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New spades for digging data
by Paul Brannan | Wednesday 26 January 2011, 07:41
Next week I'll be at the College of Journalism's awayday to do a brief turn on future trends in an attempt to signpost some potential training needs for BBC staff. Data journalism is looming large on my radar as demand...
Category: Innovation

Reforming the language of politics
by Charles Miller | Tuesday 25 January 2011, 11:22
Yesterday's Daily Politics discussed twin directives issued to BBC journalists and civil servants about the word "reform". According to presenter Anita Anand, in unrelated initiatives civil servants have been told not to use it because it is "too negative" while BBC journalists have been...
Category: Politics

Dealing with a plague of fake and offensive comments
by The European Journalism Centre | Monday 24 January 2011, 13:32
"I'm not a popular prime minister. I probably would have been more popular, if I was leaking to the press, initiating positive polls and paying comments agencies to post flattering comments about me." These words, from Ehud Olmert, the former prime...
Category: Ethics and Values

Andy Coulson: my part in his downfall (with apologies to Spike Milligan)
by John Mair | Monday 24 January 2011, 09:02
On 25 November, my Coventry Conversations series featured David Yelland, former editor of the Sun, now a PR man and an alumni of Lanchester Polytechnic, the forerunner of Coventry University. Yelland was 'back home' and unloaded himself honestly about his life,...
Category: Media Freedom

Journalists and illegal information
by Kevin Marsh | Saturday 22 January 2011, 11:53
Is this a good moment to recall the 305 named journalists found dealing illegally in private information back in 2006? It was a thought that occurred to me as I listened to former News of the World editor Phil Hall...
Category: Editorial

I refer my friend ...
by Kevin Marsh | Friday 21 January 2011, 15:16
... to this blog I wrote in September. Andy Coulson's resignation was, in the event, a long time coming - but in the intervening months I haven't met a single person in politics (on either side of the chamber) or...
Category: Editorial

'The line of verification': a new approach to objectivity for social media
by Matthew Eltringham | Friday 21 January 2011, 13:32
This guest post by Charlie Beckett of POLIS is based on a conversation I had with him: If objectivity is a relative concept, then how does a journalist work out where they stand? I would like to introduce you to a new...
Category: Internet

Lord Sugar's Twitter race with Piers Morgan
by Charles Miller | Friday 21 January 2011, 09:52
Piers Morgan has had a busy week: not only taking over Larry King's daily talk show on CNN but dealing with a flurry of tweets from Lord Sugar.   Sugar, also in the States this week, has been following Morgan's CNN...
Category: Internet

Local television: long-running soap or reality show?
by David Hayward | Thursday 20 January 2011, 14:54
More than five years ago, the BBC announced plans for a local TV service. I remember it well as I helped to run the pilot scheme, setting up six TV stations for a nine-month trial in the West Midlands.   The BBC's efforts were met...
Category: Innovation

The King's Speech - back to the future of film?
by John Mair | Thursday 20 January 2011, 10:03
It was sheer nostalgia - outside and inside the cinema. Scores of people queuing to get in before; cascading excitedly to the winter air afterwards. Inside the Phoenix cinema in Jericho in Oxford it was sitting room only. Packed for...
Category: Production

Eight top tips to become a great TV reporter
by John Mair | Wednesday 19 January 2011, 18:03
It's been exhausting: I have been watching seven hours, maybe 70 items, of television news pieces from last year, varying from half a minute to five. Not just for fun: I was doing some judging. It led me to think...
Category: Skills

Finding the audience on Facebook
by Angelique Halliburton | Wednesday 19 January 2011, 14:37
When the BBC is seeking material from its audience to use in its output - whether pictures, videos or news - it can no longer just rely people "coming to us", says Trushar Barot, senior broadcast journalist in the UGC (User Generated...
Category: Production

Evangelists v sceptics: where do you stand on social media?
by Philippa Thomas | Tuesday 18 January 2011, 13:39
Journalists like nothing better than to talk about themselves. But this has gone beyond us. There's a battle out there about the role of social media.  It's the evangelists versus the sceptics. And right now the sceptics are gaining ground....
Category: Internet

How the papers over-egged BBC cuts reports
by Torin Douglas | Monday 17 January 2011, 08:16
Devil and Detail 3: An occasional series highlighting stories that are not all they seem. With all due respect to MediaGuardian, I don't think it added to the sum of human understanding with its coverage of the latest BBC cuts...
Category: Writing

Yet more libel reform
by Kevin Marsh | Friday 14 January 2011, 19:04
In case there's anyone out there who's anxious about libel reform - you will be, you will be - here's the video of my contribution to the Media Standards Trust debate at Gray's Inn on 11 January. Enjoy....
Category: Editorial

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