Entries from January 2011

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Freelancers: stay on Facebook all day and earn cash!

Or: “Survey predicts in boom in freelance social media jobs” Monday morning nonsense from the world of office surveys: OfficeCavalry.com says that social media is set to boom for UK businesses this year, and freelance workers will benefit: 15% of businesses will look at creating specific roles e.g. ‘social media manager’ or ‘online reputation manager’ […]

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Incisive Media publishes personal details of freelance sub-editors

Incisive Media has published a PDF document on its company intranet of sub-editors’ contact details on the web. However, the document link is freely accessible to anyone without any login protection. The document contains names, email addresses and phone numbers of 67 freelance sub-editors. In addition, some entries include a home address and professional history, […]

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Behind the scenes with UCA Farnham TV journalism students

Following on from last Friday’s all-action newsday-cum-BJTC accreditation visit (entirely successful, with a fresh, no-quibble three-year accreditation in the bag – well done everyone), here’s a behind-the-scenes video of UCA Farnham TV journalism students in action on the day. Excuse the over-loud dad-rock backing track…

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Planning a live, multimedia newsday for journalism students

Today sees an experiment in both teaching and accreditation for the journalism courses at UCA Farnham. Rather than treat the scheduled accreditation visit from the Broadcast Journalism Training Council as a kind of external examiners visit, showing BJTC members boxes of completed student work, UCA aims to demonstrate student skills in action. The five visiting […]

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Modern media is rubbish #6: that funny Harvey TV ad is not actually news

Here’s more evidence, if any were needed, that newspapers are filled with vacuous, self-referential nonsense. From Saturday’s Daily Mail comes this double-page spread about a Christmas TV advertisement featuring a dog. That would probably be bad enough, but the ad in question was advertising – yes – the power of TV advertising itself. So – […]

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Making predictions is hard – especially about the future of media

For those who haven’t seen it, here’s a curious item – an alarmist video about the future of media (in 2014) made (or at least uploaded to YouTube) in the far-off days of 2007. The general thrust is familiar – software-driven news aggregation and user-generated content have combined to drive “the press as you know […]

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Want a food writing book deal? You need to establish yourself as a blogger first

Anyone who fancies the glory, riches and kudos of becoming a published author should listen to Sunday’s fascinating BBC 4 Food Programme on food writing. Much of the focus was on ground-breaking 1950s food writer Elizabeth David, but at about the 24-minute mark came this from food critic and publisher Tim Hayward: In the past […]

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

When road signs are designed by corporate committee

As a gentle introduction to 2011, here’s what happens when a simple message is delivered by corporate communications and marketing. So, so true… [HT: Bren]