Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.
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We are building a scaffold for investigative journalism out of the Dowlers’ suffering.
Sean Bell, Culture Wars, 16 August 2011
These are uncertain times for journalists, not least those working at the Guardian stable, where the triumph of the phone hacking exposures has coincided with the announcement that the paper will now be a 'web first' news organisation.
Martin Bright, Spectator, 16 July 2011
Sunday tabloid's final edition tries to disguise any villainy in sentimental farewell
Roy Greenslade, Guardian, 10 July 2011
In my career as a journalist I have lied, I have received stolen goods, and for these things I have won two of the top awards in the profession.
Andrew Gilligan, Daily Telegraph, 9 July 2011
The pressure on children to grow up takes two different but related forms: the pressure to take part in a sexualised life before they are ready to do so; and the commercial pressure to consume the vast range of goods and services that are available to children and young people of all ages. Reg Bailey, Chief Executive of Mothers’ Union, has led a six-month independent review into the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood.
Reg Bailey, Department for Education, June 2011
The reason that she attracts such hostility, and receives so little back-up from quiet sympathisers, is that a non-judgmental approach to sex is part of a series of status-defining beliefs by which university-educated people identify themselves.
Ed West, Daily Telegraph, 6 June 2011
Film makers must walk a fine line when excepting funding from any organisation warns Claire Fox
Claire Fox, Guardian, 25 October 2010
BBC presenter tells Cheltenham Literary Festival that citizen journalists will never replace real news
John Plunkett, Guardian, 10 October 2010
Some secrets are best kept hidden. But, if they ever tumble out of the closet, it's important to deal with them. In the wake of Om Puri's wife's startling revelations, Kalpana Sharma explores forbidden realms
Kalpana Sharma, Times of India, 7 October 2010
Here and now, in that part of the twenty-first century world which today lives less by origination and production and more by the provision of mediating services, we are getting yet another kind of journalism.
Andrew Calcutt, Independent Blogs, 3 October 2010
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"I travel far to participate in the BOI; it’s a unique festival of free speech and debate that consistently combines energy, fearlessness and provocation with thoughtful, informed consideration of contemporary politics and culture."
Wendy Kaminer, US-based writer on law, liberty, feminism, religion, and popular culture