“Alright, grandad” – Private Eye cartoon has a pop at modern social media journalism

“Alright, grandad” – Private Eye cartoon has a pop at modern social media journalism

I saw this on Twitter from Private Eye and it irked me so I copied it out and wrote about it. 1) There was never a golden age where everybody rocked straight out of journalism school and immediately got put…

“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…

“The ethics of live online video” – notes from a panel session at #ijf17

I’ve been at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, and here are my notes on a panel session entitled “The ethics of live video” featuring Mark Frankel, Joanna Geary, Ben de Pear and Mandy Jenkins. The session was moderated by…

“How do Le Monde do Snapchat Discover?” – Jean-Guillaume Santi explains at #ijf17

I’m at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, and this is a guest post from Beth Ashton, who is Head of audience at the Manchester Evening News. These are her notes from a session entitled “How Le Monde reports the…

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…