Sunday, 12 September 2010

Future of the media: Newspaper sales in Ireland fall off a cliff


I've just returned from a fantastic driving holiday in the Republic of Ireland which, as you would expect, involved lots of driving.

The south west of Ireland was a place where I spent a fair few summer holidays as a child. I hadn't been there for some time and it hasn't changed a bit. Fantastic people, fantastic scenery and the Guinness really does taste better over there.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Twitter: Breaking news, aiding news

Here's an interesting story that's developing as I type.

Liverpool Echo, Liverpool Daily Post and Crosby Herald (all part of the Trinity Mirror Merseyside group) broke this morning that a man had been shot at traffic lights in Crosby last night.

Man shot dead at traffic lights in Crosby is reporter Lorna Hughes' breaking piece.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Breaking news and reader comments: Why The Guardian got it wrong ... this time

Today's horrific shooting rampage in Cumbria has again shown the power of the web for breaking news.

You don't want to hear me go on about how the internet has revolutionised how the journalist works when faced with those 'hold the front page' moments - but it's well worth taking a look how Cumbrian-based journalist Nick Turner has covered today's news on Twitter.

But one notable journalistic issue raised its head this afternoon.


Monday, 31 May 2010

The watchdog press: The Telegraph is right to expose MPs' expenses claims

A scrap has broken out at the Guardian. Ok, not a scrap, but a differing of opinion - come on, it is Bank Holiday Monday.

Guardian stablemates Roy Greenslade and Michael White are at odds when it comes to the validity of the Telegraph's exposé of (now former) Chief Secretary of the Treasury David Laws' expenses claims.

The 'cuts finder general', as he has been labelled, was revealed to have been claiming £950 a month which he was paying to his partner to rent a room at their shared home.  A total of more than £40,000.  Parliament's, albeit, convoluted expenses rules dictate that members cannot claim expenses for rent when living at a property shared with a spouse.


Sunday, 23 May 2010

Journalists – It's ok to show a little leg, but you don't have to turn to prostitution

The man from the Mirror's been at it again.

First he jettisons SEO (search engine optimisation), now he's equating modern day journalism with prostitution.

While I disagree with him on his anti-SEO stance, he really does have a point about the prostitution thing.


Monday, 10 May 2010

How Gordon Brown's resignation statement highlights the journalist's need to listen as well as 'tweet'


One of the downsides of the digital news revolution (if I can still call it that) is the all encompassing all out panic to get the news online first.

An example of this was evident today when Gordon Brown announced he was standing down as leader of the Labour party.

Although his statement was just a little over 4mins 30secs, confusion reigned during and immediately after the speech.


Monday, 12 April 2010

Apple iPad Review: The newspaper's saviour or just a babe magnet?

Today I had the pleasure of filming a review of Apple's iPad by none other than Mr Mac himself Don McAllister.

Don got his hands on the much heralded device while on holiday in America, way ahead of the UK release.  And yes, he even gave the staff of the Liverpool Daily Post and Liverpool Echo the chance to have a play - and that includes me!

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Tearing down the paywall: First UK news site pay-for-access experiment comes to an end

I've never been a fan of paywalls for news websites.  It's nothing more than desperate businesses attempting to impose a broken business model onto a new digital business.

Despite that, it was good to see a media company put its money where its mouth is when Johnston Press decided to tip its toes into paywall water with an experiment on a selection of its sites.

But Press Gazette has revealed that the experiment was being wound up early because of poor take up by readers.  Conclusive proof that paywalls don't work for regional/local news?


Friday, 2 April 2010

A question for BBC and Sky: When is sport news [and when is it not]?

I've been watching a fair bit of 24-hour news this week.  Well I've been off and the weather has been 24-hour news type weather.

Anyway, flicking between Sky News and the BBC News Channel, one question struck me.  Why does Sky News dedicate such a large portion of its time to sport when it has a 24-hour Sky Sports News Channel?

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Liverpool Party Central: bringing politics [and politicians] to the masses


Liverpool Daily Post and Liverpool Echo today launched a new website (or rather a network of websites) which is/are designed to bring politics back to the masses.

The aim behind Liverpool Party Central is to encourage engagement with politics and our politicians.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

mySociety brings democracy to the masses - go on, join the club


You may have noticed - we are entering election season.  The locals will be held on May 6 and the general no later than June 3.

So we will expect to see all the usual madcap electioneering from all the parties, with everything from demonic eyes to creaseless airbrushed brow. Cutting through the campaigning comedy capers are those developers with the beating hearts of journalists - mySociety.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Citizen journalism goes from light flurry to avalanche and the forecast is good ... very good


Fed up of the snow yet?  Yeah, me too.

But this current British cold snap just may well go a long way to thaw those anti-webbers' attitudes to digital - thanks to citizen journalism.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Journalism and the class divide - another nail in the newspaper's coffin?


The news industry is in trouble as it tries to find a business model to fit 'new media' - ok, so no exclusive there.

But does any blame for the turmoil lay at the door of 'journalism'?

Well, you probably read this at the time, but take another look at Roy Greenslade's blog entry - 'Catch 22 aims to give working class a way into journalism'.

Sunday, 3 January 2010

The Labour Party and Conservatives electioneering online: The digi'sphere is the new electoral battleground


So we know that blogs, Twitter, Facebook and the full array of social media has massively altered how politics works.

Barack Obama's campaign is the template which Britain's political parties want to emulate.  And they are making all the noises which make you think that this year's General Election will be as much won and lost in the blogosphere than on the doorstep.