Tone deaf Diana wails yet wows

Nov
23

Many thought Jon Anderson, Morrissey, Patrick Stump and Susanna Hoffs were bad - and they weren't even competing on a talent show. They were just performing to their abilities (or lack of them) for the joy of it.

Now it seems people like singer Diana Vickers, via a highly commercial enterprise, are succeeding through image and "originality" instead. Not that many celebrities don't, because that is there role. But, the realisation that talent is being utterly destroyed by entertainment is grossly apparent.

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Is she right for the job?

Nov
21

Times columnist Bronwen Maddox has stated that she does not think Hillary Clinton would be Obama's best option for the US Secretary of State, as he would never be able to get rid of her.

Clinton's knowledge of foreign policy and her ability to perform in the position are not what is being called into question in this case, rather the problem is that the pair have very different views and although her experience as a Senator in New York makes her more than capable, she would not actually assist Obama as president.

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Book for the essay

Nov
20

There's a new book out about foreign correspondents during the Spanish Civil War called We Saw Spain Die by Paul Preston, I'm going to get a copy and anyone is welcome to borrow it. It's got good reviews from what I can see.

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More on ePaper: CNN video

Nov
20

Two reasons for checking out this video from CNN. One is for an update on developments in epaper that might ultimately have some impact on the newspaper trade. The other is the ludicrously overblown reporting style that horribly blurs the distinction between journalism and PR. Still, at least he's written to the pictures in his intro...

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"Australia": will it work?

Nov
18

Australia appears to be struggling to boost its tourism industry, as it was announced on the BBC Radio4 Today Programme this morning that the country's tourism board is set to release an epic romance featuring two of the nation's most famous actors.

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Is John Sergeant Journalism's New Talent Magnet?

Nov
18

I am old enough to remember John Sergeant as a formidable political editor who knew his subject intimately and shared his wisdom generously. Nick Hopkins of the Guardian thinks he will be remembered for performances only slightly less agile than his microphone handling on the day Lady Thatcher failed to win the first round of the 1990 Conservative leadership ballot.

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I have been shot more times than I have been credited by the BBC

Nov
17

We talked a few weeks ago about how one Frontline News cameraman, Peter Jouvenal, failed to get the credit for his footage from the fall of Kabul and missed out on an Emmy award.

The other surviving Frontline founder member, Vaughan Smith, wrote this piece in today's Guardian on the same theme.

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This week's web editor is...

Nov
17

I forgot to draw the new web editor in this morning's lecture, so I can now exclusively reveal that the Random Gods of Journalism have chosen...

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Max Mosley Strikes Back

Nov
13

Paul Dacre had his say at the Society of Editors Conference. Now Max Mosley, the man whose sex life Mr Dacre considers a legitimate topic for newspaper reporting and condemnation, has retaliated in the Guardian. Does Max have a point?

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'Versioning' for TV and radio

Nov
11

In his Centre for Journalism masterclass yesterday, BBC World Affairs correspondent Allan Little explained how 'version' had become a verb for news reporters - as in, "Can you version that TV report for radio?" I thought an example would be in order, so here are two versions of Jeremy Bowen's reports from the Middle East yesterday.

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