CfJ testing the new Evri semantic tool

Jun
12

Having just finished marking first-year essays about the Link Economy... I've been having a quick play with a tool called Evri, the new semantic network tool that's being used most notably by the Washington Post and The Times. If you have a look at the bottom of this and the three other most recent blog posts on the Centre for Journalism site, you'll get the idea. Evri searches through each post and uses fancy semantic web search methods to suggest key terms about which readers might want to find out more information. 

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Manchester Evening News video of Blears used by BBC

Jun
12

The BBC has been working for a while on plans to share some of its news video content with regional newspaper publishers for their web sites. So it's interesting to see the reverse happening today with footage of Hazel Blears' trio of apologies making its way from the Manchester Evening News's Channel M on to the main BBC news web site. 

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Iran votes

Jun
12

All democratic elections matter, but few have the international significance of the one taking place today in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The contest between incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Moussavi has direct implications throughout the region and the world.  Will Iranians elect a leader less determined to pursue confrontation with the west? Will the result calm fears in Israel and reduce tension between two nations whose mutual enmity has produced one of the most sensitive flashpoints in international relations? Reports indicate that Iranians are most concerned about domestic economic problems (how familiar that sounds), but their votes will be counted as carefully in Washington, London, Tel Aviv and Brussels as they are in Teheran, Mashhad and  Tabriz.  The BBC's running coverage  is very good. For an American perspective try this from the Washington Post . For an example of what Israelis are reading take a look at the Jerusalem Post.

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British fascists in Strasbourg

Jun
08

 

My first reaction to the election of British National Party MEPs was to feel profoundly angry and ashamed. Angry because mainstream politics has to fail badly for men such as Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons to win votes. Ashamed because innocent people will be frightened and this country's reputation as a tolerant, liberal democracy tarnished by their election.  

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Crick: political journalists failed on MPs' expenses

Jun
04

Newsnight's political editor Michael Crick has admitted that political journalists failed the British public by not being more aware of MPs' expenses before the scandal broke. Giving a masterclass to Centre for Journalism staff and students, Crick said he was concerned that the case might be symptomatic of failings in other areas of journalism too. "In the pursuit of personality-driven journalism perhaps we are overlooking some of the bigger stories," he said. "I think it is a failing of journalists that the collapse of the economy came as such a surprise to us. In the same way I think it's a failing of political journalists that all this expenses stuff has come as such a surprise to so many people, including us."

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Is saving the world journalism's job?

Jun
02

British Journalism Review 

"Is saving the world journalism's job?" is the title of the cover piece in the new editiion of British Journalism Review. It is by  our own Dr. Suzanne Franks and Prof. Jean Seaton of the University of Wesminster (co-author of the text book 'Power without Responsibility' with which you are all familiar). It is a superb contribution to the debate about the BBC's refusal to broadcast the DEC Gaza Appeal and a tremendous example of how a firm grasp of history informs and enhances  excellent journalism.

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Free Newspapers

Jun
02

The IndependentThe Independent asked me to think about the impact of recession on free newspapers. You can read my thoughts here. The excellent website about the free newspaper industry, to which I refer in the piece, is available here. It is worth noting that, 24 hours before the piece was published but sadly after the copy deadline, Kent on Sunday appeared in shops with a cover price of 90p. It was previously free but has now adopted a mixed paid/free model whereby some copies will be delivered free to homes but copies in shops must be paid for. 

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Radio news bulletin, 22 May 2009

May
26

On Friday 22 May, first year students from the Centre for Journalism produced a live 15-minute news bulletin for a visiting Broadcast Journalism Training Council panel. The bulletin went out at 1pm.

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Thank you and well done

May
22

Today's accreditation visit by the BJTC was a huge success. Panel members were greatly impressed by the degree, the facilities and, above all, by the undergraduates. So, a very big thank you to all of you. Ian, Richard, Sarah, Suzanne and I were delighted by the radio bulletin. You displayed great professionalism and commitment to produce such excellence. We are intensely proud of you. You should be proud of yourselves. If any of you are planning to attend the boat race tomorrow I'll see you there.     

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Centre for Journalism welcomes BJTC panel

May
22
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The Centre for Journalism today welcomes an accreditation panel from the Broadcast Journalism Training Council. Steve Harris from the BJTC, Robin Elias, managing editor of ITV News, and Nick Myers, editorial training manager of ITV News, will spend the day talking to students and staff at the centre, examining the facilities and looking at students' work.

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