College of Journalism
is editorial director of KM Group, the Kent news network
Ian Carter argues for fair attribution by BBC News of stories obtained from local media, but says the biggest competitor of regional news is now social media.
The KM Group and the BBC may differ in scale, but our raison d’être is so close as to be interchangeable. Is it not ironic then that the BBC and regional news publishers are so often portrayed as mortal enemies?
As an industry we are probably guilty of creating a perception that we blame the BBC above all others for the challenges we face; we do not. It is not the fault of the BBC that Google, Facebook and Twitter - despite not having offices or staff in Kent - came out of nowhere a decade ago to become swiftly our biggest competitors.
We are now so hooked on the audience the social media behemoths drive to our websites that we hand over our most precious commodity - our content - for free whilst continuing to protest at the BBC drawing inspiration from those self-same stories.
The skewed logic of the situation struck home...
is the international director of the Centre for Freedom of the Media and vice president of the Association of European Journalists
Journalists in Egypt suffer from some of the world’s most oppressive laws and restrictions on truthful and independent reporting. And the weekend’s court verdict and jail sentences in the much-publicised re-trial of Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy and (in absentia) Peter Greste (pictured left to right above), on charges of aiding a terrorist organisation and spreading false news, have dashed hopes for a relaxation of President al-Sisi’s vice-like grip on the information sphere.
The international outcry against the sentences has been exceptional and the shock is felt much further afield. Since 2012, when the United Nations launched its Action Plan on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, international human rights organisations, with the backing of supportive governments, have put unprecedented efforts into establishing legal and practical protections for journalists and other civil society groups, as a basis for building democratic societies and making governments more...
is assistant editor, social news at the BBC. Twitter: @markfrankel29
Yesterday’s shocking murders of WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward - filmed by their killer Vester Flanagan and posted on social media - raise pressing questions about the use and misuse of social media, as well as the relationship between social networks and news organisations. Mark Frankel considers what’s up for discussion:
The shootings in Virginia have given the news industry plenty to think about: in the way events played out and how the story was handled by news providers.
For a start, in a case that some have described as “social media murder”, can we justify being eyewitnesses to a crime and reporters simultaneously?
Yesterday, the speed with which the story went from rumour to widely available video evidence was remarkable. It seems it was part of the gunman’s project to tell the story in a particular way - in a ‘snuff video’ kind of way.
There’s normally a line between news organisations and individuals. This story was presented very loudly and...
MENA programme officer, Rory Peck Trust
Most of us now know that Syria is the most dangerous country in the world to be a journalist. Since the beginning of the conflict in 2011, at least 84 journalists have been killed, nearly half of them freelance. And more than 90 have been abducted - that's the highest number of kidnappings in any conflict zone since documentation began, says the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
specialises in smartphone reporting for the BBC Academy
One of the advantages of working with a smartphone to record, edit and send footage is that you’re almost certain to have it with you all the time and ‘when the story breaks’.
The quality might not be quite as good as what you’d gather using a high-end video camera but unless you happen to have that with you you can’t use it.
So the smartphone wins here.
That’s the theory at least. One of the...
edits this blog and produces BBC Business films @chblm
They’re great stories: two outsiders in party contests who have taken the lead in polls against all expectations. They’re both candidates who appeal to the party heartlands while commentators and politicians warn they won’t be popular with the wider electorate.
But is the coverage of Jeremy Corbyn and Donald Trump in their respective leadership bids so disproportionate to the other candidates that it’s partly responsible for their lead in polls?
Well, Google Trends shows that its users are just as interested as media coverage suggests: they have been searching for a lot more information...
Co-founder of Creative Vikings @CreativeVikings
With the introduction of the AppleWatch, sales of smartwatches have skyrocketed. It is very likely that your colleagues, friends or family are using smartwatches already.
Smartwatches are always within the consumer’s reach, enabling news consumption in ways that have not been possible before. But to ensure the best reading experience, the news has to be tailored to the platform it is consumed...
Rural affairs and environment editor, BBC Radio 4
The milk crisis is not a new story. We have been reporting on it across BBC News since last September, and Farming Today especially has been pushing the story for months. But the recent stunts by dairy farmers in supermarkets have definitively had their desired effect: it has now moved the story up the news agenda and suddenly everyone is interested.
I get regular calls from news colleagues...
is a multimedia journalist at IRPI @aisselax
Franco Castaldo (above) remembers the time when people used to buy his newspaper at the kiosk, hiding it inside their coat or in the pages of other publications. Their wish to be informed was tempered by fear of the consequences.
It was 2004 and he’d just started publishing Grandangolo di Agrigento - a bimonthly newspaper with stories on the local mafia in a city on the southern coast of...
is an editor of the BBC Academy blog
In the insatiable seasonal tradition of summer picks (best beach reads, must-see Edinburgh stand-ups, more unmissable listings by BuzzFeed), I’d like to recommend some highlights from the recent Polis Summer School talks.