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Post's paedophile stories under scrutiny in new study

The way the Nottingham Evening Post tackled a story about paedophiles being housed in the city has been examined in a study by two academics.

Media lecturers Simon Cross, from the University of Lincoln, and Sharon Lockyer of De Montfort University, looked at how the reporting changed.

They have produced a journalism studies paper on Dynamics of Partisan Journalism.

They show how the paper’s editorial altered from outright hostility to the leaked Home Office plans into more sympathetic coverage.

They conducted interviews with newspaper staff and the editor, Graham Glen, to see how the Post’s journalists worked with their sources – agencies and local personalities – to write the series of stories in 1999.

The academic report describes predictable develepments in what shaped the reporting and coverage in the Post, and also looks at more unexpected issues that affected the news agenda.