Blog posts by year and month July 2011

Posts (30)

  1. If you are a working journalist and make a habit of keeping an eye on what that day's newspapers are doing by visiting their websites (and who doesn't?), you may be falling foul of copyright laws. This week the Court of Appeal upheld an earlier High Court judgment in a case involving an online...

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  2. "Real, total war has become information war. It is being fought by subtle electric informational media - under cold conditions, and constantly." The Canadian academic and media guru Marshall McLuhan was writing in 1967, in The Medium is the Massage, a graphic book of his ideas. He mi...

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  3. I was in Camden on Saturday afternoon when I first started to read the rumours on Twitter that Amy Winehouse had died at her home. Being the inquisitive journalist, I easily found her address and by the time I'd arrived there were numerous police officers, snappers and large swathes of Camden ...

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  4. The World This Weekend on BBC Radio 4 on 24 July explored the kind of training given to police officers in how to conduct relations with the news media. The peg for the story was the confirmation by Surrey Police that a detective had been taken off the Milly Dowler murder investigation following allegations that information had been passed to the News of the World. The force says it has no evidence the detective constable spoke to journalists, but a fellow officer complained that confidential data had been mishandled. On a general level, the government's announced an investigation into allegedly corrupt relations between the police and the press. Presenter Shaun Ley wanted to know if officers were always given the training they needed. He spoke to Peter Ryan, a former chief constable who was the first national director of police training for England and Wales, before taking charge in New South Wales, after a corruption inquiry at Australia's largest police force. But before the interview Ley asked if things were as clear cut as they seemed to be in the days when the fictional policeman Dixon pounded the Dock Green beat. Of course most journalists' experience of the police is not a Deep Throat-style contact but the press office. That's where enquiries are dealt with from newsrooms around the country. Watch a video about how the Greater Manchester Police press office goes about its daily business.

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  5. I think, to be frank, it's probably too soon to say (but when has that ever stopped a blogger). I've been on Google+ since the day it was launched and it feels like we (the extra keen ones) are all still taking the temperature and having a good ol' play. The difference however is that, unli...

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  6. What happens when you, as a journalist, are covering a foreign story and need to make arrangements to gain access to a local official/politician/location or similar? In many parts of the world it is normal practice to engage a local 'fixer', someone familiar with the local environment or admi...

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  7. What has 'churnalism' got to do with the phone hacking scandal? Plenty, according to Chris Atkins in his support for the motion "This house believes news articles based on press releases should be marked 'advertorial'" at a recent debate at the Royal Statistical Society. Atkins opened by claim...

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  8. 'That's television, isn't it?' I hear you cry. No, it isn't. But the combining of radio programmes with web video is an interesting phenomenon that warrants exploration. It's become known as 'visualisation' and it's becoming increasingly popular and sophisticated, as Roger Bolton reported for ...

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  9. "Barça, Barça, Baaaaarça!" I was on holiday, in the middle of my time on the BBC's Journalism Trainee Scheme. People were dangling from the tops of light stands, others climbing up palm trees, and more jumping up and down in a haze of deep red and blue on the Arc de Triomf - all angling ...

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  10. Will the Defamation Bill protect robust debate in the UK? The Media Society recently debated the rights and wrongs of the Bill (published on 15 March 2011). Although the panel came from different areas - journalism, media law and academia - there was plenty of agreement, making the discussion ...

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