Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

#NOTW scandal: Don’t confuse the ethics of tabloid journalism with its legality

The News of the World phone hacking scandal won’t go away, so let’s add some verbiage to it. Specifically – what’s the difference between scum-sucking, immoral, intrusive, vile tabloid (or other) journalism and illegal practices? Fleet Street Blues posted an excellent dissection of the nuances of journalistic morality last week (I wish I’d written it). […]

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Is offering bribes to bloggers any different from old-style PR sweeteners for journalists?

Paul Bradshaw has a timely post here on the legal position of bloggers who accept payment or other incentives to post content on behalf of brands or other interests. It’s a warning to the sponsors of this as much as anyone – Bradshaw points out that a PR firm offering entry into a prize draw […]

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Building trust online: transparency and process journalism

Part 1;    Part 2;    Part 3;    Part 4;    Part 5; Last in this series of videos and write-ups of Reed Business Information editorial development director Karl Schneider’s talk to journalism students at UCA Farnham. The discussion comes as a result of a typically trenchant question from pugnacious student newspaper editor Michael Copus. It’s one that […]

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Dilbert and deadlines

Curses: I’ve just discovered the 7,000-plus Dilbert strip archive on Scott Adams’ web site. This is a productivity disaster, of course, especially as I’m going to press. But I thought this strip about the recent spate of government bailouts was pretty much on the money. Now – if I can just navigate away before my […]

Friday, February 27th, 2009

More on in-blog Twittering

The Twitter feed seems to have settled down and be updating regularly, thankfully. It’s interesting being able to get these two technologies to talk to each other. Whether the content of the Tweets is actually worth anything is another matter of course. But I’ve already clicked through to an interesting piece on how an item […]

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

When online journalism = Stalinism

Interesting post on the FT’s Alphaville blog [from last week, but I’ve only just caught up with it]. Reuters files a story based on an FT interview with Luo Ping, a director-general at the China Banking Regulatory Commission. In the course of it, Mr Luo passes comment on the current US policy of monetary loosening: Mr […]