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Periodismo, redes y la nueva política interconectada

For Spanish readers here is the beginning of an article I wrote on the new networked political journalism for Estudios de Politica Exterior. You can download the article here as a pdf Internet y la telefonía móvil han dotado a los ciudadanos de nuevas herramientas de expresión y activismo político. Desde las revueltas árabes los medios de comunicación tradicionales han […]


An angry or informed society? (guest blog) #polis11

This blog by Mariam Cook reflects on the debate about an Informed Society at our Media and Power Journalism Conference. Embracing the angry society needs people. Lots of us. If our political establishments are locked into restrictive, exclusive modes of discourse, how can this generation of communications professionals help publics smash into it? This is the natural question for me […]


“Forward” Thinking: Will Straw and the future of online political journalism (Guest blog)

AOL’s $315 million acquisition of The Huffington Post this week has infused new life into debates about the viability of such news and blogging websites as profit-producing investments. Could a HuffPost work in the UK? POLIS intern Beth Lowell reports on one political wonk’s view of the future of British online political news media.


What's New About Wikileaks?

This is a slide show for a talk I am giving on Wikileaks. It is a simple attempt to start exploring what is new about Wikileaks in terms of politics and journalism.

You can access it by clicking on the image or here


Wikileaks: now that's what I call an informed society…

The timing could not have been better. I am in Dubai to lead a global council discussion on Informed Societies with some top people from journalism, public relations, social media and universities. The Wikileaks revelations of how international diplomacy really works are a live experiment in how to inform the world through networked journalism, the combination of new media technologies […]


Media and social solidarity: Vienna Part I

I flew to Vienna just as the UK Govt was publishing its spending data for the first time. And as I waited in fog-bound Heathrow I started reading  Alan Rusbridger’s landmark essay on how the business model change in journalism is changing its democratic role. I was on my way to the heart of old middle Europe for a transatlantic […]


A paywall that might work?

Everyone has been studying the Times paywall and scrutinising the figures to see if it’s working. Even Clay Shirky has parsed the stats and philosophised over the meaning of disrupting the business model. But what about the Screws? Ahem. What I mean is, what about Britain’s best-selling newspaper that has had more agenda-setting scoops in the last 12 months than […]


Riding the digital wave in Barcelona

What next for the creative industries? How can they ride the digital wave? The annual conference of the International Institute of Communications in Barcelona is asking the big media questions. Here are my notes for my attempt to look at it from a journalism point of view. I want to talk about three key areas. 1. How public participation and […]

October 19th, 2010|Media|0 Comments|

The New Fourth Estate: a response to Alan Rusbridger

Is this a media Magna Carta moment? In a stimulating ‘Beta stage’ essay Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger has suggested that British Journalism – the Fourth Estate – is now made up of three divisions. But what is really interesting is not the fact of this media constitutional shift, but its consequences. Rusbridger claims that the Internet and its associated processes […]

October 13th, 2010|Journalism, Media|0 Comments|

The Times Pay-Wall: A Golden Ghetto or Desert Island Risk?

From the Garden of Eden to Jonestown, humans have dreamed of ideal walled communities. If only we can shelter from the winds of reality, so goes the myth-makers, we can create a space to live our lives the way that we want. In that sense, The Times’ pay-wall plans are positively utopian. I have nothing in principle against pay-walls. To […]

March 29th, 2010|Media|0 Comments|