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Edition #79

The golden age This was the golden age of investigative journalism, writes Bill Harcourt, reviewing Murray Sayle’s book, A Crooked Sixpence for the prestigious Australian magazine, Quadrant. It was also – if the book is to be taken seriously – the age of make-it-up journalism. (In fairness, everybody to whom I have spoken who was […]

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Issue 28

‘If they’d invented computers first, we’d be on hot metal by now and it would work better.’ – NGA FoC, c1980. Gentlemen, that reminds me.. This, in an ideal world, is how Gentlemen Ranters is supposed to work. Somebody – pick a name out of the air, say Liz Hodgkinson who used to work for […]

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Week #27

Cudlipp lecture Alastair Campbell, former Mirror man and Downing Street press secretary for most of  Tony Blair’s time as prime minister, will deliver the annual Hugh Cudlipp Lecture at the London College of Communication on January 28, 2008 entitled The Media: a case of growth in scale, alas, not in stature. In addition, the winner […]

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Edition #26

Damn lies, or statistics? For those readers and ranters who give a toss about numbers, here are a few. According to the website counter that has been ticking away since August (six weeks after we launched), we have 10,700 readers. A fairly healthy readership for a specialist weekly publication, that; even if it is a […]