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  • 25 Apr 06, 12:08 PM

Alfred Hermida is technology editor of the BBC News website. As a pioneer in online journalism, he was a founding member of the news site set up in 1997.

Alfred has worked as a journalist for the BBC for 16 years, starting out as a news trainee.

After spending time at the TV newsroom, World Service and Westminster, he headed abroad to Tunisia and Egypt.

He spent four years as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East for the BBC, covering military coups, presidential assassinations and the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

On his return to London, Alfred worked on BBC World TV before his interest in the internet led him to the BBC News website. He was part of the team that set up the award-winning website in 1997, steering daily news coverage as day editor.

In 2001, he launched a dedicated technology section at the BBC News site, combining his passion for the web and for new media.

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  • 1.
  • At 04:33 PM on 02 May 2006,
  • Ls wrote:

I refuse to buy daily papers and I don't watch the news unless it's for my work. News overload is everywhere and most new stories are non-stories. I find them depressing and uninformative. The funny thing is that the media seem to all run the same non-stories; they all go for the same things. The stories are all treated in the same superficial way whether it's in a broadsheet or tabloid, it’s all quantity over quality. The media should take a step back and reflect: is a 24h news channel with the same news over and over again what people really need/want? What about covering some interesting topics more in-depth and what about something controversial like more ‘positive’ stories? I occasionally read weeklies (Economist) or monthlies but actually if I want to be well informed on a topic I just buy a book. I think the media is trying to make us believe we need them 24h/day. But we don’t or do we? Before you reply think about when you go away on holiday and you had no news for days, you usually come back and realise that actually nothing has happened while you were away.

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  • 2.
  • At 08:49 PM on 02 May 2006,
  • Juri wrote:

I think that you should become more precise about what you mean by nothing really happened. Basically I do agree that despite being someone who likes reading newspapers and magazines I am often bored by the most articles. Usually only the really elaborate and creative ones attract my attention. Still even things which seem to be not that important like an explosion in a house (which does not belong to you) have to be reported.
People only get the impression that nothing really happened when they are not directly concerned. Imagine you are on vacation for about two weeks. Meanwhile some three hundred miles away from you home there is an explosion destroying three houses. Now imagine that one of this houses was yours. Would you still say that nothing happened? Certainly nowadays we have to learn to filter media for ourselves deciding what we deem necessary to know and what not. Obviously there is nobody who can make use of all the information displayed on 24h news channel. Everybody just picks out the piece of information he or she wants. Someone pays closer attention to the business world another person is interested in weather and others rely on the latest news on insurgents’ attacks in Nigeria.

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  • 3.
  • At 01:25 AM on 03 May 2006,
  • Parag Kapoor wrote:

I believe that Media has become an integral part of today's life. LIve reporting has changed like never before. Vierews and listeners are hungry for news which is evident from the fact that numerous News channels are mushrooming all over the world, for example in India which is one of the strongest growing economies in the world today there is an ever increase demand of more and more news oriented shows and channels with a population which is second largest in the world. Media lives with people and Journalists sometimes risk their lives to capture that intense moment by being at the right place at the right time.
People have always had diverse opinions and if today they blame media for selective coverage tomorrow the same people will appreciate its reporting. Community needs to honour all those thousands of journalists who toil and endanger their lives so that people can have it before them before their bed-tea, all thas has happened.

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  • At 08:20 AM on 03 May 2006,
  • Hossein Derakhshan wrote:

Hi Alfred. Good idea to cover the We Media conference.

Just wondering how can I reach you by email.

Thank you.

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