Real scoops lost as sex ruled awards

I read your British Press Awards supplement with increasing disbelief.

of the so-called scoops were acquired through payment or calculated
leaks motivated purely for political manipulation of the media.

Sensational stories of sex scandals and celebrities dominated the roll call of winners.

have been a reporter on five national newspapers, and for BBC
Newsnight, for 18 years, with 10 years in the regional press before

I am now a freelance journalist and lecturer in journalism at City University.

What am I to tell my students about the standards of journalism required to succeed, as judged by the British Press Awards 2005?

Rosie Waterhouse Journalism department, City University, London

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