Press regulation in Britain is taking on more definition as Financial Times signs on to an industry group proposing its own self-regulatory body. Peter Preston, writing for The Guardian, says the major support for the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) is such that it can now move to the next stage of nominating members.
Margaret Sullivan, the public editor for The New York Times, looks at the landscape these days for the journalistic protection of sources in America and finds it wanting. She reports that sources are already hesitating to step forward in the legally murky context and that a shield law, flawed as it might be, could be a necessity.
Quentin Letts, the theatre critic for The Daily Mail, and Elizabeth Day, feature writing for The Observer, debate the coverage of the royal baby. Was it excessive? What does it say about us that we consume it? What have new technologies done to saturate demand? Do we need to rethink how it is reported? Their account is a lively, smart canvassing of the range of opinion on the subject.
Andy Bull, writing for Spundge, discusses the need for big media to be bolder in an age of brand journalism. He believes media haven't done enough to monetize their journalism (rather than serving to enhance the brands of others) and argues for a much more aggressive approach in such areas as financing big events. Red Bull, a master of brand, has stolen big media's thunder, he says.
The Publicis and Omnicom merger has left Sir Martin Sorrell as the runner-up in the advertising business sweepstakes. Sorrell is no longer the most visible representative of the industry, Bloomberg reports.