A question of credibility

I do not want to be seen as a pedant or serial complainer, however there is another gem of a mistake in today’s Journal newspaper. On its Time Out page – which is packed full of crosswords and quizzes – readers are invited to Name the Year a picture from the Journal’s archives was taken. “Today’s picture,” we are told, “shows members of the English National Opera Company appearing at the Sunderland Empire on March 6, 1979. But in which year? The answer is given below with the solutions to the quizzes.” To ensure no sneaky cheating the answer is, of course, upside down and – as had been heavily hinted – the year was indeed 1979. I do not want to launch a rant about journalistic standards, accuracy, credibility, etc – and this is a far less serious error than The Journal’s misspelling of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley’s name (on 17 September’s front page he became Mike Ashkey for the day) – but any newspaper’s credibility stems from its accuracy which, in turn, reflects its journalistic standards, etc.

IMG_0444By sheer chance today’s Press Gazette bulletin has just landed in my in-box and one of its featured stories is about a YouGov poll which says “Local newspapers remain by the far most trusted and popular source of local news.” These were the poll’s findings:


“Asked how trustworthy they find various news sources, the following were said to be trustworthy:

  • Local newspapers: 64 per cent
  • Local television: 58 per cent
  • Local radio: 59 per cent
  • Noticeboards: 58 per cent
  • National TV: 43 per cent
  • Local gossip: 34 per cent
  • National newspapers: 27 per cent
  • Facebook: 21 per cent
  • Twitter: 15 per cent
  • Blogs: 14 per cent.”

But for how much longer?