The transcripts of the official inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. More…

Well, I think -- I mean, one of the modules I teach to the postgraduates is called "Journalism in context", and we look at the political context and the economic context and the legal context, and we look at the work context as well and we certainly do warn students that if they do go and work on certain types of national newspaper, by which I really mean the red tops or the two mid-market tabloids, they may find life extremely difficult.

But one of the things that we also try to talk about in context is that there's lots and lots of other journalism other than the national press. You know, an awful lot of discussion does tend to go on sometimes as if the only journalism that takes place is in the national press. As has been said already, we have an excellent, if shrinking, local and regional press, we have an excellent magazine sector, and when I was a journalist, which was throughout the 1980s, I worked, and very happily so, in the magazine sector. We have the trade press, we have the Internet.

So yes, I certainly warn students that they might be faced with some very, very difficult situations if they went and worked for the red tops or the mid-market tabloids, and on the whole, the advice is: don't.

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