The Guardian, Britain’s left-wing news power, goes tabloid

By Amie Tsang, New York Times Published 2:59 pm, Monday, January 15, 2018 Photo: ADRIAN DENNIS /AFP /Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 The new look tabloid Guardian is on show next to the old broadsheet version of the national newspaper on January 15, 2018. Britain's Guardian newspaper has adopted a new tabloid format and a re-designed masthead with simple black lettering from Monday as part of a drive to cut costs. The left-leaning newspaper previously had a blue and white masthead and in 2005 had adopted a Berliner format, midway between a broadsheet and a tabloid. less The new look tabloid Guardian is on show next to the old broadsheet version of the national newspaper on January 15, 2018. Britain's Guardian newspaper has adopted a new tabloid format and a re-designed ... more Photo: ADRIAN DENNIS /AFP /Getty Images The Guardian, Britain’s left-wing news power, goes tabloid 1 / 1 Back to Gallery LONDON — The Guardian, the British newspaper that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of national security leaks in the United States but whose aggressive international expansion has brought heavy losses, switched to a tabloid print format Monday as part of efforts to cut costs. The newspaper’s shift comes with the British journalism industry in a state of flux, as declining advertising revenues have forced various storied publications to make major changes, from firing hundreds of journalists to shutting down print operations entirely. The challenges mirror many of the difficulties faced by legacy publications the world over as they attempt to transition to more digitally savvy operations. The Guardian had long been a standard-bearer in Britain for that shift. The left-wing publication focused on courting vast numbers of readers around the world, and it hired Continue Reading

The Changing of ‘The Guardian’

London—Despite the headlines, the most interesting thing about the news that Katharine Viner will take over from Alan Rusbridger this summer as editor in chief of The Guardian is not that she will be the first woman to run a newspaper which, at 194 years old, is even more venerable than The Nation. Women currently run two British Sunday papers, one very downmarket tabloid, and the London Evening Standard. Rebecca Brooks famously—or infamously—was the youngest-ever editor of The News of the World before becoming editor of The Sun—a paper that still sells about ten times as many copies as The Guardian every day. The Observer, The Guardian’s Sunday stablemate, had a female editor in 1891!—though Rachel Sassoon Beer’s husband did own the paper at the time. Viner does stand out from the London media crowd in being from Yorkshire, in the north of England, and for being a playwright and activist as well as a journalist. My Name Is Rachel Corrie, the play she and actor Alan Rickman wrote based the diaries of the 23-year-old American killed by an Israeli army bulldozer as she tried to prevent the demolition of Palestinian houses in the Gaza Strip, has been produced in London and in US cities from Seattle to New York. But of the four internal candidates for the job who entered a staff ballot, three were women: Viner, Emily Bell, who helped set up The Guardian’s website and now directs the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia, and Janine Gibson, Viner’s predecessor as editor-in-chief of Guardian US who is now editor-in-chief of Viner’s overwhelming victory in the staff ballot—she got 53 percent of the vote—made her the favorite, and also spoke volumes about her ability to retain the loyalty of colleagues and contributors, despite having spent several years thousands of miles away setting up The Guardian’s Australian website. The presence of so many highly qualified women on Continue Reading

Even ‘The Guardian’ Needs Its Readers to Pay for Journalism

Last week brought the distressing news of massive lay-offs at The Guardian, which is possibly the best news organization in the world right now. Management announced with apparently sincere regret that The Guardian and its sister paper, The Observer, will cut 100 editorial jobs, plus another 150 support jobs—mainly, it’s hoped, through retirement and other semi-voluntary measures. Considering that the total editorial staff at the two papers numbers 750, this means that roughly one out of every seven editorial employees will go, mostly from the London office. These and other cost-cutting moves are compelled by “the volatile media environment” facing news organizations today, announced Katharine Viner, The Guardian’s editor-in-chief. Disclosure: I consider the people in danger of losing their jobs at The Guardian my colleagues, and this financial belt-tightening will also affect what I and other freelance contributors get paid. But these facts should not disqualify me from issuing a “tough love” plea to everyone reading this and all the organizations, communities, and networks you are part of: Please don’t be a free rider—help pay for the journalism you read, watch, or otherwise consume. I say that The Guardian is the best news organization in the world at the moment not just because of its exemplary environmental news coverage, or its smart combination of deep reporting and spot news coverage, or its recently expanded focus on US news. What’s especially valuable is The Guardian’s long history of standing up to power and privilege in a way that most US news organizations no longer do. It’s no accident that Edward Snowden went public with his expose of warrantless surveillance in The Guardian, rather than, say, The New York Times. Snowden explained that he didn’t trust the Times after the paper’s editors acceded to the George W. Bush administration’s demand in 2004 not to publish Continue Reading

Milwaukee Bucks legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will pen regular column in The Guardian U.S.

