Posts Tagged ‘media’

Sloppy newspaper captioning

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Front page, top centre, of yesterday’s Telegraph, a large colour photograph of a man and a woman, with the prominent title “Premier League boss’s brothel visit”.

It takes until the middle of the text underneath – there’s no caption as such, and it’s below the fold – to clarify that this is him “pictured with his wife” rather than, say, photographic evidence for the story. Not the most well-thought-out move, there.

Newspaper priorities

Friday, January 15th, 2010

I’ve just dealt with a pile of today’s and yesterday’s newspapers.

The Guardian, the Times and the Independent, both days: large full-colour photograph of Haiti on the front page as the main headline story, four inside pages of coverage (six in today’s Independent, and a few more in the second section of today’s Guardian) plus a scattering of editorials or leader articles.

The Telegraph and the Financial Times, both days: Haiti prominent, but other headline stories as well. One or two inside pages; the Telegraph also runs a background feature on Haiti’s history.

And, then, the Daily Mail: two inside pages each day, no front-page mention. The stories that displaced it, you’ll be pleased to know, were Gary McKinnon getting judicial review, and some research on a possible Alzheimers test; the front-page photographs were of Kate McCann and BeyoncĂ©.

I shouldn’t be surprised by this, but, really. The only element of it that doesn’t seem like self-parody is that neither story was about Labour incompetence causing a crash in house prices.