Friday Reading S06E01

Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from journalist and designer Martin Belam covering journalism, media and technology. “People often say that online behavior would improve if every comment system forced people to use their real names. It…

I interviewed Peter Capaldi for the Guardian and here’s the rest of the transcript…

Regular readers may know that I am slightly a fan of Doctor Who, so it has been a great pleasure over the last few weeks to have had the chance to both interview and meet Peter Capaldi as part of…

Friday Reading S05E06

Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from journalist and designer Martin Belam covering journalism, media and technology. Fascinating list of “52 things I learned in 2016” from the ever-interesting Tom Whitwell which includes some great business lessons…

Look, I enjoy laughing about “The War on Christmas” as much as anyone. Is anything funnier than knowing that you are annoying someone by wishing them a “Wonderful Winterval”? Or explaining that it is only because of political correctness that…

“Vinyl revival” stories are the worst fake news stories of all

This is a real bugbear of mine, but people keep writing about it, so I’m going to keep moaning about it. There’s another round this week of stories about “the vinyl revivial”, because apparently vinyl sales have out-stripped digital downloads…

Friday Reading S05E05

Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from journalist and designer Martin Belam covering journalism, media and technology. SHAMELESS MARKETING PLUG: My wife has a new business hand-making fancy dress outfits for kids. She’ll be selling them at…

Friday Reading S05E04

Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from journalist and designer Martin Belam covering journalism, media and technology. It sometimes comes out on a Sunday. My wife has started a business selling hand-made children’s fancy dress costumes and…

Asking people to submit stories is not the local newspocalypse

Lots of attention on social media today to this story: “Newsquest title asks readers to write and publish stories as part of ‘simplified’ news sharing process” Another nail in the cofffin for local news etc etc But is it? This…

Every journalist should read every word of this: “What I learned from seven years as the Guardian’s audience editor“

This is worth a read from my colleague Olivia Solon about being on the receiving end of abuse as a journalist: “A normalization of violence: how cyberbullying began and how to fight it” One of the things that fundamentally irks…