match becomes a corporate love match.

Related: Rupert Murdoch says his newspapers are struggling in digital age

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Who’d want to be the big man or woman at the ‘behemoth’ BBC?

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:00:29 GMT2017-12-10T07:00:29Z

In the face of relentless pressure from the right and disgruntlement from the left, it’s no wonder some of the corporation’s senior staff are restless

Ah! Forget goodwill and Mrs M’s supposed triumphs in Brussels. It’s almost Christmas – almost time for another ritual onslaught on that “statist behemoth” we call the BBC as it drones along oozing “monotonous soft-left bias”. That was the Daily Mail in the summer, but the Sun and Telegraph do their Little Sir Echoes pat on cue. No one on the Brexit right loves the Beeb these days.

But the funny thing, after a double dose of Farage and Mogg on Marr last week, is that nobody on the Remaining left loves much Broadcasting House either. And this time around, the ancient mantras of fairness and balance provide no defence.

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Catalonia’s media drop impartiality for independence

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:00:29 GMT2017-12-10T07:00:29Z

The starkly divergent news agendas promoted in Madrid and Barcelona expose the crisis that state-funded journalism can face when the political stakes rise

Some fundamental media questions can never be definitively answered. One is: who should be allowed to own a newspaper or news organisation? Another – a core problem as those crucial Catalonian regional elections near – is who controls the public service apparatus that supposedly delivers independent but state-sanctified journalism?

Hollow laugh. You might have hoped that the high-profile role of Catalan-language, regionally subsidised TV and radio would be muted during a campaign that will help decide Catalonia’s future. No such luck. TV3 and the radio channels are as independence-enthused as ever – and in frequent debate with the electoral commission. Is Carles Puigdemont a president or an ex-president? Are those nationalist leaders still in jail political prisoners?

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Data-hungry Facebook seeks younger recruits | John Naughton

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:00:29 GMT2017-12-10T07:00:29Z

The social network’s new Messenger Kids app is doubtless well intentioned – but also helps to get the under-13s hooked by the Facebook habit

In one of those coincidences that give irony a bad name, Facebook launched a new service for children at the same time that a moral panic was sweeping the UK about the dangers of children using live-streaming apps that enable anyone to broadcast video directly from a smartphone or a tablet. The BBC showed a scary example of what can happen. A young woman who works as an internet safety campaigner posed as a 14-year-old girl to find out what occurs when a young female goes online using one of these streaming services.

You can imagine what happened and if you can’t, go to the BBC site and search for “posing as a schoolgirl to expose online groomers”. No one who understands the internet would be surprised, given that the network holds up a mirror to human nature and much that is reflected in it is very dark. Another report claimed that children as young as nine who use the Periscope app are being groomed in this way, getting messages such as “show skirt under desk” (to cite one of the less explicit requests). Needless to say, Twitter (which owns Periscope) says that it has “zero tolerance” on this kind of thing. Which doesn’t quite answer the obvious question: what steps are you taking to ensure that children can’t use this app?

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Liam Fox seeks to spearhead tech giants’ grab for ‘digital oil’

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:00:29 GMT2017-12-10T07:00:29Z

Britain’s trade secretary says he wants to discuss rules on customs duties at WTO summit, but campaigners allege a broader agenda

Britain’s trade secretary, Liam Fox, will be a star of this week’s meeting in Buenos Aires of the World Trade Organisation. This won’t be for anything he has to say so much as for being the representative of the UK as it nears the European Union’s exit door.

Most economists expect that a hard Brexit – which Fox prefers to a deal that keeps the UK entwined with EU institutions – would damage global trade. A soft Brexit is expected to be a modest blow. This might not matter had global trade not been going through a rough patch over the past couple of years. In 2014 and 2015 it slumped as foreign investment slowed, developed nations rowed back on outsourcing, sanctions on Russia bit and Brazil’s corruption scandals hit some of the country’s biggest businesses.

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The readers’ editor on repressive regimes and press freedom | Stephen Pritchard

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:05:21 GMT2017-12-10T00:05:21Z

As human rights abuses in Egypt increase, the government is labelling the journalists who try to tell the truth as terrorists

News is not merely a daily record of events – it is the narrative of our lives. It defines who we are and where separate nations fit into the story of one wider, shared world. Take away that narrative, as happens so often in repressive regimes, and a nation and its people start to lose their identity.

Any regime that stifles a functioning press is not only depriving its citizens of the fresh air of news, it is denying the world the opportunity to understand that nation and risks natural curiosity being replaced with wariness and suspicion, which, in turn, can lead to hatred, even conflict.

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Trump attacks 'vicious, fake news CNN' after correction to WikiLeaks email story

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 18:07:05 GMT2017-12-09T18:07:05Z

  • Network corrected exclusive story involving Trump and hacked documents
  • Trump: ‘Their slogan should be CNN – the least trusted name in news’

Donald Trump on Saturday fired more shots in his offensive against CNN, after the network was forced to correct an exclusive report that had seemed to implicate his administration in a scandal involving the release of leaked documents.

