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…

Friday Reading S05E03

Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from journalist and designer Martin Belam covering journalism, media and technology. I got to go to the Borderline Club today to see REM get interviewed about their “Out Of Time” album….

Friday Reading S05E02

Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from journalist and designer Martin Belam covering journalism, media and technology. That is guaranteed to be 100% free of that man…and is a bit short this week I helped launch our…

“It is happening again…” – BBC junking more Doctor Who

I’ve written for the Guardian today about the experience of watching “Power of the Daleks” as a massive, massive Doctor Who nerd who knew nothing about the story and was able to watch the new animation as if it was…

Friday Reading S05E01

Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from journalist and designer Martin Belam covering journalism, media and technology. That is now back on my own website instead of on Medium. Because reasons… Former colleague and inspirational figure Matt…

Which Doctor Who story will they animate next after “Power of the Daleks”?

This week I was lucky enough to be at the BBC’s press launch for the newly animated lost Doctor Who story “Power of the Daleks” Inevitable in the Q&A afterwards people’s thoughts turned towards whether they would animate another story…

I thought this was very enjoyable and perceptive from Benedict Evans last week – “Mobile, smartphones and hindsight” – and not just because it includes some glorious photos of mobile devices over the last 15 years. Ben argues that you…

Tech Weekly podcast about the future of mobile news

Just a short note that this week I have appeared on the Guardian’s Tech Weekly podcast, talking about mobile apps and the future of news.

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…