[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"
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"
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"