Entries from July 2009

Friday, July 31st, 2009

When news mattered

Back in 1940, people would stop outside the local newspaper office to read the headlines posted in the window. Well, there was no rolling TV news or internet… Image from the ever-browsable Shorpy (motto: “Always Something Interesting”).

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Living history

As I’m drowning in web taxonomy at the moment, let’s take time out to enjoy last weekend’s English Heritage Festival of History. I joined 1,000 happy historic re-enacters in a field in Northamptonshire to watch a mini re-enactment of D-Day, be shown how a Sten gun worked and enjoy all the grisly details of Tudor-style […]

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Worth 1,000 words?

Some more evidence that digital creation and distribution of content will keep transforming the media – Getty Images has bought iStockphoto for a reported $50 million. The web and digital technology have transformed the business of photography. But what at first made picture researchers’ lives easier has now made it much more difficult to make […]

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Publish and be filtered

After wittering on for ever about why journalism is changing irrevocably, I’ve read two things that make the point much more clearly. One is a post by Scott Porad on Journalism 2.0 on the relationship between journalism and the I Can Has Cheezburger brand of user-generated humour. The other is a weighty essay by internet […]

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Journalism: a suicide note

I’ve just read Build the Wall – a gently impassioned, 4,250 word essay in the Columbia Journalism Review by David Simon – that declares the only future for journalism is if newspapers – all newspapers, everywhere (in the US anyway) – start charging for their online content. It’s billed as “One man’s bold blueprint”. It’s actually […]

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Yahoo: the perils of economic statistics

Not sure what state the UK economy is in? Better not read the papers and newswires today, then – you’ll only get more confused. Today saw the release of the UK’s second quarter GDP statistics. Hmm. How bad were they? “Bad”, says Yahoo Finance, which takes its content from  news service AFP. British economy sees […]

Friday, July 24th, 2009

3-column, Widget-ready Pressrow

Warning: intense WordPress geekery ahead The headline above will mean nothing to most readers. But there will be a little niche of WordPress nerds for whom it will cause a tiny thrill of excitement. Anyone who has made it to the footer of one of these posts will have seen that I am using the […]

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Killer animal headline of the day

I’m up to my eyes in web taxonomy and deadlines today. So enjoy this contribution to headline heaven until I surface. All we need now is a connection to midget hookers…

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

How to write a good brief for People Per Hour

I’ve written before about online creative freelance marketplace People Per Hour.  I noted that one key problem with the site is the hopelessly inadequate briefs supplied by potential employers. So, if anyone reading this is thinking about trying to source freelance writing using the site, here’s how to prepare your brief. It’s clear about what […]

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Why newspapers still need sub-editors #2

A really nice example of an “elephant in the living room” typo, from Bill Bennett’s Knowledge Workers’ blog. As with investigative journalists, you’ll miss the sub-editors when we’re gone. Won’t stop them getting rid of us though…