The intersection of sports and politics is an area Kareem Abdul-Jabbar knows well. Now the former NBA star will have a platform to discuss those issues with an occasional column in The Guardian's U.S. editions.Abdul Jabbar's first effort posits that the NBA, not the NFL, is the league of America's future.Abdul-Jabbar led the Milwaukee Bucks to their only NBA championship in 1971 and is the league's all-time leading scorer.But his interests have always extended well beyond the basketball court. Abdul-Jabbar is a prolific author, actor, martial arts student and practitioner of yoga.  He won the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom. Abdul-Jabbar's latest book is "Becoming Kareem," in which he retraces his path to his conversion to Islam.That life experience is what attracted The Guardian to Abdul-Jabbar."After many decades as one of the world’s most formidable sports figures, Kareem has emerged as an immense voice in U.S. journalism. We are thrilled to have him share his thoughts with our readers," John Mulholland, Guardian US acting editor, said in a news release. Continue Reading

The Guardian partners with New York Times to keep classified Snowden documents out of reach of UK Gov’t

The Guardian newspaper is partnering with the New York Times to keep classified documents leaked to the British paper by Edward Snowden out of the hands of the UK government. The country's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has reportedly made demands that the London-based paper hand over sensitive materials provided by the NSA whistleblower - a request that was refused by the Guardian editorial team. As a result, the paper alleged that two GCHQ representatives came to the Guardian newsroom this summer and oversaw the destruction of hard drives that contained material provided by Snowden. By joining forces with a publication outside of the United Kingdom, the Guardian hopes to keep Snowden's documents out of the UK Government's jurisdiction. The paper said Snowden, who has been granted temporary asylum in Russia, had been appraised of the plan. "It is intended that the collaboration with the New York Times will allow the Guardian to continue exposing mass surveillance by putting the Snowden documents on GCHQ beyond government reach," the paper said in a statement, highlighting the First Amendment right to free speech in the U.S. A similar agreement was reached with the Guardian, the Times and Der Spiegel in 2010 to publish documents leaked to Julian Assange by Bradley Manning. In 2010, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger reportedly also reached out to Bill Keller, then executive editor at the Times, to seek help covering the phone hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's News International. Bill Keller stepped down from his role at the Times in September 2011. His wife, Emma Gilbey Keller, currently works as a writer for the Guardian US. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

The Guardian: Michael Douglas DID say oral sex caused his cancer, and we have proof

The Guardian is going on the defensive against Michael Douglas' public relations team. After a rep for the "Beyond the Candelabra" actor insisted Douglas, 68, never said he contracted throat cancer from oral sex, the British newspaper has released audio of the interview to prove he did. "He wants to make it very clear he never said that was the particular cause of his particular cancer," Douglas' publicist, Allen Burry, previously told the Daily News. In a 32-second audio clip of the interview now posted to the Guardian's website, Douglas presents cunnilingus as the answer when the newspaper reporter, Xan Brooks, asks if smoking and drinking overloaded his system - in reference to the conversation about his throat cancer. "Do you feel, in hindsight, that you overloaded your system?" Brooks asks. "Overloaded your system with drugs, smoking, drink?" "No. No," Douglas replies. "Ah, without getting too specific, this particular cancer is caused by something called HPV, which actually comes about from cunnilingus." And then Brooks laughs. Continued in the written article - Douglas, who has been married to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones since 2000 added, "I did worry if the stress caused by my son's incarceration didn't help trigger it. But yeah, it's a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer." Speaking at an American Cancer Society event on Monday night, Douglas attempted to downplay the media firestorm created by his comments. "I've become, I think, in the past 24 hours a sort of poster boy for oral cancer, and just so you all understand, I think we would all love to know where our cancer comes from," he said. "I simply, to a reporter, tried to give a little PSA announcement about HPV, a virus that can cause oral cancer, and is one of the few areas of cancer that can be controlled, and there are vaccinations that kids can get. So that was my attempt." Continue Reading

‘Rise of the Guardians’ on a mission to protect the children of the world

Move over Avengers, there’s a new team of super-powered heroes set to dominate the big screen. “Rise of the Guardians,” based on the book by William Joyce, puts the likes of Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), Jack Frost (Chris Pine), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) and the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman) on a mission to protect the children of the world. Executive producer Guillermo del Toro and director Peter Ramsey talked to The News about the design and inspiration for the main characters: Pitch Black, aka the Boogeyman In the early test designs, Dreamworks animators made the movie’s villain a littletoo scary, a little too Nosferatu. “We didn’t want him to be somebody you recoiled in fear from every time you saw him,” says Ramsey. “We were inspired by Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” where you have Satan, but he’s kind of an attractive, tragic figure rather than a monster that pops out of the shadows.” Del Toro, who knows a thing or two about horror characters after directing the “Hellboy” movies and “Pan’s Labyrinth,” added a little bit of an oily sheen to the character and his nightmare creations — and an elegance befitting Jude Law’s vocal performance. “We made his silhouette in the shape of a DreamWorks Animation Jude Law is the voice of villainous Pitch Black in "Rise of the Guardians."   Jack Frost The hero of the epic, the winter spirit, is described by the filmmakers as a 300-year-old prankster in a 17-year-old’s body. He wears a blue hoodie with frost about the collar and has hair the color of snow. “To me, his design, he looks straight out of folklore,” Ramsey says. “When I look at him, I always think of Huckleberry Finn or Tom Sawyer.” “Definitely Peter Pan,” adds del Toro. Tooth, aka the Tooth Fairy Resembling a tropical hummingbird, the “Guardians” Continue Reading

