News as a profession is unphilosophical. It is full of ideas – even ideas about itself – but it rarely frames that thinking in terms of either classical or modern philosophical theory or discourse. So, it’s clear that I am not going to start from a position of philosophical knowledge when I ask this philosophical question: “What Is News?” For […]
Live blogging is one of those formats that have emerged in the last few years as Web 2.0 journalism has gone interactive, continuous and connected. But what impact is live blogging having on the newsroom and do they actually work? Do they create better journalism and do they attract audiences who pay attention? Polis has already done research on this, […]
This is the text of a speech I gave at the extraordinary annual Swedish political festival called ‘Almedalen’, when the whole political class of the country moves to a Baltic island for a week of debate open to the public. You can hear interviews I did for Swedish radio here. The theme was the future of ‘quality’ or public service journalism. […]
[[Don't forget to sign up for our free annual international journalism conference on April 5th - details and tickets here]] These are the notes from a talk I gave to a mixture of Spanish academics, journalists and students at the Asociación de la Prensa de Madrid. My host was the Survival of Journalism Project of the Madrid Complutense University. This […]
Lots of frozen white stuff has dropped from the sky upon (southern) England (and Wales). This is big news. Not big enough to push the appalling events in Algeria off the top of the bulletins, but nearly. And as for social media. Well Twitter is even more excited by this than the Horseburgers.
It’s that time of year when student journalists send people like me a set of questions as part of their long-essay research. The best ones have actually done some reading, but often it’s just an easy way to avoid going to primary sources (blogs, books etc)