A screenshot blast from the past

I was literally just scrabbling around looking for any old USB memory stick, and came across one which contained a screenshot of my old blog from a mere 12-and-a-half years ago. Yep, some long-time readers might just dimly remember when…

My name is Martin Belam and I’m about to become Social & New Formats Editor at the Guardian and you might be thinking “Who is this bozo and what the hell is that all about” So, by way of a…

I’m (re)joining the Guardian

New year. New job. I’m delighted to say I will be joining The Guardian in London as Social & New Formats Editor in February. I’ve had an enjoyable few months working as a consultant with people include the lovely Storythings…

Polls, polls, lov-er-ly polls

One of the stories to come out of the 2015 General Election was how wrong the polling was in advance, and since then pollsters have been investigating how it went wrong: “This week’s Polling Inquiry — what you need to know in…

From Zürich with multimedia love

I’ve been in Zürich, talking to people at SRF about multimedia story-telling. One thing I’ve picked up during the day is this storytelling tool from MAZ.ch. It’s an interesting way for journalists who maybe don’t have the web as their…

As you may be aware, I’ve been experimenting with publishing Friday Reading on Medium rather than on martinbelam.com – cue massive debate about hosting your own content vs better distribution etc etc. Anyway, I’ve been pleased with how that has…

Friday Reading has moved

Sorry if you were expecting to find it on my blog or delivered straight to your email box. I’m trying an experiment with publishing Friday Reading on Medium – so you can get the latest episode over there. It features…

Friday Reading S02E16

It’s Friday reading! Which definitely hasn’t been banned from speaking from anywhere for being an unredeemable [REDACTED BY LAWYER] Shameless self-promotion corner I’m on the New Statesman website explaining why “I’m a Europhile, but I’m thinking about voting for the…

Friday Reading S02E15

It’s Friday and so as usual I have rounded up some articles I read (or re-read) on the internet this week, and I present them to you in a list so that you too may partake of their goodness if…

6 lightning talks at the #dareconfparty

Last night I was at the Dare Conference Party, a sort of taster menu of Lightning Talks sandwiched in between the two main days of the Dare Conference. And here are my notes from the talks… “3 things that unexpectedly…