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"
I believe WikiLeaks made a mistake in releasing the diplomatic cables the way they did. But the combined US response has been positively frightening. I can imagine Assange’s position a few weeks ago, before the diplomatic cables went live. Assange was in charge of an up-and-coming website that had broken several important news stories. He […]Read more "WikiLeaks – Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right"
Paywalls. Go on, say it. Let the word roll around your tongue. Pay. Walls. . . . They’re evil, right? Keeping the public out, killing openness, dooming your general-interest online publication to irrelevance. Oh, the New York Times tried it in the 90’s, and they came grovelling back. Any generalist website that goes this way […]Read more "news:rewired – We need to talk about paywalls"
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"
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"
Yesterday I spent the morning hanging out in a nightclub, talking about the Future of Journalism™. It was a part of Open 09, a creativity and innovation event organised by the good people at UCLAN in Preston. Talk about the future of journalism usually seems to revolve around a few big questions: 1. How do […]Read more "Journalism by Any Means Necessary – OPEN ’09"
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"
Saturday night I was at a house party in Brixton. I only knew the host, so between nacho-scoops of guacamole, I found myself repeating the opening gambit of ‘The Party Conversation’ (TM) several times. “Hi, I’m Philip,” I’d say, extending my hand. Handshake. “I’m Melanie. Hi.” “Nice to meet you.” “So, Philip, what do you […]Read more "I’m a Game Designer, Dammit."
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"
Six Days in Fallujah, which I wrote about before, is still alive and kicking, despite fierce opposition and lack of a publisher. Its opponents say its very existence as a game belittles the sacrifice of those who died there. Its supporters say it’s an honest record of the battle. It should be published. Then we […]Read more "Six Days in Fallujah and the Dirty ‘G’ Word"