Is the press missing the mood of the country over coronavirus?

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“We want more fish and chips” — image by Dave Leeming

“We do not want or need blame. We do not want constant criticism of our Government who are doing their very best in a very difficult and unprecedented global emergency.”

“We need hope, optimism and faith, with less negativity”

“We want and need a constructive contribution to the national effort to help us out of this crisis.”

“It is time you all changed your negative and political rhetoric for the health of this nation and start supporting our Government.”

The public mood on whether the media is being too critical — or not critical enough — is evenly divided and is closely related to people’s own political leaning (source).
  • *UPDATE (28/4/20): The message in question seems to have taken some of its phrases from a tweet by @EffieDeans but passed those off as their own. When I first published this post I was unaware of this (it appears to have happened a lot) so I’m happy to attribute authorship of those parts of the message.
  • **UPDATE 2: I’m not arguing that all journalism is great or even good. I’m only seeking to clarify what the *role* is of journalism.

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Write the @ojblog. I run the MA in Data Journalism and the MA in Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism @bcujournalism and wrote @ojhandbook #scrapingforjournos

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