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Who better to give lectures to journalism students than Alastair Campbell?

Now, if I were the sort of lazy, formulaically minded, indeed "garbagic" journalist that Alastair Campbell so understandably despises, this article would be very easy to compose. It would go something like this:

The new-look Independent print edition: A champion of free expression that is true to its founding values

Long before my family became involved in publishing, we had a deep respect for The Independent and the tradition of British journalism it belongs to. This dates back to the 1980s, when my father was working as an economic analyst for the Soviet intelligence service. He read it because he wanted information he could trust.

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The family feud which is gripping India's media: Editor of ‘The Hindu’ newspaper resigns

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The Sun rolling off the presses

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David Dinsmore says examined views 'in some depth' by consulting readers in focus groups

Maria Miller says self regulation could stave off statutory regulation of the press

Royal Charter on press regulation may be ‘redundant’, says Culture Secretary Maria Miller

Culture Secretary backs newspaper industry’s progress towards self-regulation

Dogged by controversy: The brilliance of Richard Littlejohn lies in finding credible hooks for his rage ... but he missed the target with Kate Pong

The columnist's art: No paws for thought for Richard Littlejohn

Ridicule over his misplaced side-swipe at an unmarried mother-of-five won't gag him... for he is made of sterner stuff

Classic with a twist: new-look ‘Independent’ is on the way

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The charter establishes a recognition body to oversee a powerful new regulator set up by the industry

Queen sets seal on cross-party politicians' charter for press regulation

Senior press figures warn they will not sign up for scheme that they see as ‘state interference’ 

The newspaper industry has applied for an injunction against the consideration of a historical Royal Charter on press reform

Newspaper industry fails in final attempt to stop ministers' Royal Charter on press reform

Industry loses out in High Court hearing which could have seen hopes for its own charter proposal kept alive

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Press regulation: Judge for yourself - the Royal Charter in full

Read all about it: The ‘final draft’ of the controversial charter, with explanatory notes by our media editor, Ian Burrell

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Newspaper industry seeks injunction against next stage of Royal Charter on press reform

Move is an attempt to delay the process

The IPSO will also be able to impose fines of up to £1m on errant publishers

Press announces timetable for 'toughest regulator in the world'

Move designed to bypass a Royal Charter due to go before Queen next week

The Independent website records 83% growth in a year

Independent.co.uk grew faster than any quality or national title in September

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