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Court reporting and local newspapers

Keppel-Palmer, Marcus; Smith, Thomas; Reardon, Sally; Chamberlain, Phil


Tom Smith
Senior Lecturer in Law

Sally Reardon
Senior Lecturer in Multimedia/Multiplatform Journalism

Phil Chamberlain
Head of Department of Film and Journalism


This paper reported on a pilot study carried out by UWE Law and UWE Journalism in January 2018 into reporting of newsworthy stories at the Magistrates Courts. In one week, researchers saw every case heard in Bristol Magistrates Courts, coded these for newsworthiness and checked to see how many of these cases were reported in local newspapers. This supports the hypothesis that the reduction in dedicated local newspaper reporting of the Magistrates Courts negatively impacts on open justice and scrutiny of the courts

Presentation Conference Type Lecture
Start Date Mar 27, 2018
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Keppel-Palmer, M., Smith, T., Reardon, S., & Chamberlain, P. (2018, March). Court reporting and local newspapers. Presented at SLSA Annual Conference 2018
Keywords newspapers, magistrates courts, court reporting, local newspapers, open justice, newsworthiness
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : SLSA Conference 2018