Related: CNN forced to climb down over Trump-WikiLeaks email report

Related: Trump-Russia investigation: the key questions answered

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Fox and Disney: is Rupert Murdoch in retreat - or planning his next move?

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 13:19:09 GMT2017-12-09T13:19:09Z

With Disney apparently poised to take over key Fox assets, it seems as though the Murdoch family is ceding control of its empire. What’s behind the move?

After more than 50 years of deal-making to build one of the world’s biggest media companies, Rupert Murdoch looks to be on the retreat. Cornered by the Fangs – as the tech giants Facebook, Apple, Netflix and Google are known – the ageing executive appears to have decided that its time to cash in and give up on a long-held ambition to hand his huge empire on to his children.

Until recently, Murdoch-watchers had assumed the patriarch planned to pass control of 21st Century Fox, his studio and TV business, over to one of his sons, Lachlan or James. Now the jewels in his crown look likely to be sold, with one-time rival Walt Disney in pole position to take them over.

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Joy and jitters: media response to Theresa May's Brexit deal

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:18:23 GMT2017-12-08T23:18:23Z

Some front pages celebrate the Brussels agreement with the European Union; others warn of the hurdles ahead“Rejoice,” cries the Daily Mail. “Mrs Softee,” is how the Daily Mirror brands Theresa May.Newspapers in the UK have given a mixed response to the prime minister’s Brexit deal with her European counterparts that she announced in Brussels on Friday alongside the European commission’s Jean-Claude Juncker.FT WEEKEND FRONT PAGE: 'May's triumph blunted by Tusk warning on tough choices ahead' #skypapers pic.twitter.com/mSQG2waEdtDAILY MAIL: Rejoice! We’re on our way #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/tvCu9frk9oDAILY MIRROR FRONT PAGE: 'Mrs Softee' #skypapers pic.twitter.com/pmi4sUwEbuTHE TIMES: May bounces back #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/sW9srbfaRmDAILY TELEGRAPH: The price of freedom #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/Tbyxqnhkl1Tomorrow’s @Independent front - words by @joncstone. You can subscribe to the Daily Edition app here. £1 for a month’s trial. I recommend it! https://t.co/zGon4Q2gqa pic.twitter.com/zYovog6fa0iweekend front page #tomorrowspaperstoday #skypapers with @starwars #TheLastJedi @jamieoliver @jameschappers @The_Real_JSP @AndrewMarr9 @ShappiKhorsandi @iaindale @alicevjones @justinmoorhouse @jamesdegale1 @owen_faz @KimSengupta07 @Rick_Stein @KirstieMAllsopp @ChefTomKerridge pic.twitter.com/HPjII9PIYhA #Brexit deal is done.Now we move to next phase of in-fighting Tomorrow’s Guardian pic.twitter.com/Gcsl5HI7qOEXPRESS: Huge Brexit boost at last #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/F6tfbdJpX6Saturday's Sun: "Glass attack on TV Kat" (via @hendopolis) #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/jzP6tjY65dSTAR: Jungle ‘bully’ Dennis gets record complaints #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/sLCYKPL1Gt Continue reading...[...]


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CNN forced to climb down over Trump-WikiLeaks email report

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:18:47 GMT2017-12-08T17:18:47Z

Network said Trump had received email that offered hacked WikiLeaks files – but CNN got date wrong and later admitted material was already in public sphere

CNN was forced to climb down from a report Friday that an encryption key allowing access to hacked content had been emailed to Donald Trump and aides two months before the presidential election.

Such a key had been emailed, the cable network said in a corrected report, but the material it gave access to was already in the public sphere, and not previously unseen as an initial CNN report suggested.

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Dubious polls and murky media: the truth behind Vladimir Putin’s popularity | Maxim Trudolyubov

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:34:15 GMT2017-12-08T15:34:15Z

The Russian president is seeking re-election – and the fact that he’ll achieve it virtually unopposed says much for the slick propaganda machine he’s built

In Russia, there is an entire generation of young people who do not have a first-hand recollection of life before Vladimir Putin. The Putin era must feel to them a bit like the Brezhnev era felt to me.

I remember Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev well. I remember the way he spoke, the way everyone made fun of him, the way he was synonymous with that era. When he died, in 1982, I was about 10 and my parents about 40. The Brezhnev era was endless, they used to tell me.

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Full rounds of Premier League games to be shown live for first time

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:45:58 GMT2017-12-08T14:45:58Z

• Three midweek rounds of fixtures and bank holiday programme available
• Fresh auction for 2019-20 season could see Amazon and Facebook enter fray

Full rounds of Premier League matches will be shown on live TV for the
first time with Saturday night prime time games directly rivalling X-Factor
and Strictly Come Dancing.

The tender document for the 2019-2022 seasons was issued to broadcasters by
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