A very interesting set-piece in how the rules are changing for journalists and the media today has been unfolding over the last 24 hours. The Guardian has just fought off attempts to gag its attempts to report a parliamentary question asked about oil traders Trafigura. As commentator Jon Slattery pointed out on his blog hours before the injunction was lifted, the attempts to gag the press were farcical. Now, what was an obscure question in parliament has become a major news story, and a current trending topic on Twitter.
The affair provides a whole lesson’s-worth of material for the journalism students I teach, and should provide food for thought for journalists and press officers everywhere. At the heart of all the techie detail is the foundation of proper, traditional storygathering.