Entries from May 2009

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Google is down…

…and I feel as if I’ve lost a limb. Something is clearly wrong with this picture. Repeat: it’s only software, it’s only software… [And there are actually other search engines. Who’d have thought?]

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

How local content could save the Evening Standard

Yesterday I posted about how news wouldn’t be the selling point for the new-look Evening Standard, unless perhaps it was a real engagement with local news. Obviously, Recovering Journalist Mark Potts takes a much more incisive and in-depth look at such issues – and his latest post is particularly relevant.  In it he suggests local […]

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Will the all-new Evening Standard halt its decline?

Like many Londoners – or at least near-Londoners – I picked up a gratis copy of the Evening Standard (now rebranded the London Evening Standard) out of curiosity about how it could reinvent itself as a viable paid-for paper in a world where people [a] get their news for free, and up to date, from TV, […]

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

The charm of local newspapers #2

I poked fun at my local Surrey & Hants News recently for its slightly random headlines, but sometimes local papers get it just right.  This one made me smile – it’s punning and jokey, but tells you all you really need to know…

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Print is dead – in parts

Interesting piece on Journalism.co.uk on the FIPP World Magazine Congress. Condé Nast International chairman (or CEO, depending on which story or paragraph you read) Jonathan Newhouse believes print has a bright future. “To those who believe that paper and print will disappear, I’ve only one word to pronounce – nonsense,” said Newhouse. It is true […]

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Web identity and old media thinking

I posted earlier about my run-in with the Centre for Journalism at the University of Kent.  I had commented on a blog post by professor Tim Luckhurst on the need for journalists (particularly students) always to use the phone and nothing but the phone when sourcing stories. In the comments to his blog, I argued his underlying […]