It’s official – I’m the new Editor in Chief of Citizenside. There’s even a press release, if you’re into that sort of thing. Citizenside is a Paris-based startup that has become one of the world’s largest citizen journalism agencies. The concept is simple: now that many people carry a phone capable of taking photos and […]Read more "Hello Citizenside"
It has begun. After over a year in the making, last week we launched the Great British Class Survey for the BBC. The response has been excellent. It’s already the biggest investigation into class ever performed anywhere in the world, by a huge margin. The survey is the first stage of Britain’s Real Class System, […]Read more "Journalism Without Story: Uncovering Britain’s Real Class System"
Every year, the Knight Foundation drops millions of dollars on projects that will change the way the news is made. With that kind of money on the line, competition is fierce. Only 12 projects got a grant, out of 2,400 applicants. They’ve just announced their 2010 crop of winners, and there are a couple of […]Read more "2.74 Million Reasons the News is Changing"
This week, I’ve been helping Watchdog, the BBC’s consumer affairs show, start a Twitter feed. Last night was the first broadcast of the new series. We were tweeting in the lead-up to the show, and during the live broadcast. I even ended up on TV – sitting in the background with a studio laptop, working […]Read more "Bringing BBC Watchdog to Twitter"
Whew, it’s done. Hive Mind Challenge 1.0 has come and gone like a whirlwind. You’ll remember that the Hive Mind Challenge is a game that Adrian Hon and I developed. It’s a cheating pub quiz – you’re allowed, and supposed, to use any means necessary to answer the questions. This includes searching the internet and […]Read more "Hive Mind Challenge: the Wrap Up"
What skills will journalists need in 2020? This was one of the questions we discussed on Monday morning at Open ’09. Will journalists need to know how to code HTML? To shoot and edit video for the web? To write stories in 140 characters? The more we talked, the more one simple answer coalesced in […]Read more "Journalists Need Collective Intelligence – OPEN ’09"
One evening a couple of weeks ago, my mate Neil called me. He wanted to know something specific: which of the Great Lakes drains through Niagara Falls? This isn’t usually the sort of thing he calls for, so I was a bit surprised. But it turned out that his girlfriend was at that very moment […]Read more "Hive Mind Challenge"
Ever find yourself checking your Facebook feed absent-mindedly, on the off chance that there might be something new and interesting there? Ever follow an eBay auction obsessively, or get a burst of happiness when someone gives you a high seller rating? Ever spend a day in anticipation, wondering how many views your YouTube video will […]Read more "Irresistible Online Journalism in One Diagram"
Are corporate websites a thing of the past? I don’t think so. But that’s the headline of a recent post by Robin Hamann of Headshift. Robin knows social media inside out. He used to be the BBC’s blogging guru (in fact, it was at one of his sessions that inspired me to start this blog […]Read more "Corporate Websites: Not Enough, but Not Irrellevant"
I was just on a panel presentation at Futuresonic’s Social Technology Summit in Manchester. The slides were a bit bare of text and we were short of time, so here’s everything I meant to say. Our panel was tasked with answering the question: “How can companies, creative producers and developers prepare for a digital economy?” […]Read more "Futuresonic 09 – Why we Must use Games for Good"