The UK has a range of mass media, including national and regional newspapers, national and regional television channels. Only television and radio are legally obliged to provide impartial reporting.
All national newspapers have websites, and a growing number of people looks up websites rather than read the whole paper. Most popular newspapers are tabloids – focus on sensational reporting and celebrities gossip. There are five tabloids, covering left and right of centre political ideologies, mostly in private ownership.
Coverage of social work related items takes place systematically, and follows the particular media style and ideology. Most people get their information about social work from the media of their choice.
- Empower project (PDF - 1.29 Mb)
- Being Heard: A Thematic Analysis of the Newspaper Media Response to the Jay Report and the Rotherham Child Abuse Scandal (PDF - 1.45 Mb)
- Moral panics and the state (PDF - 0.04 Mb)
- Shula Ramon: Media Coverage: Rotherham Child Abuse 1997-2014
- Russell Evans: Historical Analysis of Media Representation of Safeguarding Children Social Work
- Bridget Robb: Story telling in social work and journalism