Today the Guardian launches a new participative journalism platform, Guardian Witness. Like CNN’s iReport, or pure-play citizen journalism outfits like Citizenside, Guardian Witness allows news readers to become contributors and participate in the making of the news. It’s already getting lots of reactions online. So – will it work? 1. Experience The Guardian has form […]Read more "Six reasons Guardian Witness will sink or swim"
My first job when I moved to the UK was as a receptionist at a TV production company in Kentish town. (Well, I was actually hired to move in furniture, but worked up to answering the phones.) The boss there was an energetic, garrulous guy named Ian. He could spin off a dozen concepts for […]Read more "The Great British Class Survey rides at last"
I just got contacted by a young journalist I met while working at Citizenside. She’s graduated from a good journalism school, and is now working for a local radio station – for free – while living with her parents, trying to find a steady job in journalism. Here’s my advice to her. Sounds like you’re […]Read more "Traditional journalism is being crushed: letter to a young journalist"
It’s official: I’m leaving Citizenside to take on a post as Account Director at Edelman Digital. There I’ll be designing interactive communications strategy and working up crisis response scenarios, as well as a whole bunch of other fascinating stuff. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in. It seems like interesting times at Edelman. The […]Read more "New Horizons"
The rise of social media has obliterated barriers to entry for the media industries. Advanced capabilities once reserved for well-funded teams with expensive equipment are now more or less universally accessible. At this very moment, thousands of people with nothing more than a smartphone and mobile signal are publishing newsworthy photos and videos online. Coping […]Read more "Four reasons game dynamics are vital for networked journalism"
[I’m at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia. This post is cross-posted from the Citizenside blog] The task of foreign reporting is changing profoundly. Thanks to social media channels, readers from Ohio to Osaka can get information straight from the source in other countries. So do we still need foreign correspondents? Richard Sambrook, formerly head […]Read more "From hunter-gatherer to farmer: evolution of the foreign correspondent"
A few days ago, I wrote to my MP, Greg Hands, because I’m concerned about the Digital Economy Bill. This bill may soon be passed into law here in the UK. Both as a professional and a citizen, I find its implications disturbing. It would allow people to be cut off from the internet merely […]Read more "Digital Economy Bill – Greg Hands Responds"