Turning RSS into a personal news wire: A how do I guide for journalists

Sunderland University were nice enough to invite me along to speak to a group of their second-year journalism students this week (I’m assuming they’d done something wrong so needed to be punished). One of the things I touched on during the session was the way the internet, and social media tools in particular, have revolutionisedContinue reading “Turning RSS into a personal news wire: A how do I guide for journalists”

Why should a journalism student blog?

At Sunderland University on Tuesday, I was speaking to a group of second year sports journalism students, and one of the things I covered was the sort of skills students should arm themselves with. I suggested one of the most valuable weapons to arm yourself with at a job interview was proof that you bloggedContinue reading “Why should a journalism student blog?”

FOI: Now even councils have to use it to get information from Government

On last week’s FOI Friday blog post, several of the the articles I highlighted had started life thanks for FOI requests made not by journalists but by councillors or MPs. Now it’s not new that the Tories and the Lib Dems have been used FOI to get information out of Government, and then released itContinue reading “FOI: Now even councils have to use it to get information from Government”

What can the news industry learn from the Meerkats?

Rupert Murdoch tells the world that Google should pay for the content it accesses from his websites. Google responds by saying it isn’t in the business of producing content, it’s just there to help people find it. And then the debate continues about who needs who more:  Do newspaper websites need Google to get anContinue reading “What can the news industry learn from the Meerkats?”

So, about picking the X Factor winner from search…

Ok, so I’m not sure where I’m going with this. A week ago, I decided to test out Bill Tancer’s theory that by monitoring search trends, you can determine who will win a talent contest (a televised one, of course) several weeks in advance. Of course, Bill has the benefit for all the Hitwise dataContinue reading “So, about picking the X Factor winner from search…”

FOI Friday: Ten things uncovered thanks to the Freedom of Information Act this week

In the “about” page of this blog, I alluded to the fact I wanted to look at the Freedom of Information Act. The main reason for this is that the FOI Act has been of massive use to me over the last few years – first as political reporter and chief reporter at the LancashireContinue reading “FOI Friday: Ten things uncovered thanks to the Freedom of Information Act this week”

Weekend reading: Five great blog posts I read this week

1. How to make an interactive geographical timeline using Google calendar and Yahoo Pipes Post from Kasper Sorensen on the Online Journalism Blog with a simple step-by-step guide to create something really effective with an ongoing, multiple location  news story. 2. Using charts to illustrate stories Post from Andy Dickinson looking at simple ways toContinue reading “Weekend reading: Five great blog posts I read this week”

Has Coveritlive changed online journalism for good?

(Updated Oct 15 to correct link to Manchester Evening News) On Saturday, I was at Manchester Piccadilly. Lots of police were around, asking questions of anyone under the age of 25. The English Defence League were in town, and with the EDL – there to “fight extreme Islam” – was Unite Against Facism, which wasContinue reading “Has Coveritlive changed online journalism for good?”

Seven common newsroom myths about online journalism

I was asked the other week by a journalism lecturer about how different I thought life was like for a journalist starting out in a newsroom now than one who started out, say, four years ago. In particular, this lecturer wanted to know what common misconceptions exist among people looking to get into journalism overContinue reading “Seven common newsroom myths about online journalism”

The X-Factor search experiment: Kandy Rain

On Thursday, in my first post on this blog, I explored the idea that by studying search trends you can pick an early winner of a a talent competition. This was based on the book “Click” I have been reading, by Bill Tancer of Hitwise. He demonstrated how it was obvious Mark Ramprakash was goingContinue reading “The X-Factor search experiment: Kandy Rain”