For Journalism & Media Studies


The Sunday Times Digital Archive is an indispensable tool for journalism and media studies students, lecturers and researchers. To demonstrate, please see below for a glimpse at some of the relevant articles on journalism that feature within the archive.

The Drawbacks of British Journalism
Sunday, April 7 1889
“Considering the enormous power of the British Press, and the deep sense of responsibility with which it is exercised in this as compared with any other country, there are few more surprising and repugnant anomalies that the air of stand-offish superiority generally assumed by English officials towards Press-men…”

Are Sunday Papers Necessary?
Sunday, February 26 1893
“At the first blush it would be imagined, and with reason, that perhaps the supporters of “Sabbatarianism” were the originators of the agitation. But this is far from being the case.”

Journalism from Gaols
Sunday, October 14 1923
“It was written in his cell at Wormwood Scrubs; it was smuggled out of the prison by some means that obviously call for sharp investigation…it was sold more or less simultaneously to two journals.”

Sir Charles Darling on the Press
Sunday, December 16 1923
“There was a time when the diplomat patronised the Press, but now it was the Press that patronised the diplomat.”

Damages for Libel
Sunday, August 29, 1943
“…in the countries of the British Empire, particularly Great Britain, there is a tendency to award damages in libel actions incomparably higher than in the United States, though the legal basis for such awards is much the same.”

Beneficial Influence of the Press
Sunday, October 6 1946
“I should be sorry if newspaper owners could rule our country. But they do not and cannot. Their influence is not dictatorial and evil but advisory and on the whole beneficial.”

Nouvelle Vague journalism-enter the ‘anti-newspaper’
Sunday, October 17 1965
“Vingt quatre heures consists largely of brief captions under lavish spreads of pictures, plus two pages of sport, non-political cartoons, a short story, an instalment of a novel, and a solid read of the stock market prices – the latter a curiously original contribution to the paper’s avowed aim of appealing to French youth.”

MPs, the untrusted men who don’t run Britain
Sunday, July 15 1973
“Among least trustworthy figures, trade union leaders, and local councillors rate prominently…But neither are quite so heavily stigmatised as journalists, whom more than a third of the country, according to the poll, reckon among the least trustworthy of all people.”

Messages from the front
Sunday, February 8 1976
“The world’s knowledge of the war comes from reporters sitting in cities usually many miles from the fighting, assessing how much truth there is in the inflated claims being pressed on them and then sending their stories to editors who have to look at reports from all sides and attempt to see where the truth lies.”

What the sociologists (try to) say
Sunday, September 12 1976
“Journalists could defend themselves against all this without too much trouble, and will be tempted to.”

Tribunal to hear closed shop, Press freedom dispute
Sunday, January 30 1977
“The controversy over Press freedom and the closed shop in journalism will be aired for the first time at an industrial tribunal following the sacking of a newspaper photographer because he refused to belong to the National Union of Journalists.”

Mother who wants new Press law
Sunday, May 10 1981
“At the end of a week in which Fleet Street examined its collective conscience over the Yorkshire Ripper and cheque-book journalism, Mrs Doreen Hill, who began the row, announced: The campaign goes on.”

Silent reporter prepares for the worst in court
Sunday, April 8 1990
“…He will become the first journalist in Britain for 27 years to be jailed for refusing to disclose his sources. The story over which he could be imprisoned, however, was never written, let alone published.”

Tory MPs try to tame ‘biased’ television journalism
Sunday, July 22 1990
“It marks the culmination of months of Tory attacks against broadcasters for what MPs claim is anti-government bias. A leading current affairs broadcaster warned last night that if the move succeeded it would have a “muzzling and neutering effect.””

Government set to outlaw ‘foot-in-door’ journalism
Sunday, July 26 1992
“Physical trespass and the use of electronic eavesdropping and telephoto photography by the media are expected to be outlawed by the government by Sir David Calcutt, QC, in the autumn.”

Bubbly turns to blood at Observer
Sunday, August 8, 1993
“The takeover euphoria was brief. The moment is vanished completely can be a traced to a victory speech by Preston three weeks later. The Guardian and Observer cultures were different, Preston said. On a trip to Hong Kong, Preston had been disturbed to find an Observer journalist staying in one of the world’s finest hotels while he was in a more modest place up the road.”

Dotcom gossip-it makes the journalistic world go round
Sunday, May 7 2000
“Once upon a time, journalists used to go out in the real world and find stuff out and tell other people about it. These days they write about themselves, their friends, their enemies and their agents – and tell each other about it.”

Editor ‘invented facts’ to clear man
Sunday, March 5 2006
“The files demonstrate that he suppressed evidence suggesting that Downing was indeed the likely killer of Sewell, and fabricated “facts” to implicate entirely innocent people.”