Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from journalist and designer Martin Belam covering journalism, media and technology. It is also available as a frequently badly-formatted email. “It’s not just teenagers. Chase Haverick, a 30-year-old development communications manager…

“That’s the wrong bloody TARDIS mate!”

Always good to be reminded how niche your specialist knowledge is. On Wednesday morning in the Guardian we had a spread looking at who might be the next Doctor Who, illustrated with a picture of the TARDIS. But not Peter…

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Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from journalist and designer Martin Belam covering journalism, media and technology. “The new rules more explicitly restrict publishers from posting questionable pictures on Discover that do not have news or editorial…

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Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from journalist and designer Martin Belam covering journalism, media and technology. Some dreadful news that my friend and former colleague at both the BBC and the Guardian Joanna Witt died suddenly…

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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…

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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…

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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…