Fiona Anderson

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  1. It was timely that the launch of the latest Oxford Internet Survey coincided with the debate in the Commons over releasing all documents about the Hillsborough disaster. The debate came about because of a well supported online petition which, as the survey points out, is the most popular form of...

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  2. The shippers were coming in two days. All weekend we'd been packing four years of living in Washington into boxes and we were pretty much done. So I set off for the office nearly on time. I had just taken the down escalator to the Friendship Heights metro when the first call came. It was Malc...

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  3. The photographer Marcus Bleasdale deserves praise for his persistence in drawing the West's attention back to places and people many would rather forget. He has spent much of his career documenting the hellholes of this world, and his photographs are featured in the latest edition of Nieman Repo...

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  4. It's crucial that a presenter is passionate about their subject, especially if it's one the audience knows very little about. That's what enabled Dr Janina Ramirez to engage her audience in Treasures of the Anglo Saxons, a programme about Anglo-Saxon art and treasure on BBC4. The brief epi...

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  5. For Neda is a documentary about Neda Agha Soltan (below), the young Iranian woman who was shot in the middle of the demonstrations in Tehran last summer. The camera phone pictures of her horrible death and photographs of her beautiful face went around the world in hours, turning her into a symbo...

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  6. I was amused to hear about ongoing and in-depth research for an Ofcom report, due out this spring, into the acceptability of bad language on television.  The poor researchers have had to sit in people's front rooms holding up cue cards with rude words written on them, noting the reaction f...

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  7. It was an honour to attend an evening's tribute to former BBC correspondent Brian Barron (below, in 1967) with many BBC luminaries past and present last Friday. I got talking to Brian's sister Penny about what got him started as a journalist and how he learnt to write so well. It turned out...

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  8. Can I suggest a New Year resolution for all broadcast writers: be bolder with language? To write words that please the ear and are not entirely predictable? I love the deliberate choice of an unexpected (by which I do not mean an unfamiliar) word: it makes me sit up and pay attention...

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