At the beginning of Year 1, we, Journalism students, were strongly recommended to read newspapers. Regularly. Not only that – those had to be of a different variety. As a conscientious and vigilant student (like all of us were back in September), I did that. The Guardian, the good old Daily Mail, The Independent, The Daily Telegrah – all the top national newspapers.
Except for THE TIMES.
The pricing of membership packs does not skyrocket – around £8 per week. Also, benefits come along, such as access to archives, Times+ access and games&puzzles; how great is that?! Yet, even though some might regard this as a great deal, I think making news a priority for an elite is absurd. This thus reflects in their circulation – 400 000 is a relatively small number in a country with a 64.1 million large population.
It does make sense that companies and news agencies or just anyone want credit for their work and I believe it is only fair. Without a Creative Common licence journalists would probably be more careless when writing, not spending enough time for doing investigative journalism or simply not giving their best. But turning news into a money making machine is not right; regular news like the EU referendum or the refugee crisis should be free and available to anyone regardless their social status or income.
Now, as students, we will never find out what announcement was played down by Mr Johnson.