College of Journalism
is a video consultant. Twitter: @david_hbm
Vocativ - one of the new video news providers
Why do so many organisations still believe that what works on TV will work online?
To use the old analogy: you don’t film theatre and call it cinema. They are different media with very different storytelling techniques.
When it comes to online video, why did this take so long to be understood? And it’s not just the storytelling that’s different. So are the viewing habits of the audience and the means of distribution.
Newspaper groups and publishers have long known they need video to compete in a multimedia, multiplatform world, but they didn’t have the expertise to make it. As a result they have simply copied television, often very badly.
That’s why I was interested to hear that the Washington Post is revamping its online video strategy. The Post’s video director, Micah Gelman, has said that the Post will now concentrate on producing the “right stories for the right platform at the right time”.
In a subtle change of emphasis, video output will no longer be called Post TV; now it...
is a journalism lecturer and former broadcast producer and director. Twitter: @johnmair100
The Panorama production office, BBC Lime Grove studios, 1991
What do Jeremy Paxman, the current and last two director-generals of the BBC, the information commissioner, Christopher Graham, the former controller of BBC One, Lorraine Heggessey, the former editor in chief of ITN, Richard Tait, and the Oscar winner Jon Blair have in common with many other media glitterati?
Answer: they all worked at the BBC’s Lime Grove studios in Shepherds Bush before it was sold off during the time of director-general John Birt. As someone recently put it “John Birt shut the place. And when Birt shut something, it stayed shut.” In this case it also stayed shut because it was knocked down in 1993 to make way for social housing.
Lime Grove already had an illustrious history as a UK film studio before it was bought by the BBC in 1949 for £230,000. That’s how this year turns out to be the studio’s centenary. And that was why a collection of veteran Lime Grovers gathered to celebrate its 100th birthday earlier this month.
Jeremy Paxman was master of ceremonies at...
is the BBC Religious Affairs Correspondent: @CarolineWyatt
BBC rushes filmed inside the Papal plane, including Caroline Wyatt's brief encounter with the Pope.
Embedding with British Forces almost always meant arriving at a dusty base in a foreign desert and being shown to a tent. Not necessarily a hugely well-appointed tent. And not always a tent that was heated, though there was usually a warm welcome from the soldier, Royal Marine or airman or woman who came to help us schlepp 250kg or more of luggage from the airbase to the tent.
If we were very lucky there was a Portakabin, which made us feel as though all our Christmases had come at once. Occasionally an embed on a ship meant a cabin and the relative luxury of a gently swaying bunk bed.
Embedding with the Vatican is rather different. The bureaucracy ahead of time is not dissimilar, although the Vatican neither demands a medical fitness test (luckily) nor even written evidence of your last confession (phew).
Nor does the Vatican ask us to sign the equivalent of the Ministry of Dence’s Green Book, in which we had to promise not to reveal anything that could imperil operational...
is head of training at the BBC Academy
The work of inspirational BBC journalist and trainer Claire Prosser has this week been recognised with the 2015 lifetime achievement honour at the European Diversity Awards (EDA).
As both a programme editor and founder/director of the BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme, Claire championed diversity across BBC News and beyond. She died at the end of 2014.
In his submission to the EDA judges (below),...
is assistant editor in the BBC News impact team
On the face of it they are unlikely bedfellows. One is a tough, long-running, investigative TV current affairs programme which has won just about every journalistic award on the planet in the past 62 years - going by the name of BBC Panorama. The other is a young upstart much beloved of teenagers to exchange funny, clever, sometimes risqué photos which disappear after a few seconds. This is...
Chair of campaigning charity Trans Media Watch
Hannah Winterbourne, the British Army’s first transgender officer, talks to Lorraine Kelly on ITV Breakfast
In April 2010 my charity Trans Media Watch published research showing that 70% of transgender people found media representations of people like them to be overwhelmingly negative. Five years later, though many are still deeply dissatisfied, the picture has changed.
is an independent broadcast compliance consultant
Hunted fugitive (Picture: Channel Four)
However gripping the stories in Channel Four’s Hunted series, I’m afraid that as a compliance consultant I found my mind wandering to more esoteric questions such as what kind of agreements did its contributors sign before the programme-makers were allowed - apparently - to break into their houses and tap phone calls to their loved ones?
Compliance is an essential process for just about every...
BBC World Affairs correspondent @hwhawksley
Eskimo tribal leader Robert Soolook gazes out towards Russia from Little Diomede
A 'FOOC' is the shortest of short stories, and ideally it needs a character, a setting and a narrative arc, sprinkled with surprise and tension - all of which fit elegantly into 750 words or so. At its heart is...
specialises in smartphone reporting for the BBC Academy
It's not often that a new function on a smartphone leaves me open-mouthed at the potential impact for journalists. But that is the case with a feature of iOS 9, the latest operating system for iPhones and iPads.
Regular readers may point out that I wrote about iOS 9 at some length only recently - so why another post? Well, I wanted to give this feature its own post, rather than just adding an extra paragraph to my earlier one, because of just how useful I think it could be.
Credit where credit's due: it was Mashable's ‘12 hidden features in iOS 9’ that sparked this off. I very nearly...
is the editor of From Our Own Correspondent
Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent is celebrating 60 years on air this month. Some of the BBC’s most distinguished journalists - from Charles Wheeler to the show’s presenter Kate Adie - have filed short, memorable dispatches from every corner of the globe for the programme.
Fondly abbreviated to ‘FOOC’, it has been dubbed the journalist’s equivalent of the “jazz solo”. So is there an art to writing one? In this edited version of a briefing for potential contributors, longstanding editor Tony Grant outlines the team’s top tips, with reference to one classic dispatch from the 2003...