Blog posts by year and month July 2009

Posts (9)

  1. In case you haven't heard, when the guitar of a Nova Scotia musician got broken on a United Airlines flight and the airline refused compensation, it set off a chain of events that must have cost United far more than the $1,200 its passenger was claiming. Dave Carroll's YouTube video of the pr...

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  2. Two new initiatives showcased last week demonstrate how the BBC is finding new ways to involve its audience in what it produces. A new four-part series about the World Wide Web for BBC2 - pegged to the 20th anniversary of Tim Berners-Lee's original proposal of the idea - is planning its produc...

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  3. There is no shortage of gloomy predictions about the newspaper industry as it is hit by competition from online news sources and cuts in advertising budgets (e.g. Sly Bailey, the chief executive of Trinity Mirror, talking about closing nine local papers on BBC Radio 4's Media Show this week. B...

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  4. Reuters journalists have long been known for their strict adherence - some would say devotion - to the news agency's way of doing things. Now they've decided to share The Reuters Way with the rest of us by publishing their Handbook of Journalism. The document, or something very like it, has ex...

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  5. Tira Shubart, the journalist, writer and comedy producer, gave a BBC Journalism Programme lunchtime session previewing her new TV series, BBC2's Taking the Flak. The show follows a BBC TV news crew covering a war in a fictitious African country. Tira says the programmes are just the latest in ...

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  6. The scandal over MPs' second home allowances has been followed by a series of Sunday Times articles alleging that some peers have been abusing their own expenses system - an affair that's still rumbling on. The newspaper has named more than a dozen peers. It accused some of pocketing tens of t...

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  7. Adult films, moat cleaning, floating duck islands, silk cushions - flippin' heck ... was there anything that MPs weren't claiming for in the great expenses scandal of 2009? It all began in the New Year when the Commons authorities announced that Parliament would be publishing details of MPs' e...

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  8. Abraham Lincoln got it right when he offered counsel back in the 1800s: "It is better to keep one's mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and resolve all doubt." Barack Obama's political muse - also from Illinois but preferring elephant hide to the traditional donkey jacket -...

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  9. The inscrutable masks of Noh theatre are about to be given a second life. Literally. A tiny room half-filled with Japanese ex-pats on Buckingham Gate held the key to finding out more. It was billed as a "virtual seminar" on the challenges of linking the past to the future. A talk designed ...

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