Movie review: ‘Rise of the Guardians’

“Darkness – that’s the first thing I remember,” says Jack Frost in the creepy, mostly charmless “Rise of the Guardians.” It’s likely to be the main thing kids remember, too, about this dour animated adventure that aspires to holiday joy, but is as enjoyable as a sock full of coal. Here, Jack (voiced by Chris Pine) is one of several creatures who are both mythical and real. Jack throws snowballs at schoolchildren and is responsible for snow days. Yet Jack is lonely; when the all-powerful Man in the Moon turned him supernatural 300 years earlier, he also made Jack invisible. His fellow folklore favorites can see him, though. Nicholas St. North (Alex Baldwin), aka Santa, leader of the “Guardians of Childhood,” recruits a reluctant Jack to help defeat the “nightmare king” Pitch Black, better known as the Boogeyman (Jude Law). Helping in the quest are the tough E. Aster Bunnymund (Hugh Jackman), better known as the Easter Bunny; the flitty sprite Toothiana (Isla Fisher), commander of an army of tiny tooth fairies; and the silent Sandman, who brings happy dreams. Sandman may have his work cut out for him with audiences under 7. Pitch’s demon horses are out to make nightmares real (and permanent), and the makers of this CG-animated, middling 3-D film never find the proper mix of whimsy and danger. Often they settle on an overly macabre tone that obliterates a sense of wonder. Based on a kids’ book series by William Joyce, “Guardians” is a hodgepodge of myths and legends that resembles a sweet-toothed version of “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” There’s so much plot that grade-schoolers may need to take notes. Teeth taken by the Tooth Fairy contain childhood memories. Believing in Jack makes small-town kids able to see him. But what about the little girl who wanders into Easterland and is soon forgotten, the Yeti who work for Santa and the Continue Reading

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange turns on the Guardian after paper leaks info on his alleged sexual assault

Old friends are quickly becoming Julian Assange's new enemies.The founder of the controversial whistleblower website WikiLeaks slammed British newspaper The Guardian for "selectively" publishing intimate details about his alleged sexual assaults against two women.The newspaper was one of a handful given first access to secret U.S. documents in exchange for helping WikiLeaks edit the files."The leak of the police report to The Guardian was clearly designed to undermine my bail application," the 39-year-old Australian told rival newspaper The Times on Tuesday. "It was timed to come up on the desk of the judge that morning."Sweden - where he's wanted for questioning about rape and molestation allegations - blasted the timing of the leak, arguing it was given to the publication a day before his bail hearing last week. England. He is accused by two women of refusing to wear a condom during sex and being tested for STDs. Bjorn Hurtig, has said he plans to lodge a complaint and demand that Swedish authorities investigate how classified material was leaked. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

‘Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole’ review: Soaring 3-D animation eclipses so-so script

Why shouldn't family films boast the same sort of pomp as adult adventures? As the director of "300" and "Watchmen," Zack Snyder certainly knows how to stage spectacles. And in "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," he proves he can child-size an epic without losing its intensity.A sort of all-avian "Chronicles of Narnia," "Legend" is adapted from several books in Kathryn Lasky's "Guardians of Ga'Hoole" series. Our hero is Soren (voiced by Jim Sturgess), a young barn owl who loves to hear stories of the struggle between two factions of flyers: the evil Pure Ones and the brave Guardians. One night, while out spreading their wings, he and his brother, Kludd (Ryan Kwanten), are stolen by the Pure Ones, who are plotting a takeover of the owl world. Soren manages to escape and warn the Guardians, but Kludd is seduced by the false promises of the Pure queen (Helen Mirren).When the inevitable battle arrives, only one brother can emerge victorious.The script is merely serviceable and too reminiscent of similar fantasy tales. But kids will instantly relate to the gentle Soren, while watching wide-eyed as he faces each challenge. (The dark, final clash may prove too violent for the youngest viewers.) And everyone will be impressed by the lovely 3-D animation, which highlights each ruffling feather on the beautiful birds. It's no small testament that you're likely to forget you're wearing those plastic glasses altogether. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading