Blog posts by year and month January 2010

Posts (45)

  1. Last Friday, BBC World Service launched a daily radio programme in Haitian Creole for the survivors of the Haiti earthquake, offering much-needed information about the rescue and reconstruction efforts.  Americo Martins, Executive Editor, Americas, for the World Service, gives an insight i...

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  2. Reporting from Haiti has followed a pattern established by previous disasters.  Using Wordle, a web tool which analyses text to highlight key words in proportion to their frequency, I have compared newspaper reports about Haiti with reports of the 2008 earthquake in China. (I used news pie...

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  3. What does a public service broadcaster do when it no longer leads in either the supply or the presentation of public information? As a rookie journalist wanting routine data, I phoned a press office, it gave us the stuff, we printed it, highlighting what we thought interesting. "Are you a m...

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  4. The Science Media Centre - based at the Royal Institution in London - is one of the best resources for any journalist reporting a science story. We've invited its Director, Fiona Fox, to make regular contributions to the College of Journalism Discussion pages - on science, the media and the mi...

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  5. Rob Nothman, whose online guide to commentary you can read here, has these thoughts on the great Bill McLaren, whose death was announced on 19 January 2010. "It's almost vulgar to examine the skills of a broadcaster like Bill McLaren in too much detail. But, more than any other sports commenta...

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  6. Today's Washington Post reports that every major US television network has a new breed of reporter on the ground in Haiti: the doctor-reporter. CNN's neuro-surgeon/medical reporter Sanjay Gupta was one of the first, and he's been reporting and Tweeting (below) - to over a million followers - b...

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  7. At the heart of this morning's Today programme encounter between Ed Balls and David Willetts over family policy was Willetts' assertion that "income tax should recognise marriage," which, he explained would be the "most effective way of helping families." Effective? In doing what? Nobody qui...

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  8. "Are you a journalist?" asked the lady sitting behind me as I settled myself down before another session at news:rewired last Thursday. I hesitated. I spluttered something like, "I like to think so." The expression on her face was easy to read. She wasn't convinced. I carried on with a ...

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  9. Take a look at the number of fans on the Conservatives' Facebook page, Nick Clegg's Twitter messages or the comments on Labour's YouTube channel and you might conclude that 2010 will be the UK's first social media general election. Indeed, January began with a rush of such speculation about t...

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  10. Multimedia Journalism Experiment, experiment, experiment. Simple yet invaluable advice from freelance journalist Adam Westbrook, who opened a resfreshingly practical discussion on how to produce multimedia content across radio, TV and online.  Adam, a City University postgraduate journalism s...

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