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Main feature 14 Taking on the trolls Dealing with the excesses of social media


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e can’t ignore social media, whether we like it or not. For good or ill it is shaping our industry in many ways. Whether it is a lurch towards


clickbait journalism with reporters forced to have audience targets at the forefront of their


minds rather than newsgathering, or whether it is the ease in which politicians and celebrities can be reached for comment via twitter, it is a force we have to work with. But using social media can also leave journalists open to stressful and sometimes dangerous personal abuse. In our cover feature Ruth Addicott looks at how social media trolls target journalists and what you do to help prevent them getting the upper hand. And if that sounds a bit negative we have the perfect antidote – positive journalism. Rachel Broady reports on a movement that is gaining ground and aiming to redefine the traditional definitions of news and the aspirations of journalists. Meanwhile Denis MacShane, the former Labour MP and minister, looks at the old and vexed issue of Britain’s relationship with Europe and how the press lines up on the subject. It’s a timely examination, as a referendum on whether Britain should remain in Europe looks imminent. I hope you enjoy this edition of The Journalist. And whether


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News 03 FT pensions vote Strike ballot delivers new offer


04 Further job cuts at Johnston Press Scotsman and Yorkshire Post in frontline


05 Trinity Mirror backs down Individual targets provoked strike votes


06 Print is last as news source Survey shows television most popular


07 Fears for future of Scottish papers Serious risk for jobs at Glasgow titles


Features 10 Let’s go to Bristol and Bath The joys of working in the West Country


12 Will the press deliver Brexit? Media’s role in European referendum


18 Always look on the bright side The rise of positive journalism


Regulars 09 Viewpoint 17 NUJ and me 26 And finally


Arts with Attitude Pages 22-23


Raymond Snoddy Page 21


Letters &


Steve Bell 24-25


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