Politics holiday reading

Dec
09

Several of you have asked whether there is any recommended reading you can do over the holidays for next term's politics course. 

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Why subs matter

Dec
09

Following this week's exercise in sub-editing, I discovered this clever tribute to the art from the Washington Post. It's by Pulitzer-winning writer Gene Weingarten, and praises the newspaper industry's copy editors (the US term for subs) by demonstrating the sort of nonsense we might have to read if they didn't exist. See how many of the 57 errors you can pick up.

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Volksjournalismus

Dec
08

No, the headline is not simply to make Laura feel more at home. This is the German term for citizen journalism, which is being pushed by the country's biggest-selling newspaper in an intriguing way.

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Matt's got rhythym

Dec
04

This is Matt Frei's prose poem on the financial cataclysm. I think this is wonderful writing to pictures, and both words and pictures have great rhythym: "the SUV, the large TV". Also, Frei is good with pauses: he lets the pictures breathe. Wonderful.
Scroll down on this page to "Rotten Roots of the Crunch" to locate this clip

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Ian Reeves regrets...

Dec
04

... that I can't be with you in person this morning as I'm at a
conference. Instead, here's a dodgy webcam video explaining what you
need to do. Maybe someone could spark up the old projector and play it out from the teaching computer.

video: 
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BBC World Service Impartiality

Dec
04

Journalists who work abroad for the BBC become accustomed to fielding accusations of bias. They are particularly common in areas of former British Imperial power, and they are often reinforced by the accusation that BBC World Service is directly funded by the government. The problem is that some of it is. 

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The power of Photoshop

Dec
02

For those of you still not convinced by the wonders of Photoshop - check this out. 

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Cultural cretin?

Dec
02

You know you're out of cultural touch when you don't recognise two out of the Top Ten most popular internet search terms for the last 12 months. And I have to admit I'm a little hazy on who exactly Jessica Alba is too...

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Who killed Woolworths?

Dec
01

 

There must be something special about Woolworths. At least that is what I am being told and, since I somehow managed to live through a childhood deprived of "pic'n'mix" and the likes, I can only guess what it is that turns the closure of a store chain into something of a national tragedy.

It is a busy Tuesday morning in Woolworths' Chatham branch and the shop's aisles are buzzing with customers in search of a Christmas bargain, with at least a dozen queuing at the tills, their arms heavy with sweets and toys.

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Employees kept in the dark as Woolworths is set to crash

Dec
01

Elderly women potter about the store with their granny-bags, a young boy drags a toy helicopter along the floor behind him and the workers bustle around filling the shelves. This was the scene at Twydall Woolworths as it faces its hardest time yet.

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