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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Top Ten Must Reads for Journalists

May
21

This is my unashamedly left-wing/green list of must reads for journalists. There are, I'm sure you'll notice, a few glaring absences, such as My Trade, Flat Earth News, etc. I've made this list deliberately personal, I wanted to avoid the books that you'll all have been recommended since September already. Anyway, let me know what you think, and if you have any that you'd add to a list of your own!

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Paxman accepts first Charles Wheeler award

May
20

Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman tonight accepted the inaugural Charles Wheeler award, rounding off the Crisis in Journalism Conference at Westminster University.

The award was given as part of the British Journalism Review's 20th anniversary celebrations. Describing Wheeler as "probably the greatest reporter there has been in television", Paxman said: "He stayed true to the moral duties of our trade. He found things out. He told it straight. And he caused trouble."

I thought I'd use the opportunity to test out the new iPhone app I've just downloaded - iTalk - to record some audio from the ceremony.

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Audioboo: awful or awesome?

May
20

As we keep on hearing from various guest speakers that come to the Centre for Journalism mobile phones have a future in the news industry.

Well here’s one of the latest sites to use mobile phone technology for breaking news... It’s called Audioboo and it has been called the Twitter for people who want their voices heard

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'Google-killer' Wolfram Alpha goes live. But doesn't have all the answers

May
18

It's been hyped by some as a "Google-killer", and after a period of invitation-only testing today Wolfram Alpha is available to the unwashed masses. It's been described as an answer engine, as opposed to a search engine, and describes its long-term goal as making "all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone... to build on the achievements of science and other systematizations of knowledge to provide a single source that can be relied on by everyone for definitive answers to factual queries."

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The importance of Suzanne Breen's fight to protect her source

May
13

Suzanne Breen. Pic Sunday TribuneThe legal battle of a journalist in Northern Ireland who may have to choose between revealing a source and going to prison is one we should all follow closely. Suzanne Breen, the Sunday Tribune's northern editor, has written a number of stories about the Real IRA - including a report of the group's claim to be responsible for the murders of two British soldiers outside Massareene Barracks earlier this year.

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