Hard News vs Soft News: Which is better?

Ah, the age-old debate: hard news or soft news? Bainbridge, Goc, and Tynan (2015, p. xxiv) define hard news stories as those which summarise and distribute new information to citizens, which allows them to participate in, and contribute to, the democratic process. Conversely, soft news stories do not prioritise news values and instead concentrate on…

Creative Documentary and the Rise of Narcissism

Australian chef Pete Evans is the latest filmmaker to be criticised for making “dangerous claims” in his creative documentary, The Magic Pill. In the film, Evans claims that the paleo diet can successfully treat conditions such as autism and cancer (“Controversial chef’s documentary”, 2017). It's the new documentary by 'Paleo Pete' Evans that has doctors…

Social Media and Ethical Uncertainty

The recent passing of British infant Charlie Gard has raised a number of issues concerning biomedical ethics in the social media age. Primarily, the situation has highlighted the complexities of medical professionals maintaining confidentiality in today’s “court of public opinion” (Wilkinson, 2017). Heath News Review (Joyce, 2017) recently published an article which states that media…

Film and Sexism

Women in the film industry continue to experience sexism through gender pay gaps and lack of recognition and reward, recent discussions have shown. Whilst gender inequality and sexism in the entertainment industry are generally considered invisible in today’s post-feminist context, it is evident that these archaic attitudes still exist. Recently, Sky News (“Hollywood spits women…