A royal charter on self-regulation of the press was granted.
Source: Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press, Privy Council
A briefing paper examined progress on implementing the findings from the Leveson Report.
Source: Philip Ward, The Leveson Report: Implementation, Standard Note SN/HA/6535, House of Commons Library
Links: Briefing paper
An article examined how the coalition government's programme of cuts to disability benefits had affected coverage of disability in the media, comparing and contrasting coverage of disability in newspapers in 2010-11 with a similar period in 2004-05. The analysis suggested that disabled people had became a 'folk devil', and that there had been a significant change in the way that disability was reported. Newspaper coverage in 2010-11 was less sympathetic, and there had been an increase in articles that focused on disability benefit and fraud, together with an increase in the use of pejorative language to describe disabled people. An audience reception study suggested that this coverage was having an impact on the way that people thought about disabled people.
Source: Emma Briant, Nick Watson, and Gregory Philo, 'Reporting disability in the age of austerity: the changing face of media representation of disability and disabled people in the United Kingdom and the creation of new "folk devils"', Disability & Society, Volume 28 Number 6
A report examined the mechanisms through which gender representation by mass media (television, advertising, news, and new media) hampered the achievement of gender equality in Europe. It provided an overview of the main definitions, theories, and studies; and explored the regulatory acts existing in European Union member states.
Source: Elisa Giomi, Silvia Sansonetti, and Anna Lisa Tota, Women and Girls as Subjects of Medias Attention and Advertisement Campaigns: The situation in Europe, best practices and legislations, European Parliament
A think-tank report examined how the BBC had covered the topic of immigration since 1997. It said that the BBC had given overwhelmingly greater weight to pro-migration voices, even though they represented a 'minority even elitist viewpoint'.
Source: Dennis Sewell, A Question of Attitude: The BBC and bias beyond news, New Culture Forum
A draft Royal Charter was agreed by the three main political parties governing the self-regulation of the press, following the Leveson inquiry. A new independent regulator would have powers to impose fines and demand prominent corrections, and courts would be allowed to impose exemplary damages on newspapers that failed to join the body.
Source: Draft Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press, Department for Culture, Media and Sport
A new book examined key debates concerning the representations of motherhood and the maternal role in contemporary television programming.
Source: Rebecca Feasey, From Happy Homemaker to Desperate Housewives: Motherhood and popular television, Anthem Press