Weekend reading: Five blog posts from the last seven days

1. Getting to grips with RSS I argued a couple of weeks ago that there is arguably the most powerful tool the internet has provided journalism to date. This post from 10,000 Words provides a great place to start getting to grips with it – if you haven’t already. 2. What Does Hyperlocal mean? ToContinue reading “Weekend reading: Five blog posts from the last seven days”

FOI Friday: 10 things discovered this week thanks to Freedom of Information

From 99-year-olds being suspected of burglaries to finding out what sort of crimes are committed in mental hospitals – a trawl through Google News for this week’s FOI-inspired stories made for quite grim reading at first. But there’s also the curious case of a council which underestimated the cost of bookmarks with the faces ofContinue reading “FOI Friday: 10 things discovered this week thanks to Freedom of Information”

A tale of three headlines – and why SEO isn’t killing headline writing

“The internet” is accused of killing many things: Newspapers, the Royal Mail, book shops, the music industry – you get my drift. And to that list of well-known complaints add this one from some prin journalists: “The internet is killing headline writing.” That was basically the point made by columnist Maxwell Cooter in the latestContinue reading “A tale of three headlines – and why SEO isn’t killing headline writing”

Weekend reading: Five great blog posts I’ve read this week

People will use the news which finds them From the Nieman Journalism Lab, a brilliant look at how news consumption has changed – and why news organisations need to pay attention Free e-book: Advice for multimedia journalists Any journalists looking to get on with multimedia should start here – a great guide from journalist AdamContinue reading “Weekend reading: Five great blog posts I’ve read this week”

FOI Friday: Ten things we’ve learnt thanks to the Freedom of Information Act this week

Here’s this week’s round-up of stories which have made the regional press thanks to clever use of the Freedom of Information Act. Highlights this week include rich dentists, councils earning money from sunbeds, released murderers and two old favourites: stolen data and the odd use of anti-terrorist legislation…

What’s the value of a first person piece in an online world?

About a fortnight ago,  Jo Wadsworth blogged about some of the age-old traditions in newsrooms, one of which was the old ritual of making the trainee reporter dress up or do something stupid “for the sake of a good read.” Anyone who has progressed through the ranks of a newspaper will know what I’m talkingContinue reading “What’s the value of a first person piece in an online world?”

10 alternative rules for journalists covering magistrates court

Every trainee journalist has the principles of covering magistrates courts drummed into them from early point in their career. And when the issue of hyperlocal websites v traditional media raises its head, one of the issues which regularly comes up is “But will these hyperlocal sites cover courts?” The answer, at the moment, is thatContinue reading “10 alternative rules for journalists covering magistrates court”

FOI Friday: 10 things we’ve discovered this week thanks to the Freedom of Information Act

Private healthcare costs, the burden to taxpayers of a free lunch, convicted teachers carrying on at schools and the number of cases of children being injured or dying while known to social services – just some of the subject matters covered by Freedom of Information requests reported this week. As I said last week, theContinue reading “FOI Friday: 10 things we’ve discovered this week thanks to the Freedom of Information Act”

Weekend reading: Five great blog posts I’ve read this week

Freedom of Information Act tips from David Ottewell The Manchester Evening News’s political reporter has produced a indepth guide to FOI. The 50 most annoying things about the internet Great piece from the Daily Telegraph website – and something which should be referred to whenever web editors are coming up with news ideas for theirContinue reading “Weekend reading: Five great blog posts I’ve read this week”