College of Journalism
is a social media producer for BBC Azeri.
Social media is a vital source of information for Azerbaijanis. In a country where the government is accused of increasingly stifling freedom of expression and traditional media outlets are, in essence, exclusively pro-government, social networks like Facebook and Twitter provide a sense of pluralism - at least for those with regular access to the internet.
In the run up to and during the inaugural European Games, being hosted by the Azerbaijani capital Baku, two very different campaigns have been running alongside one another on social media. But they are using very similar methods.
While one side vehemently made propaganda out of Azerbaijan hosting the Games, the other called for a boycott. One side used the #Baku2015 hashtag to promote the Games; the other used it to show people the ‘real’ Baku. Photos of the new shiny buildings and sports venues are juxtaposed with protesters being violently detained: flags and ‘Baku 2015’ logos are mixed in with images of jailed journalists.
is a journalist and researcher. Twitter: @damianradcliffe
A Little Bit of Stone, hyperlocal site in Stone, Staffordshire
When I first started reporting on hyperlocal media in 2009 it was against a daily backdrop predicting the death of newspapers and clarion calls for public intervention to save this vital resource.
Since then this hysteria has died down, although it’s clear that many of the structural challenges being faced by the local media sector have not gone away.
In January the Press Gazette reported that there had been a net reduction of 181 UK local newspapers since 2005, with a further 11 this year. Meanwhile a leaked memo from Trinity Mirror shone a light on the commercial pressures many newspapers groups face and how this is influencing reporting on the ground.
Despite this, the UK’s industrious hyperlocal media sector continues to beaver away.
Unlike other media groups it doesn’t have a trade body, or large public corporations with ready access to politicians, to help make its case. As a result, despite the contribution it is making to UK journalism and our local communities, it can be...
is Director of BBC News
James Harding’s essay on the changing world of news was first published in this year’s Reuters Institute Digital News Report.
Let us start with two observations, emerging both from the Reuters Institute Digital News Report and daily life in the newsrooms of the BBC.
One is that the world is changing both more quickly and more slowly than we expected. On the one hand, smartphone use is revolutionising the news, particularly for younger people. On the other, TV bulletins and radio programmes are the way millions of people prefer to get the news - and will be for years to come. (Indeed, the BBC’s TV news audiences are holding up surprisingly strongly in the UK and growing, rapidly, around the world.)
The other is that the digital future is fabulous, but it is not fair. The internet is enabling us to tell more stories in more engaging ways to more people than ever before. But there is a widening information gap between people online and those offline, an emerging generational divide in news consumption, a greater imbalance in reporter numbers between news organisations, and uneven patterns in the fewer stories that seem to get ever bigger audiences and the many more that do not.
is lead author, Reuters Institute Digital News Report
News consumption is going through a further period of rapid change driven by mobile and social media, and this year’s digital report shows that these trends are not just confined to the UK and US but are playing out everywhere. The implications for publishers are fundamental both in terms of audience reach and future profitability.
News accessed from smartphones (above) has jumped significantly...
is head of statistics for BBC News
BBC audience research in 1962
Anyone in the BBC who’s thinking of commissioning some research should remember that it becomes ‘BBC research’ - so you have to be very careful that it is robust. If it’s any kind of statistical work, there’s plenty of guidance from BBC Editorial Policy.
To save time I should say straight away that, if you’re thinking about a poll to find out which political party people support or who they...
is an editor of the BBC Academy blog
Already named RTS journalist of the year four times - and famously ahead of the competition when she rode into Tripoli with the Libyan rebels in 2011 (below) - Crawford also took this year’s Bafta for TV...
edits this blog and produces BBC Business films @chblm
Anyone making something for BBC Taster needs to remember its remit is to offer the BBC’s “freshest ideas and experiments”.
I was planning to make an interactive video about business using Touchcast software. But, apart from it being interactive, I wanted to try filming and editing it differently too.
That was how I ended up using an iPad for much of the filming of How to Succeed in Business, and why I started editing on the iPad too (which wasn’t so successful - but more of that later).
Every iPad can shoot video straight out of the box. But if you want something approaching broadcast...
is director of PositiveNegatives @PosNegOrg
Part of my personal healing process from that terrible experience was to tell these complex and emotional stories in a medium that I hoped would engage a diverse global audience. Inspired by the political...
is an editor of the BBC Academy blog
The BBC’s chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet has received the Sandford St Martin Trust award for raising the profile of religion in the media and with the public. The awards have been given for excellence in religious and spiritual broadcasting for almost 40 years.
Lyse (pictured above on a 2011 assignment to Afghanistan) gave this interview about the award and her work to Sarah...
editor of the BBC Academy's language websites
The product of close co-operation between the BBC World Service and BBC Academy, the latest sites aim to help train BBC staff as well as share our experience of independent reporting with users around the world.
And, as with our other language websites, they focus on core editorial values...