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June (11 posts)

  1. Iran and Twitter

    Sunday 28 June 2009, 18:26

    Kevin Marsh Kevin Marsh is director of OffspinMedia and a former Today editor

    We're all pretty familiar with Twitter's role in the events in Iran. But what about the role of the events in Iran in changes to Twitter.

    Mark Hannah writes at Mediashift

    "I've been more interested in the way this story has brought Twitter into the mainstream. That is, not Twitter's effect on the...

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  2. Do complacent MPs claim more?

    Friday 26 June 2009, 14:19

    Charles Miller Charles Miller edits the College of Journalism blog and produces documentaries for BBC History and Business. Twitter: @chblm

    There is a theory that the worst offenders in the expenses scandal are MPs with safe seats. It's an idea that can be tested - by bringing together two sets of published data: parliamentary majorities for each constituency and Parliament's own figures for each MP's individual expenses.

     

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  3. An evening at Sainsbury's

    Friday 26 June 2009, 14:02

    Charles Miller Charles Miller edits the College of Journalism blog and produces documentaries for BBC History and Business. Twitter: @chblm

    The Channel 4 television programme I'm Running Sainsbury's was the first of four hour-long documentaries made for C4 by Daisy Goodwin (whose track record includes hits like How Clean is Your House?, Jamie's Kitchen and Property Ladder.) The idea was a sort of company suggestions box crossed with The...

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  4. Mapping the protests in Iran

    Thursday 25 June 2009, 15:21

    David Hayward David Hayward of Hayward Black Media is a writer, journalist and consultant for local TV. Twitter: @david_hbm

    The mobile phone footage showing the death of the young woman Neda Soltani has become the overriding image of the protests in Iran. With much of the world's media refused access to report the post-election demonstrations first-hand, we're relying hugely on user generated content (UGC) to see what's happening...

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  5. To tweet or not to tweet?

    Wednesday 24 June 2009, 17:46

    Kerensa Jennings Kerensa Jennings Head Strategic Delivery

    There is no doubt that Twitter has become a valuable newsgathering tool. Increasingly, BBC journalists find themselves using this clever resource to root out information and to reach people and places. The recent earthquake in L'Aquila clearly demonstrated the journalistic power and potential of this...

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  6. Guardian's crowdsourcing

    Tuesday 23 June 2009, 14:42

    Kevin Marsh Kevin Marsh is director of OffspinMedia and a former Today editor

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    Interesting post at Nieman Journalism Lab by Michael Andersen - a quick look at The Guardian's 'Investigate your MP's expenses' experiment.

    Includes some of the lessons of effective crowdsourcing.

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  7. If you're of a certain age ...

    Friday 19 June 2009, 14:33

    Kevin Marsh Kevin Marsh is director of OffspinMedia and a former Today editor

    ... you'll be at least mildly amused by this take on the commercial media's troubles.

     

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  8. Twittering from Teheran

    Thursday 18 June 2009, 19:28

    Kevin Marsh Kevin Marsh is director of OffspinMedia and a former Today editor

    Vast attention is being given to the role of social networking technology in the current events in Iran. Here's an assessment by my BBC Monitoring colleague Shuvra Mahmud of what he calls the "netwar" that has been sparked by the elections.

    The slightly older technology of satellite TV has also been...

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  9. Sometimes the simple thing is original

    Thursday 18 June 2009, 17:46

    Kevin Marsh Kevin Marsh is director of OffspinMedia and a former Today editor

    One of the things that audiences say puzzles and irritates them is the TV convention that puts the correspondent outside an empty building - in the dark, often - delivering a piece to camera or live two-way.

    It's such a convention that it makes its way into output as a matter of routine.

    But this device...

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  10. Dead soldier was also blogger

    Thursday 18 June 2009, 17:27

    Simon Ford Simon Ford

    A soldier killed in a blast in southern Afghanistan recently was also a Frontline blogger. Lieutenant Paul Mervis of 2nd Battalion, The Rifles, died on foot patrol near Sangin, in Helmand, last Friday.

    The 27-year-old, from London, was the second man from his platoon to be killed in less than two weeks...

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