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So here we are….


I’ve broadcast for twenty years, blogged for three, tweeted for less than one. (@BBCPhilippaT since you ask).   I’m pretty nervous about starting an “official” blog, but it’s about time. 

This is prompted by the Harvard Kennedy School, more specifically Nicco Mele’s course on Digital Media, Power and Politics. Assignment One, build a blog, and START WRITING!

So much of this will revolve around the conversations I’m having as a (lucky, lucky) Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard this year.  From  July 2011 I’ll continue as a working broadcaster for BBC News. Hopefully with a lot more thinking done, having indulged in a lot more talk about what it means to be a journalist today.

Feel free to comment. Feel free to criticize. No abuse please. It’s a myth that journos have thick skins.

Cheers! P

Author: philippathomas

I've been a BBC newswoman for 30 years: reporting from around the world. Currently to be seen anchoring BBC World News TV. Main interests - politics, psychology, reading, trekking, and all things American. I began this personal blog as a 2011 Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard. You can also find me talking daily news on Twitter at @PhilippaBBC, coaching @positivecoachi3, and life & travel on Instagram at @philippanews. Thanks for reading!

4 thoughts on “So here we are….

  1. Hi Philippa
    Really interesting blog.Look forward to reading more……when you have recovered from The Jubilee schedule.Enjoyed your contributions/interviews with punters.Watching from home in Manchester but as someone with some knowledge of/affection for London and history.Looking good.Huw Edwards is an excellent anchor man-hitting the right tone in the finest BBC tradition!I saw alot of anti Beeb comments on line…….with such a demanding schedule,as far as coverage……damned if you do,damned if you don’t…..overall…..probably the best news coverage in the world from BBC.Interested to see The Olympics but with it being ‘on my doorstep'(admittedly a 180 mile one!)I feel really disengaged with the event,for reasons that started with the ticket shambles and a seeming disregard for ‘ordinary people’/non London residents……I really hope it all goes well and that there will be interviews with spectators to give an overall feel of events…..that’s where you and colleagues come in…hopefully.
    If there is a BBC feedback of Jubilee coverage,please feel free to add the above.Last but not least,huge thanks to Geoff Posner and co for the work with ‘Trunk Animation’for the genius animation on The Palace during ‘Madness’……a highlight for me.Sorry,for lengthy chunnering.Thanks…..all good wishes-Dave Burrows

    • I’ll pass on your BBC comments – and thank you for taking the time to make them – positive feedback always more rare than the grumbles! Glad you enjoyed the post. P

      • Hi Philippa.Lovely to hear from you.Credit where it’s due!!If I start grumbling,I give ‘Grumpy Old Men’ a run for their money as my sons will testify!Cheers D

  2. Hi Philippa
    I’m back in cyberspace having had computer burn out!Hope you are well.
    Just wanted to pass on congrats to all involved with BBC Olympics .I thought the Opening Ceremony was superb (I’ll declare an interest/bias being from the same part of the world as Danny Boyle and sharing alot of his values)The emotion/passion of events is being well covered and is what many of us relate to-as much as glory /medal winning.Never expected to be yelling at the telly on a Thursday pm watching women’s judo!
    I also think that the interaction between reporters and the public/experts etc is really impressive.Warmth/human interest should always be recognised / valued in these tension filled times.
    Hoping for great things in the velodrome-again with some bias as much of the GB success has roots in the Manchester Commonwealth Games exactly 10 years ago.That was a great buzz too.
    Hope you aren’t too frazzled with traffic jams etc.
    All the best

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