Blog posts by year and month December 2009

Posts (17)

  1. It's that time of year. Steve Hewlett's look back at 2009 in journalism (BBC Radio 4's The Media Show) is as good a review as any. But what about a preview? Here are a few random thoughts. Not predictions; rather the things journalists will find themselves thinking about or dealing with in 201...

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  2. If the job of journalism is to analyse as well as report, it's surprising that so few connections have been made between two of the biggest stories of our time - the financial crisis and climate change.  In an updated edition of his book Hot, Flat and Crowded, the New York Times columnist ...

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  3. Rupert Murdoch has made the most noise in telling us that news is not a free good. But instead of his News International, the rather more modest Johnston Press has bravely decided to break ranks and try charging a subscription for premium content on some of its regional titles. Online readers...

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  4. An intriguing article from the Washington Post's Ombudsman Andrew Alexander this weekend. It's about news organisations' reluctance to own up when they've made a mistake - or, as happened with his own newspaper, surround themselves with rules and rituals about what can be admitted or who can b...

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  5. I remember one of my first news shifts in the BBC World Service Pashto department. The instruction from the day producer was to translate some 74 lines into Pashto, my mother tongue. The story was written in simple and clear English, yet on many occasions my heart jumped: 'how do I translate thi...

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  6.   Wednesday 13 January 2010, The Frontline Club, London The BBC College of Journalism ran this event, Reporting Science, in partnership with the Frontline Club.  The leaking of the notorious 'Climategate' emails just before the Copenhagen global warming summit, the resignation of Professo...

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  7. Thursday 14 January 2010, City University, London The BBC College of Journalism, working in partnership with journalism.co.uk, took part in the news:rewired event at City University.  It was a fascinating day of workshops, lectures and debates to help journalists, trainees, students and aca...

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  8. It was one of the saddest scenes in a BBC documentary for a long time: Gerry Robinson's second film about dementia care ended with the residents of the home Robinson had been trying to improve being wheeled out, protesting helplessly. The home had been closed after what Robinson called "some ser...

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  9. A leading Dutch newspaper editor told journalists from across Europe that his government "is trying to intimidate journalists to keep us quiet". Freedom of the press is under threat every day, he thundered. He accused the Dutch government of erecting barriers to information "thicker than the Ber...

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  10. If you're visiting this site for the first time, welcome.The site has existed inside the BBC for three years - but hasn't been accessible outside. From today, it's freely available to all in the UK. The site plays an important role in supporting the College's remit: to design and deliver trai...

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