Entries from November 2009

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Reed’s Karl Schneider: “What is online journalism?”

Part 1;    Part 2;    Part 3;    Part 4;    Part 5; More from Karl Schneider’s talk to UCA Farnham journalism students (there’s no video for this section – stay tuned for the full multimedia experience in subsequent posts). How does web journalism differ from print? What are its defining characteristics? Five key areas: Multimedia Links Global […]

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Reed's Karl Schneider: "Most journalism will be amateur"

Part 1;    Part 2;    Part 3;    Part 4;    Part 5; Key elements of future journalism, according to Karl Schneider, editorial director of Reed Business Information: user-generated content – which will come to dominate interaction via Twitter, forums and blogs transparency and process journalism multimedia content – eg video and interactive graphics This comes from this morning’s fascinating […]

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Video: Clay Shirky on Twitter and the digital media revolution

This video from GRITtv featuring new media heavy-hitter Clay Shirky is worth checking out. Lots of Twitter boosting – which I know some journalists will like (though not all). And some insight into why and when such technology becomes important. Plus the whole “what is the future of journalism” meme. Things I have learned: Clay […]

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Publishers, Government – fix your broken links!

Having just installed the WordPress Broken Link Checker plug-in, I thought it would be a good idea to run it over the blog to see how disastrous my recent migration to a new web host has been. So – how bad was it? Actually, not so bad. Freelance Unbound has “975 unique URLs in 1,345 […]

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Journalism vs academia

Following up a post on Paul Bradshaw’s Online Journalism Blog recently, I argued that journalism sits awkwardly in the higher education pantheon, and there are an awful of a lot of courses on the books – too many perhaps. Steve Hill has weighed in to suggest, broadly, that journalism should indeed be the subject of academic […]

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Editorial integrity – the view from India

If you thought editorial integrity was being undermined in the UK, take a look at the Times of India.  Indian journalism blogger Sans Serif has an interesting post on an investigation by finance journalist Sucheta Delal on the way the Times of India not only sells news coverage in the paper, but also uses that coverage to […]

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Gardener’s World

From your gardening correspondent: Faced with the prospect of utter media meltdown earlier this year, I thought I might end up having to forage for food around the local area, given that a lot of the work I was banking on had fallen off a cliff. I did actually scrump some apples from the lane […]

Friday, November 6th, 2009

FT: pink paper turns red?

Iain Martin of the Wall Street Journal has written an interesting series of posts fisking the Financial Times. Essentially he argues that the FT – which is typically perceived as a bastion of the pro-capitalist media, and also has a reputation for quality coverage – is biased and sloppy. One post discusses an FT story […]

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Journalism and survival

Thanks to Greg Watts and FleetStreetBlues for weighing in on my Beyond Journalism essay. I used a comment by FleetStreetBlues on my media recession poll as a springboard for some ideas I have been developing on creativity and the way that we tend to put boundaries around the things we do in life. Though they […]

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

House of correction

I approached yesterday’s feedback session with journalism students with some trepidation. Although I wanted my criticism to be robust, I also wanted to avoid putting them off writing for life. As it was, I needn’t have worried. It went pretty well. No one actually went for me with a sharp object, and some said they […]