Blog posts by year and month August 2011

Posts (21)

  1. Meet Matthew Broadbent, Shaun Daly and Robyn Cowen, three of this year's BBC Kick Off trainee sports reporters - new to the BBC and new to sports journalism. They have been given eight weeks over the summer to discover how it feels to be a reporter at the BBC. I caught up with them half way th...

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  2. As the fighting continues in Tripoli, a war of words is taking place in the Chinese media and blogosphere. The revolution in Libya has become a subject of heated debate which may reveal more about China than the Libyan conflict. As they have for the past six months, China's state media are sti...

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  3. Professor Fawaz Gerges, the Director the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics, and David Loyn, BBC International Development Correspondent, gave an enlightening assessment of what to expect next in Libya. They outlined the key factions within Libya's National Transitional Coun...

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  4. I'm puzzled that I often meet fantastic journalists who believe fervently that television is set against investigations. They list wonderful stories that have been rejected, and portray a Britain of dumbed down television that has no room for journalistic sleuthing. Of course, any TV listings...

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  5. War reporting is not a game of football in which there are 'winners' and 'losers', title contenders and bottom-of-the-league strugglers.

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  6. In the age of 24-hour news, every war needs a media star. In the early days of rolling news it was Peter Arnett of CNN. A decade later, John Simpson was credited with "liberating" Kabul from the Taliban. In 2003, Rageh Omaar's reports from Baghdad earned him the soubriquet the "Scud Stud". In...

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  7. A glossy magazine about social media was launched last week. While you might wonder whether a printed magazine is really the medium for the message, the arrival of The Social Media Monthly raises another question: when online businesses are so flush with cash they want to advertise in glossy mag...

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  8. Wednesday 21 September 2011, Frontline Club, London MPs' expenses, Wikileaks, phone hacking - investigative journalism seems to be going through a purple patch. Is it really alive or is this a false dawn? Join us to debate this and to launch the book Investigative Journalism: Dead or Alive?,...

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  9. Although I never had the pleasure of working with Nick Clarke, I knew him well enough to chat about the stories he was working on whenever I ran into him. One of the most powerful remarks he made about the principles that underpinned his interviewing for BBC Radio 4's World at One continues to...

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  10. Football fans can scarcely have failed to notice the anaemic newspaper coverage of matches and lack of photographs from this season's early football league games. It's not that there's been a sudden loss of interest - far from it. What's been hampering the coverage is a lack of access. A disp...

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