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Matthew Eltringham Matthew Eltringham is editor of the BBC College of Journalism website. Twitter: @mattsays Blog posts in total 36

  1. Media scholars - tell us something we don’t know

    Thursday 7 November 2013, 14:02

    In a post-Leveson world, where standards of journalism are being challenged more than ever before, journalism educators should be leading journalism into the digital age.

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  2. Journalists and academics: trade your ‘fortresses’ for practical partnership

    Wednesday 6 November 2013, 13:31

    The current relationship between academia and journalism is like two hedgehogs mating: prickly and stand-offish.

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  3. College of Journalism website relaunches

    Thursday 8 August 2013, 13:02

    Welcome to the new College of Journalism website. For the first time we have brought together our content and the wealth of material from our sister colleges.

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  4. Social media deniers have disappeared - next stop, New York #smsnyc

    Thursday 18 April 2013, 16:52

    In the eight years since the BBC took its first tentative steps along the social media superhighway, so much has changed but plenty has remained the same.

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  5. Learn from the best in BBC journalism

    Tuesday 19 June 2012, 09:57

    The American writer Eric Hoffer argued that in times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautiful equipped to deal with a world that no longer exist.

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  6. How has social media changed the way newsrooms work?

    Thursday 31 May 2012, 17:47

    BBC News, like all major news providers, has been transformed by technology and the opportunities it has offered over the last 20 or so years. Social media is the latest tectonic plate to move and change the landscape.

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  7. Why I left Facebook

    Tuesday 10 January 2012, 15:11

    In a guest blog post, Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, explains why he walked away from the social networking site:

    A few weeks ago I killed my Facebook account.

    Years of pithy status updates, inconsequential conversations with friends and acquaintances and personal photo albums...

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  8. Schools Questions and Answers competition

    Wednesday 23 November 2011, 11:14

    BBC producer Rob Pearson outlines a UK-wide schools competition:

    The opportunity to hold decision-makers to account is one that youngsters get all too rarely.

    But for the past two months I've been working on a project that will hopefully allow them to do just that.

    'Schools Questions and Answers' is...

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  9. The politics of the party conference

    Friday 16 September 2011, 13:20

    Autumn arrives and with it the party conferences. Political pundit Lance Price considers their relevance:

    It was a pleasure to speak at a BBC College of Journalism event about party conferences and how they are managed, or mismanaged. I felt I could understand both sides of the argument, having attended...

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  10. How has social media changed the way newsrooms work?

    Friday 9 September 2011, 16:28

    For mainstream media organisations like the BBC, engaging with social media and wrestling with the issues that ever-evolving relationship throws up has become a daily task.

    In a speech to the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam on Friday, Kevin Bakhurst, deputy head of the BBC Newsroom...

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  11. Nick Clarke Award 2011

    Monday 15 August 2011, 14:58

    Although I never had the pleasure of working with Nick Clarke, I knew him well enough to chat about the stories he was working on whenever I ran into him.

    One of the most powerful remarks he made about the principles that underpinned his interviewing for BBC Radio 4's World at One continues to be as...

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  12. Getting news on the riots at home

    Tuesday 9 August 2011, 19:17

    Live blogs from mainstream media operations like the BBC, Guardian, and the Daily Telegraph had the speed, immediacy and breadth of narrative that really revealed the extent of the crisis on London's streets.

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  13. Video: Paul Mason - Reflections

    Monday 1 August 2011, 10:53



    Paul Mason, Newsnight's Economics Editor, outlines his brief as "people, planet and profit" rather reading the runes of the latest statement from the Bank of England.

    "I insisted on it as part of my job description, before I took on the role," he told an audience at the Frontline Club. "I've done plenty...

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  14. #bbcsms: Chatham House Rule

    Thursday 19 May 2011, 14:44

    The irony of holding today's #bbcsms workshops under the Chatham House Rule did not escape us when we made the decision.

    When we started planning the two-day social media summit, we knew we wanted to bring media - mainstream and social - from all over the world together to share learning, experiences...

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  15. #bbcsms: Launching the liner

    Monday 16 May 2011, 17:20

    We live in a time when the words 'Facebook' or 'Twitter' can propel a news story up a programme's running order, or onto a front page, not always with good reason.

    But behind the hype real, structural change is taking place in personal and public communications. In particular, there's a new and shifting...

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  16. #bbcsms: The Final Agenda

    Thursday 12 May 2011, 16:06

    As I expected when we published a provisional agenda for the Social Media Summit, we are having to make some changes as we get closer to next week's event.

    But the changes are to accommodate some very significant additional speakers that will make the day unmissable.

    The New York Times' Social Media...

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  17. #bbcsms: Please join us at the BBC Social Media Summit

    Wednesday 11 May 2011, 18:36

    We live in a time when the words 'Facebook' or 'Twitter' can propel a news story up a programme's running order, or onto a front page, often for no good reason.

    But behind the hype - and let's admit there's a fair amount of that around - real, structural change is taking place in personal and...

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  18. Social Media Summit agenda

    Monday 9 May 2011, 16:53

    Publishing the agenda to a big social media event is a tricky exercise in timing. Too soon and you risk it becoming out of date, and then everyone will have a view on whether you've got it right or not.

    Well, at the risk of falling into that very trap, today we are publishing details of our Social Media...

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  19. The new frontline is inside the newsroom

    Monday 28 March 2011, 19:17

    The emergence of a new frontline raises big questions about how we practise our journalism and how we train and look after our journalists.

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  20. Social media: what's the difference between curation and journalism?

    Monday 7 March 2011, 11:23

    A lively conversation over the weekend - of course on Twitter - between two informed protagonists highlighted an issue previously discussed here.

    The debaters were Neal Mann, @fieldproducer, a sharp and savvy Sky journalist who mixes old-school cunning with new media nous, and Andy Carvin, @acarvin...

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