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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|