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MEDIA NEWS

Bias Britain 

The Muslim Council of Britain has published research demonstrating that most coverage of Muslims in the UK news has a negative slant. Following an analysis of 11,000 articles and news broadcasts during the final three months of 2018, the study found the New Statesman, the Observer and the Guardian to be the least likely to portray Muslims in a negative manner whilst over three quarters (78%) of Mail on Sunday stories featured negative themes. Overall, over half (59%) of UK media stories about Muslim people were negative.

Diversifying the media

It came as The Sun and the Mirror launched paid work placements for post-graduate journalism students who are ‘actively engaged in British Muslim communities’. The Widening Media Diversity Scholarship at City University will cover tuition fees for two students to complete a masters in journalism. Upon completing the course, one student will be offered a minimum three-month placement at The Sun with the other taking up a six-month placement at the Mirror. The scholarship aims to ‘help develop a pool of Muslim journalists who can advance diversity in the media industry, improve reporting on religion and minorities in the media and champion under-represented communities’.

Brexit Britain 

Brexit Party MEPs have launched their own YouTube channel: BrexBox. ‘Instead of relying on our friends in the media to give us a fair hearing, we thought we’d take matters into our own hands,’ says Belinda de Lucy, MEP for the South East, in the opening of the first episode as the four panellists cheers half pints of beer in the Strasbourg European Parliament. The remaining 14 minutes include discussions of the MEPs turning their backs in the chamber, creeping federalism, social media, and the overwhelming feeling of entering the European Parliament.

Rising attacks 

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright announced last week that the Government will establish a National Committee for the Safety of Journalists. The Committee will coordinate a National Action Plan on the Safety of Journalists and ensure that those who threaten journalists are held to account and consider how the UK can better protect journalists. Representatives from journalism organisations and government departments will form the Committee and make recommendations to the Government.

 CONVERSATION OF THE WEEK

 

MEDIA MOVES

Heather Saul is now an online comment editor at the i paper.

Richard Frediani will be BBC Breakfast editor from September. He wrote on Twitter: “I’m overwhelmed and slowly replying to the hundreds of kind and funny messages, tweets, texts and emails since revealing I’m leaving @ITVEveningNews to become Editor of @BBCBreakfast at the end of Sept. Plenty still to do and lucky to have the support of @itvnews and @BBCNews.”

Paul Kelso has been appointed business correspondent at Sky News.

Nina Massey is now a science correspondent at PA Media (formerly Press Association).

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