I start training on Wednesday to become an executive coach.
I am excited and I am nervous because I am so keen to do this. The practice of “coaching” has fired my imagination. Continue reading
I start training on Wednesday to become an executive coach.
I am excited and I am nervous because I am so keen to do this. The practice of “coaching” has fired my imagination. Continue reading →
I am also the BBC broadcaster who used Twitter to present “breaking news” programmes about the verdicts and sentences given to Stephen Lawrence’s killers this week.
This is not a polished article. It’s my attempt to reflect on the uses – and perils – of using Twitter in our courts. Thank you for your comments on the issue; do keep the feedback coming!
A little about me first. I love using Twitter as @PhilippaNews. It keeps me in touch with stories & contacts around the world, and I enjoy what we’ve come to call the curation of news – sharing links on everything from London life to Arab Spring politics to the US election campaign.
But this was the first time I’d used the social media channel as another form of broadcasting. Continue reading →
Hi there – I’m very excited to be a first time presenter on the fantastic World Service radio programme “World Have Your Say” at 1800BST today. It’s a programme that belongs to the audience, and I’m asking YOU to give me insights that I can read on air.
Here’s the idea. Can you imagine living in a world without the iPod? Using a computer without Google? Sorting out your social life without Facebook? Or your news without Twitter?
Or imagine a world where you didn’t have to hear about them all the time?
Well it’s not long ago that none of us had heard these names. Today marks a number of BIRTHDAYS – ten years since the iPod was unveiled, thirteen years since the launch of Google. And it seems every day brings us a new product launch – Amazon’s Kindlefire? – or a social media makeover – like the new look Facebook.
SO I’m using the moment to ask how this whirl of invention has changed YOUR life. What does it make you think about the way we communicate, the way we share, how our behaviour has changed
Are you excited about living in a world where it seems every day brings us a new product launch or a social media makeover?
Is it a lifestyle you aspire to?
Or is the world of Apple and Google and Amazon unreal and irrelevant – or one that makes you excluded and frustrated?
You can comment here – or tweet to @PhilippaNews or @BBC_WHYS – I’ll try to get as many of your thoughts as we can into our hour on air.
This isn’t original but it’s new to me, and they’re words worth spreading. Here are the late psychiatrist Anthony Clare’s Seven Steps to Happiness. I’m taking them to heart as I transition from the US to London, to a different desk, different home, and different assignments. I’m still following what fascinates me in the media, politics & society. I’m still reading novels & streaming tweets. And one of my passions will definitely be… to continue to blog!
So, here are seven tips from a thoughtful man about a life worth living… as recounted by author Gyles Brandreth at the end of my latest read, his biography of Prince Philip.
“Number one: cultivate a passion. It is important in my model of happiness to have something that you enjoy doing. The challenge for a school is to find every child some kind of passion — something that will see them through the troughs. That’s why I’m in favour of the broadest curriculum you can get. Continue reading →
I’ve given an interview about this blog – and what happened after my post about Bradley Manning & P J Crowley. It’s part of a programme with New York TV host Brian Lehrer called “Citizens cover the Uprisings”. I apologise in advance for alarming any viewers by being scarily close up to the camera on Skype, and gosh do I really have such a terribly British accent?
On Thursday I published a short story here about the U.S. State Department spokesman’s view that the Department of Defence is being “ridiculous and counter-productive and stupid” in its treatment of Wikileaks whistleblower Private Bradley Manning.
On Friday, President Obama was questioned about it.
On Sunday, the spokesman P.J. Crowley resigned.
I’m writing this because I’ve been a reporter for the BBC for two decades, broadcasting through the traditional mass media of television and radio – and now as an individual, I’ve learned at first hand the power of the blog. Continue reading →
Interested in America’s immigrant communities? The end of the space shuttle programme? The resurgence of the right? The future of windpower? Urban art? I was lucky enough to cover all these and more for BBC World News & BBC America over the last 4 years. Here’s the link.
My favourite thing about the holidays is the chance to sink deep down into fiction. I’ve just turned the final page of a big, emotional, multilayered historical novel by author Ethan Canin about American politics and family, and I really feel I’ve been inhabiting that world. A work called “America, America” was always going to be ambitious wasn’t it! It’s great reading for a political junkie like me, as it weaves together a fictional community with all the real events of the presidential primary campaign of 1972. It also reminds me of another novel that kept me thinking long after I put it aside – “American Wife” by Curtis Sittenfeld. I’ve just realised they were published within months of each other in 2008; intriguing to have a male and female narrator to compare. Anyone else with recommendations for big novels about American politics, let me know!
One of the delights of the Nieman year is READING. I have a higgledy piggledy stack of books by my bed – on Iran, on Obama, on the cello, on food – and joy of joys here is a stack of new recommendations from the Economist. I’ve read Game Change, the Cello Suites, and the Imperfectionist so far. Wonder if I can learn to sleep less?
I’ve been reporting in the US and about the US for the BBC since 1997, and never fail to find enthusiasm for the brand. Viewers here watch us on PBS, they watch us on BBC America, and appreciative listeners find us on NPR across the United States. And now I see on Paid Content UK that the BBC is rolling with the times to offer access by subscription on iPad as well. I think it’s a great move. Especially at a time when we need to shore up support for our public service model, and look beyond the pockets of the British taxpayer.
A final word from Paid Content: ” The upshot is, it could unlock a future for the BBC in the online age as a significant global online operator. ”