Looking into the crystal ball.

Jan
09

With all this talk of scholarships and job opportunities, it has got me thinking about what sort of job I want to have after completing this course. I've reached the same conclusion that I always do, the first thing I would like to try would be to work for a national daily newspaper. However, as has been brought up before, circulation figures are falling year on year, leading me to wonder if when we finally get out there, will there actually be any jobs left to have?

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Notebook Nonsense

Jan
08

It appears that today I have finally lost my sanity. Or is it still there, hiding under layers of Christmas chubbiness, and it is in fact just a couple of journalists making me frown?

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Modern day Domesday book

Jan
07

Being an Anthony Gormley fan, a snow-capped photograph of his "Angel of the North" sculpture averted my recently opened eyes and I hastily looked down to the text below it.

A website is trying to obtain a photograph for every square mile of the British Isles. The site recently received its millionth submission, with over 1000 a day since its creation. With only the remote parts of Scotland being un-captured, the creators are perhaps just moments away from achieving their seemingly impossible idea.

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Video journalism map

Jan
06

Press Gazette asked me to take look at the state of video journalism on regional newspaper web sites for a piece in its latest issue. (It ain't pretty, generally speaking - although I can't link to the piece directly because of PG's rather 1990s practice of not posting magazine content on its web site). To tie in with the piece, I've created an interactive Google map designed to highlight some of the good video stuff that's being produced by newspapers around the world.

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Gaza and herding tigers in dense fog

Jan
04

Finding thoughtful news about the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is harder than herding rabid tigers in dense fog. The temptation to give up is powerful, which is why many people in the UK imagine this is a simple case of good versus bad. A lesson I learned while working in the region is that some (not all) of the best commentary and analysis is written by journalists who live there. I turn to two English language titles in particular: the Lebanon Daily Star ( www.dailystar.com.lb ) and the Jerusalem Post ( www.jpost.com ).

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Anthr nw yr rslshn

Jan
03

Now that I am suitably recovered from the over-indulgence of the past two weeks, I have made a New Year resolution to provide you with some variation from the tedium of speed building and have now got as far as the second revision exercise covering Teeline B (see Module notes).

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New Year's Resolutions

Jan
01

On the table there is a large box of Thornton’s chocolates. Everyone knows I’m a chocoholic. In fact chocolate and a cup of tea is often my solution for life’s little problems. 

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Web overtakes paper in America

Dec
27

For the first time, a survey reveals, more Americans are consuming news online than in print.  The full story is on page 31 of the printed edition of this morning's Guardian. Of course, you can also read it online, but I'm going to break with tradition and not insert a link on this occasion. This gesture is not just one of solidarity with the many good journalists on both sides of the Atlantic who have lost their jobs in recent months. It is  a prelude to my 2009 campaign to make buying a daily newspaper as defining an expression of liberal virtue as opposing prejudice and defending the ozone layer.  The campaign ends when a clear economic model emerges that can pay for expensive foreign, investigative and analytical reporting from online revenues alone and without a penny of state or charitable subsidy.  

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Mice suspected in deadly cat fire

Dec
20

This is a story that made me laugh on Saturday. Nothing like a bit of irony to make you smile.

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Iraqi shoe guy: the latest

Dec
20

Truly, this is a story with legs. Also feet. And more seriously, the broken bones of the shoe-thrower. 

It is also the only story I can think of with an element of surreal silliness that involves George W Bush and the people of Iraq.

There are so many elements to savour it is hard to know where to start.

What about the supporter who wanted to put the shoes into a museum, only to find out that the shoes have been destroyed in the course of testing them for explosives?

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