Blog posts by year and month June 2011

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  1. When I walked into the Radio Theatre at the BBC's Broadcasting House, there were many 'unknowns'. Would there be enough people in the audience? Would the main guest be able to join us? Would John Simpson be arrested? We were about to play the first Reith Lecture in the 2011 'Securing Freedom' ...

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  2. Is there a problem with Twitter and Facebook being used as a generic catch-all for social media? Professor John Naughton of the Open University believes there is, and wrote about the subject in the Observer (Sunday 19 June). "Why give preference to Facebook, which is worth billions of dollars,...

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  3. The BBC's Business Editor, Robert Peston, BBC Chief Economics Correspondent Hugh Pym and William Horsley, UK Chair of the Association of European Journalists, are to give a CoJo lunchtime seminar on the economic crisis in Greece. They'll assess the impact of Greece's financial problems and wh...

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  4. As the 'Arab Spring' moves through Midsummer's Day to what could prove to be a very cold winter, is the British media flogging an out-of-date narrative? This came out clearly in Mirage in the Desert, the BBC College of Journalism/Coventry Conversations conference last week which brought togeth...

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  5. Wednesday 6 July 2011, the Royal Statistical Society, London Following the launch of Churnalism.com, the Media Standards Trust, in partnership with the Royal Statistical Society and the BBC College of Journalism, will be holding a lively panel debate about 'churnalism'.  The motion: ...

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  6. The Sri Lanka's Killing Fields documentary which was shown late at night on Channel 4 was truly shocking. It is rare that such images are shown on mainstream television. And one might reflect that it was only because the victims were foreigners from a faraway and poor country that they were s...

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  7. When a fire broke out near her office in central London, BBC social media trainer Ramaa Sharma found herself caught up in reporting it as a citizen journalist. Ramaa was asked to investigate the fire by a Twitter contact, Ravin Sampat, who was putting a story together for Blottr ("the people-p...

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  8. An announcement to staff on Thursday by Andrew Miller, chief executive of Guardian Media Group, and Alan Rusbridger, the Guardian's Editor-in-Chief, combined some grim financial news (£33 million losses last year; almost the same as the year before) with heady ideas about a future 'digital-firs...

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  9. The new Made in Britain series on BBC2 opens with a film by director Martin Small about manufacturing. Here, Small gives an insight into the producer/director's job - talking about the editing process and how, as a director, he needs to make decisions about the style of a film. He also has some tips for anyone wanting to break into documentary-making. In his cutting room, he describes the three-way process between director, editor and presenter to create the final film, as he works with his editor Bill Coates.   This is the second part of Martin Small's interview about his job. In the first, during the filming of the same programme, he talks about directing a crew on location.

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  10. I had been standing on the roof of a hotel in Luanda, Angola, for two hours. In the middle of the night. In a tropical downpour. I had a fantastic radio package: full of elegant edits, telling interviews and atmospheric actuality. But I also had a satphone that refused to connect to London no ...

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