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 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"
This is, more or less, the text of my presentation to the news:rewired conference at Microsoft HQ in London today. UPDATE: The BBC College of Journalism has posted video of my talk. Maybe journalists shouldn’t tell stories so much. Stories can be a great way of transmitting understanding about things that have happened. The trouble […]Read more "Stop Telling Stories"
Comedy gold. In anticipation of this documentary and ensuing flame-wars, the head of communications for BBC Worldwide, Phil Fleming, has announced that the BBC’s own games are “absolutely not addictive”. Fleming suggested the firm’s own game output is completely safe in the hands of minors. “The games that we do are family-based, they’re not about […]Read more "Update: BBC Video Games “Not Addictive”"
Yesterday evening the BBC Halo team had its second official inter-company match. Edge won, with a score of 7 to 3. Their prize will be The Shards – we’ll be crushing an Xbox controller and mailing them its remains in a jar. It’s their prize for a game well played. I’ll be sure to post […]Read more "BBC vs. Edge: the Results"
Next Tuesday night, all the chips are down. The BBC Halo team will face Edge magazine in an evening 8-on-8 game series. This all started with a challenge a couple of weeks ago: Sure enough, we found a willing partner. Edge has picked up the gauntlet: The team is getting psyched, and Edge’s Twitter feed, […]Read more "Halo – It’s the New Golf"
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"
Off the back of Adrian Hon’s excellent post on the Death of the BBC and the case for public service games, I’ve been taken up in discussions with a couple of work colleagues about whether the BBC should make games at all. Some say that the BBC shouldn’t get into gaming, because then it would […]Read more "Should the BBC make games?"
I spent a lot of today in Stories From Numbers, a day of talking about data-driven journalism and linked data from the BBC’s Future Now project. It was a dense day full of interesting talks. Here’s one of the highlights. More or Less Richard Vadon, Richard Knight and Olly Hawkins are from the team at […]Read more "Stories From Numbers"