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.