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Indeed. Well, you have so far borne it.

So far, I think -- sorry, the difficulty then is to get the debate and the research and the proposals of what are academic or quasi-academic institutions -- the Reuters Institute is part of Oxford University, POLIS is part of LSE, the Media Standards Trust is not part of a university but brings out material or publishes material which is rather similar to much of what POLIS and the Reuters Institute does.

The problem is getting that into, if you like, the journalistic discourse. There is no, if you like, general meeting place for journalists who then discuss these issues. There are the usual suspects, who will come to academic conferences or seminars and give their views, but by and large they don't.

Reuters Institute have tried extremely hard to get editors of tabloids to speak, and they simply will not come. Sometimes when they do respond, which is rare, they will say that there is no point in having a dialogue because it would be a dialogue of the death.

So what does happen in other cultures -- again, especially in the United States, where there is, at least to some extent, a mingling of the academy or journalism studies with the profession -- hardly happens here at all, and I think that is a shame, because although some journalism and media studies, in my experience, are almost impenetrable because they use a particular kind of academic jargon, much of what is published is of great use and interest and elevates the debate as well as the profession.

So it is difficult to get these things across.

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