Journalism

Fascinating exhibitions – clunky editorialising: Breaking the News at the British Library reviewed

7 May 2022 9:00 am

In The Spectator office’s toilets there are framed front covers of the events that didn’t happen: Corbyn beats Boris; ‘Here’s…

In praise of amateurs

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Two weeks ago in St Moritz I ran into both Nicolas Niarchos and Nikolai von Bismarck, two talented young men…

Mexico is no country for journalists

26 February 2022 9:00 am

I’m writing this on my last day in Mexico City, having accompanied my 18-year-old daughter here for the first week…

Why we still need the BBC

22 January 2022 9:00 am

The BBC must ask itself if Nadine Dorries has a point

Anthony Holden is nostalgic for journalism’s good old bad old days

27 November 2021 9:00 am

After a career spanning 50 years, 40 books and about a million parties, Anthony Holden has written a memoir. Based…

The stories that are too good to check

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Last weekend, Rolling Stone ran a story about an interview an emergency room doctor had given to a local news…

A brief history of harlots

17 July 2021 9:00 am

I write this as a follow-up to last week’s essay on muzzling after making whoopee. I’m on my way to…

How I missed the Matt Hancock story

3 July 2021 9:00 am

How I missed the Hancock story

What would ‘sensitivity readers’ have made of my student scoops?

26 June 2021 9:00 am

‘Whatever you do, don’t call them snowflakes,’ Caroline said the last time I spoke to Oxford students. ‘That’s not a…

The Sun goes down

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Where did it all go wrong for the Sun?

Out-scooping the men: six women reporters of the second world war

22 May 2021 9:00 am

Two war correspondents were hitching a lift towards Paris in August 1944 when a sudden wave of German bombers forced…

The problem with Equity’s anti-racism guidelines

1 May 2021 9:00 am

‘Rouse tempers, goad and lacerate, raise whirlwinds.’ Those were the words that Kenneth Tynan, the most celebrated drama critic of…

One of the lucky ones: Hella Pick escapes Nazi Germany

27 March 2021 9:00 am

Hella Pick is one of that vanishing generation of Jewish refugees who arrived in Britain on the eve of the…

The dangers of televising lobby briefings

13 March 2021 9:00 am

The dangers of televising lobby briefings

Joan Didion’s needle-sharp eye never fails

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Most collections of journalism are bad. There are two reasons for this: one is that they are usually incoherent and…

Watch: Boris on the problem with journalists

24 February 2021 12:02 am

What’s the phrase? Poacher turned gamekeeper? Boris Johnson was once the arch poacher — a journalist at the Telegraph before taking on the editorship…

The decline of American journalism

20 February 2021 9:00 am

The US press has lost its way

A conciliatory P.J. O’Rourke is not the satirist we know and love

19 December 2020 9:00 am

There was an acidic bravura and beauty in P.J. O’Rourke’s early journalism and a gleefulness in the ease with which…

Lockdown might bring the Dickensian Christmas back into fashion

28 November 2020 9:00 am

I feel like a prisoner, making daily marks on the cell wall to chart the approach of freedom. But will…

The journalists who scripted the golden age of Hollywood

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Tanya Gold on the journalists who scripted the golden age of Hollywood

Never a dull sentence: the journalism of Harry Perry Robinson

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Is Boris Johnson a fan of Harry Perry Robinson? If he isn’t, he really ought to be. Reading this absorbing…

The BBC's failure to report gender identity accurately

17 July 2020 8:14 pm

‘Blackpool woman accessed child abuse images in hospital bed’. It’s a good headline, in that it catches your attention. But…

Writing my High Life column made a man of me

25 April 2020 9:00 am

As Cole Porter might have said, only second-rate people go on and on about their inner lives. Self-analysis, according to…

I love my fellow hacks – even when I disagree with them

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

It’s one way to keep in touch with people. Each morning, somewhere between the first coffee of the day and…

A note to fellow lockdown lethargics

8 April 2020 1:50 am

Strange times, these. Dull and unsettling in equal measure. Much of life feels as though it is stuck in some…