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Top tips for Digital Journalists

Mark Luckie is a man with a mission : in his words, “to help usher in a new era of journalism.” He’s the new National Innovations Editor for the Washington Post. He’s the author of the Digital Journalists Handbook. He made his name blogging at 10,000 words. And luckily for fellows at the Nieman Foundation, he was happy today to dish out his top tips, tools and websites. Continue reading


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Very good news for BBC viewers in the United States

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. ”

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Clay Shirky tells us Foreign News is facing market failure

“When did you stop being an optimist?” I asked CLAY SHIRKY , author of “Here Comes Everybody” & “Cognitive Surplus”. He’s known as an evangelist for the tools of new media. He’s written lovingly and at length about the opportunities social networks provide for us all to come together, and maybe change the world for good.

In conversation with fellows at the Nieman Foundation today, he tackled the downside that’s dearest to our hearts. If as he puts it “everyone is a media outlet”, then he clearly believes much of traditional media is history. Here’s what I jotted down as we all dug into the future of news. Continue reading


Man Bites Dog

It’s that kind of story for those obsessed with new media.

Political journalist Marc Ambinder of the Atlantic – respected, insightful, original, and no I don’t know him – has announced today that he will blog no longer.

He talks about the destructive energy of the relentless feedback loop, and the exhaustion he feels from maintaining his “web based personality”.

In our Brave New World of New Media and personalised outreach and interaction, it’s a must read.

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So I don’t know you and you don’t know me…

One of the challenges of a journalism fellowship like this is the sneaking feeling that someone else, somewhere else, is following the same leads. It really worried me when I was putting together my project proposal on social media and citizen journalism a year ago. Now as I struggle to curb my addiction to clicking on twitter links, I’m loving the landscape of crowd-sourcing. Yes there’s a big issue with translating the ideal to the real world of competitive reporting, and a danger of suffocating original thought with sheer volume overload. But I am at last thinking less JOURNALISM fellowship and more journalism FELLOWSHIP.

Which is a very roundabout way of saying that Ive just found the Blog of the Reynolds Journalism Institute and some really sparky ideas like this from current fellow Joy Mayer. Joy I may have to email you…

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So WILL the revolution be tweeted?

Here’s my short take on a surprisingly personal debate between some of the new media gurus of our time -a debate that’s shot from single article to raging debate online.

It kicked off with a literary hand grenade, tossed out by the New Yorker in its 4th October edition,  penned by Malcolm Gladwell, author of “The Tipping Point” and “Outliers.”
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