Media Standards Trust
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (March 2013)|
The Media Standards Trust was formed in 2006 to address concerns of a deterioration in journalistic standards at a time when the British media were becoming enormously powerful while remaining largely opaque and unaccountable.
Standards in journalism
In the organization's view, revolutionary changes in way in which news is produced, funded, packaged, delivered and consumed has led to less accurate reporting, less substantial sourcing, an escalation in the use of "manufactured news", an increase in self-censorship, a growth of subjective over objective reporting, and a reduction in sustained, in-depth reporting.
Foundations which have contributed of the Media Standards Trust include Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, MacArthur Foundation, Nuffield Foundation, Eranda Foundation, Scott Trust.
The director of the Media Standards Trust is Martin Moore, author of The Origins of Modern Spin - Democratic Government and the Media in Britain, 1945-51 (ISBN 9781403989567).
The Board of Trustees has included
- Sir David Bell (Former Chairman, Financial Times Group) - resigned when he was appointed to Leveson Inquiry
- Julia Middleton (CEO, Common Purpose)
- Sir Cyril Chantler (Chairman, King's Fund)
- Sir Robert Worcester (Founder, MORI)
- Tim Waterstone (Founder of Waterstones bookstores and Daisy & Tom children's department stores)
- Robert Peston (Business Editor, BBC) - stood down in July 2012
- William Davies (Goldsmiths College, London)
- Roger Graef (Films of Record)
- Baroness Helena Kennedy QC
- John McCormick (Scottish Qualifications Authority)
- Stephen George Platten (Bishop of Wakefield)
- Geraint Talfan Davies (Chair, Institute of Welsh Affairs)
- Anthony Salz (Executive Vice Chairman, NM Rothschild)
- Sue Stapely (Quiller Consultants/Sue Stapely Consulting)
- Amelia Fawcett (Vice Chairman, Morgan Stanley) - stood down in July 2012
- Albert Scardino (journalist, editor)
- Sir Philip Otton (retired judge)
In 2007 the MST founded journalisted.com. The site performs a dual function, serving both as an archive of over four million news articles and a database of several thousand journalists, providing a portfolio of their work, biographical and contact information for the benefit of the public. The site scrapes the news articles from several national and local publications, and sorts them according to byline. The database is utilized by the MST for conducting research into matters relating to news coverage, and publishes a weekly newsletter summarizing contemporary trends in news.
In light of the June 2011 allegations of the News of the World journalists phone hacking into the mobilephone voice mail of murder victim Milly Dowler, on 5 July 2011 in partnership with Professor Brian Cathcart and other concerned individuals, MST formed the "Hacked Off" campaign. Registering the site hackinginquiry.org, the campaign aimed to campaign for a public inquiry into phone hacking. The campaign was directly supported by: Lord Fowler, Professor Onora O’Neill, Francis Wheen, Tom Watson MP, Dr Ben Goldacre, Baroness Helena Kennedy, Sir David Bell, DD Guttenplan, Professor Roy Greenslade, Professor Ian Hargreaves, John Lloyd, Isabel Hilton, Ian Jack, John Pilger, John Prescott, Richard Peppiatt, Andreas Whittam Smith, J.K. Rowling, and others. Soon after launch, the campaign gained the support of actor Hugh Grant, who became a public spokesperson, appearing on Question Time and Newsnight, and criticism from The Register, which described it as a "secretive pressure group...of wealthy and powerful individuals and celebrities...which has successfully campaigned for state control of the media".
- Page, Lewis (26 April 2013). "Announcement of 'churnalism detector' gets furiously churned". The Register. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
- Media Standards Trust official website
- Media Standards Trust channel on YouTube
- Hacked Off