The 2017 General Election audit
Today's front pages
April 18: As we enter another few weeks of argument and uncertainty, SubScribe will seek to monitor how the printed Press cover the election campaign. Please click on the front pages to see what that paper is up to. The daily Oped update on columnists, courtesy of Editorial Intelligence, will be revived and there will also be a blog and updates on what the polls are showing. We can expect extreme partisanship from some titles, so efforts will be made to keep up with what isn't being reported and how much space is given to each party.
As with the Brexit audit, it is worth restating this clause of the Editors' Code, which every paper - even those not signed up to the Independent Press Standards Organisation - regards as its rule book:
The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information or images, including headlines not supported by the text.
It is also worth remembering that newspapers are not servants of the public, they are businesses with their own agendas. They print what they think their readers need to know or want to read. They are not required to be balanced. But they are supposed to be accurate. With such a short time to polling day, it is going to be hard for the regulator to consider and require corrections to material that goes against the code. This may tempt a "publish and be damned" attitude towards inaccuracies, so all SubScribe readers are urged to be vigilant and to use the mechanisms available to challenge any breaches swiftly.
An eye on how papers reported the referendum campaign
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