GottaMUSTabsolutely HAStobeLIVE!!

Oct
21
Lorna?

The BBC's obsession with LIVE reporting plumbed an amusing new nadir of absurdity last night. Scotland Correspondent Lorna Gordon travelled from her base at Pacific Quay in Glasgow to the banks of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders to cue in a report about Norwegian salmon rivers that are infected with bacteria. The connection to Scotland? Well Scottish rivers have salmon too, silly head.

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Clever Amoebae?

Oct
20

With occasional exceptions, British journalism is not at its best when reporting science. Usually we ignore it. When we pay attention we have a tradition of laziness and misunderstanding that too often leads to entirely deliberate hyperbole

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Capa the great

Oct
17

CapaThe work of photojournalist Robert Capa will doubtless crop up in several modules during the course of the undergraduate degree, so here's a little taster courtesy of the BBC News web site. It's an audio slideshow featuring an exhibition of Capa's work that is opening at the Barbican. Worth a visit just for his extraordinary pictures of the D-Day Landings.

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Panorama provides financial insight

Oct
16

The UK economy has continued to decline, with the FTSE 100 Index dropping by 5.7%, as world markets fell sharply.

According to a special live BBC Panorama program on Thursday evening, Government Debt has risen to £684bn, and will continue to rise at a staggering £80,000 per minute. 

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Mail's Madge change

Oct
16

The Sun's Madonna scoop yesterday led conference into a discussion about change pages, when newspapers rush to change their editions printed later in the evening after they've been outscooped by a rival's first edition.

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The killing of Anna Politkovskaya

Oct
15

Anna PolitkovskayaRussian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was killed two years ago this month, and today the trial of the three men accused of her murder begins in a Moscow military court. I was fortunate enough to interview this fearless, understated woman for Press Gazette a couple of years before she died (you can read it here). She recounted "stories so horrific that one’s hand refused to jot them down” of the appalling treatment that she witnessed of civilians in Chechnya by the Russian military - treatment of which she had first hand experience.

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Fires, Flying Roofs and Windburned roses

Oct
14

A very British look at the weather on the anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987

By Students at the Centre for Journalism

‘It was one of the busiest police nights of the decade,' recalls Nigel Newbury, police sergeant working in Land's End on the night of the Great Storm. ‘The phone didn't stop ringing all night.' Nigel Newbury, now retired, says the most memorable part of the night was, ‘when a telegraph pole came down and set fire to a manor house that had been converted into flats.'

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McGuinness' Magic Video Tips and Tricks

Oct
13

In Monday's lesson I was picked at random to provide you with some tips for shooting video (no pressure there then). So here are my tips and rules to help you get that perfect interview or shot.

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The 'tipping point' for American journalism

Oct
13

We are witnessing a tipping point in American journalism in which the balance of power is tilting decisively towards new media, Financial Times editor Lionel Barber writes today. In particular the 2008 presidential debate - already dubbed the YouTube election - has "revolutionised the terms of political engagement", he says, as the mainstream media's imperial status has been shaken.

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Is it time to head for the hills?

Oct
13

chicken In my local bookshop this weekend I overheard a customer asking the owner whether she had any books on chicken-keeping. She replied that he was the fourth person in a week to ask and wondered if such thoughts of self sufficiency were a sign of the times.

Similarly in my garden centre there has been a run on logs: fears of the imminent collapse of our food distribution and energy provision systems are evidently causing the good folk of East Kent to ponder survival strategies.

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