Asking people to submit stories is not the local newspocalypse

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…

Journalists need systems and training to help them fight online abuse

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…

Yes, Trump’s tweets are a distraction – but one people clearly want to read

Yes, Trump’s tweets are a distraction – but one people clearly want to read

I have some sympathy with the view that Donald Trump uses his Twitter account to the do the “dead cat strategy” of distracting people and the media from more important issues. I think it is important that the media hold…

“Elegant Tools” with Facebook, GDS, Orange and OpenIdeo

“Elegant Tools” with Facebook, GDS, Orange and OpenIdeo

Last night I went to an event called “Elegant Tools” which was hosted by Facebook in the swanky surrounds of the St Pancras Renaissance, which was also once the location for a great episode of Most Haunted. The evening was…

There is so much more to having a successful article online than just pressing publish

I wrote yesterday about “8 things we learned covering #GE2015 for Ampp3d & UsVsTh3m” and my friend/former colleague/drinking partner/fellow Doctor Who fan/beard rival Richard Beech chipped in with another couple in a blog post on the blog that he said…

“What makes video go viral in emerging markets?” – Cat Jones at #qznextbillion

“What makes video go viral in emerging markets?” – Cat Jones at #qznextbillion

I’m spending the day at Quartz’s event “The Next Billion”. Here are my notes from the talk by Cat Jones, looking at viral video. “What makes video go viral in emerging markets?” – Cat Jones Cat Jones is Product Director…

Exclusive bropinion: A man has thinks

I realise that writing this blog post makes me a hypocrite and part of the problem, but tough. I’ve drafted it enough times in my head that not publishing it will make me explode. Men, on the whole, you are…

Why I’ve found that online communities on media sites always seem doomed to fail

Why I’ve found that online communities on media sites always seem doomed to fail

I’ve spent a long time over the years working at media companies and specifically around the software and design that supports commenting and forums. Having watched the Guardian close the “You Tell Us” thread last week, I thought I might…

2 reasons journalism continues to have a dysfunctional relationship with Facebook

Mary Hamilton wrote this week “No, good content is not enough for Facebook success”, responding to what Liz Heron had said at a recent conference. Mary’s argument is that Facebook are being misleading when they tell news organisations that making…

9 things news organisations could learn about social media from “Martin Belam’s joke” on Twitter

9 things news organisations could learn about social media from “Martin Belam’s joke” on Twitter

Nah, not really.