Defensive, self-interested reporting of equality campaigns will leave national newspapers looking behind the curve Hear that rumble; feel that tremor. It’s tectonic plates shifting. 2017 was a year of aggressive activism. 2018 will be even more so. Equality and social justice campaigns have noticeably gone up a gear: think #MeToo, gender, race, mental health, disability. Finally, after years denying there was a problem or defending the status quo, authorities in government and other areas of public life appear to be listening. So how will a British media famously sluggish about addressing demands for social change, much less for change and diversity within the industry itself, cope? The omens aren’t uniformly good.
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