Entries from June 2010

Friday, June 11th, 2010

#VOJ10: What's the value of journalism? A debate

To mark the Value of Journalism event at the London School of Economics today (Friday 11 June 2010), media blogger Martin Cloake and I are debating that very question on our respective blogs. It’s a kind of two-venue affair – he’ll be holding forth on his fine blog, and I’ll be replying on mine. For the very […]

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Will the Daily Mail cheat your gypsy immigrants?

Do you want to make the Daily Mail more Daily Mail than it already is? This fantastic tool from the absurdly named qwghlm.co.uk site (motto: “Because all the other domain names were taken”) will answer all your needs. Assuming you have Firefox on your system (and you really should), just install the Greasemonkey browser add-on […]

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Comment spam raises its game

As a – fairly – regular blogger, I have to deal with my share of comment spam. The WordPress-owned spam filter Akismet does a pretty good job of filtering out spam comments – despite some reservations by others in the blogging fraternity. So, generally I’m not that bothered by it. But when I was emptying […]

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

US government agency hopes to assign copyright to events

Well – sort of, if this “staff discussion draft” of “Potential Policy Recommendations to Support the Reinvention of Journalism” from the US Federal Trade Commission is anything to go by. Among the bullet points: “Hot news” Protection of Facts ie: if you report on something first, you have copyright over the event! That’s just fantastic, and […]