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Graham Holliday

lives in Africa and is a foreign correspondent, photojournalist, lecturer and BBC journalism trainer. Twitter: @noodlepie

Blog posts in total 8


  1. How journalism gave a voice to indigenous communities

    After 20 years working in TV, Ivo Burum wanted to teach people how to create their own content.

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  2. How about a newspaper that lets the readers broadcast back?

    Imagine a newspaper that talks back to you. A newspaper, on actual paper, that allows you to 'broadcast' content back to the publisher.

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  3. Kony 2012: 80m views, but Africans ask 'why are we talking about this?'

    It's not supposed to work this way. Conventional wisdom says viral videos are less than three minutes long, sometimes less than a minute (averaging 1 minute 42 seconds apparently). Thirty-minute videos aren't designed for the attention-deficit internet audience. Until, that is, a video pro...

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  4. How to get started as a freelance foreign correspondent

    It's unavoidable. The first year or two of any freelance journalist's life abroad is spent pitching. But things have changed since I started out in the 1990s. Today's wannabe foreign correspondents have to pitch by day, blog by night, and tweet whenever and wherever a story breaks. Some do it all very well. And they find time to do the day job. Take a look at Iona Craig in Yemen and Rob Crilly in Pakistan. It's with these various changes in mind, and the need these days for independent journalists to have a brand, that I put together the presentation below for the Frontline Club discussion about going solo as a foreign correspondent. It's based upon the Kigaliwire blog I created when I moved to Rwanda in August 2009. I've never faced a bullet or worked in a conflict zone, but foreign correspondence is not all about danger. I hope this presentation gives wannabes some solid ideas about how to go about getting started. It's not all plain sailing and things will and do go wrong, but at least they will go interestingly wrong. Frontline Club - solo foreign correspondent View more documents from Graham Holliday. Graham Holliday (@noodlepie) is a foreign correspondent, photojournalist, university lecturer and BBC journalism trainer. He has worked on blogs, social media and citizen journalism projects since 2002.

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  5. Social Media Summit report: changing the culture of journalism

    Social media: the key cultural problems that were identified were associated with ingrained attitudes and technological limitations.

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  6. #bbcsms: Session report - Changing the culture of journalism

    The first day of the BBC Social Media Summit (#bbcsms) discussed changes to journalistic culture. Graham Holliday reports: A number of cultural challenges in the adoption and use of social media came up in discussion on day one of #bbcsms on Thursday. Interestingly, none were directly related ...

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  7. The journalist's online toolkit

    With just a few tools and minimum extra effort, the foreign correspondent of 2010 can appeal to multiple audiences, across multiple outlets, simultaneously and work with greater efficiency than ever before. As foreign correspondent Harriet Sherwood pointed out earlier this week, you might be i...

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  8. The right kit for the new journalism in Africa

    It's all in the preparation. There's nothing worse than running out of power in a place where there is none. The night before I travelled to Rubona, 35km east of the Rwandan capital Kigali, to observe a pilot project aimed at bringing the World Cup to rural Rwanda, I made sure of three things:...

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