“You are part of our gang” – running news social media accounts during an election campaign

“You are part of our gang” – running news social media accounts during an election campaign

Having run social media accounts for both the Mirror and the Guardian during election and referendum campaigns, here’s a long rambling brain dump about the whole thing… I suppose one of the things that has driven my career over nearly…

“Did the British press cause Brexit?” – notes from a panel session at #ijf17

“Did the British press cause Brexit?” – notes from a panel session at #ijf17

I’ve been at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, where on a lovely sunny day in a beautiful Italian palazzo, several British journalists gathered to talk about #Brexit, and the role the British press had played in the Leave vote….

“How we got the final #Brexit poll wrong” – Ben Page of Ipsos Mori at #ijf17

I’m at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, and here are my notes from a session called “Pollsters or astrologists? The social role of opinion polls in politics” which featured Ben Page, the CEO Ipsos Mori “If I tell you…

‘Little c’ christmas is fine – it is ‘Big C’ Christmas that people fear disappearing

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…

Polls, polls, lov-er-ly polls

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…

“People are on social media, so do it on social media” – Buzzfeed’s Tom Phillips on #GE2015 at News Impact Summit London

Last week I was at the News Impact Summit London, and the first panel session was about coverage of the recent UK General Election, a subject rather dear to my heart. It featured Miranda Green, Buzzfeed’s Tom Phillips, ITV’s Jason…

“We put a lot of effort into designing #GE2015 for mobile” – the BBC’s Steve Herrmann at News Impact Summit

“We put a lot of effort into designing #GE2015 for mobile” – the BBC’s Steve Herrmann at News Impact Summit

Today I’ve been at the News Impact Summit London, and the first panel session was about coverage of the recent UK General Election, a subject rather dear to my heart. It featured Miranda Green, Buzzfeed’s Tom Phillips, ITV’s Jason Mills…

“We were all chasing this phantom story” – Miranda Green on #GE2015 at the News Impact Summit

Today I’ve been at the News Impact Summit London, and the first panel session was about coverage of the recent UK General Election, a subject rather dear to my heart. “I’d never seen so many shocked people across the country”…

Was Jack Of Kent right to break an embargo on Conservative Party plans for human rights legislation?

Was Jack Of Kent right to break an embargo on Conservative Party plans for human rights legislation?

The internet’s very own learned legal friend Jack Of Kent has caused a stir today by publishing detail about Conservative party strategy on human rights legislation that was embargoed. The Mail’s Political Editor – James Chapman – was particularly vexed,…

The growing disconnect between social media use and broadcast media convention on election days

I’ve absolutely loved being part of the Daily Mirror and Ampp3d’s coverage of the Scottish Independence Referendum. And right now, I’ve got quite a good few hours of coverage ahead of me still. As polls close, here’s some thoughts on…