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  1. Richard Jones, founder of the hyperlocal website Saddleworth News, soon found his patch in the national spotlight: It's January 2011. In a cramped upstairs room at a car repair garage in Oldham, I sit next to a couple of other local journalists as we interview David Cameron about the Conserva...

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  2. As someone who has been involved in the training and development of staff in the BBC's Language Services over the past six years, I have long believed the talent there is one of the Corporation's untapped assets. At a time when BBC Newsgathering is having to reduce and in some places withdraw...

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  3. edits this blog. Twitter: @chblm

    Is the Manchester Evening News still a newspaper? I only ask because I don't think Paul Gallagher - talking to news:rewired on Skype from Manchester - mentioned anything about a newspaper. He's head of online at the paper and his presentation made clear that the Manchester Evening News is no l...

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  4. is a journalism lecturer and former broadcast producer and director. Twitter: @johnmair100

    Flight BW 523 came to a screeching halt beyond the end of the runway at Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Guyana, at 1.32am. It broke in two. The pictures tell the story. But all 163 passengers and five crew escaped largely unharmed in this 'miracle'. Just three are still hospitalised. T...

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  5. is a journalism lecturer and former broadcast producer and director. Twitter: @johnmair100

    Big question that. I started wondering during a recent tour of the stunning new BBC W1 building conducted by the affable Andy Griffee, the BBC Director of W1. The new newsroom is certainly shaping up, and the first journalists should arrive towards the end of the year. In 18 months, there ...

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  6. edits this blog. Twitter: @chblm

    It sounded like a neologism that could become common currency in the debate about technology's impact on news, jobs and institutions: "parajournalism". It fell from the lips of Kevin Marsh, creator of this website and its editor until he left the BBC last week. He was referring to the plethor...

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  7. Last Saturday night I got a Facebook message from a writer living in the North of England. He gave me the number of a contact in Benghazi and asked me to make use of it to help get word out of Libya at the height of the violence, or to pass it on. I am a freelance journalist but not a workada...

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  8. is a journalism lecturer and former broadcast producer and director. Twitter: @johnmair100

    After my experiences at the Society of Editors in Glasgow, the Coventry Conversations/BBC College of Journalism Face the Future: Tools for the Media Future conference last week was a refreshing change, and felt like the right direction of travel. Many of the big beasts were there in person or ...

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  9. A model's emerging for what form future local TV might take, if the UK Government decides it's worth going ahead with it. The Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, will speak at the Royal Television Society conference, and is expected to say that an expansion of super-fast broadband will help encourage enterprises such as Witney TV. Run by four enthusiasts, the West Oxfordshire internet-based video news service started life as a sort of parish magazine on the web. But it came to prominence when one of its enthusiastic citizen journalists scooped an interview with BBC Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson. Hunt was being interviewed by John Humphrys about the Coalition's plans for the future of media - and in particular media ownership - in the UK. The question of whether local TV could be profitable, regardless of which platform it uses, is in dispute. Jeremy Hunt agreed that advertising alone isn't going to generate sufficient income, and goes on to tell Humphrys: "Yesterday I met Jeff Bewkes, the chief executive of Time Warner, and he said that in the US his TV channels only get 50% of their revenue from advertising. They get a lot of it from the fees they receive from cable companies." A lot of income to local TV companies in other countries comes from local sporting rights ... and there is a whole local advertising and support market that we haven't developed in this country at all ... and what we want to do is to try and liberalise the market to allow those possibilities to emerge, to try and get a much stronger local voice in our broadcasting sector." Jeremy Hunt has set up an advisory panel to look into ways of establishing a new generation of grassroots TV stations.

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  10. specialises in smartphone reporting for the BBC Academy

    It's almost certain to be within a metre of you right now, and it's more likely than not that you left it on while you slept last night.  Those are just two nuggets of information I've come across while working at the College of Journalism on a project designed to raise journalists' awareness ...

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