All posts in category Online Journalism

Building civil spaces online: Howard Rheingold

Last week I listened to a webinar interview with Howard Rheingold by the Pillar Summit’s Richard Millington . If I was working for a newspaper I’d probably call Howard a web guru – or an elder statesman of the Internet, or hang my reverence on some other cliché. But, after listening to him speak for […]

Advertising on council websites – a few thoughts from the dark side

There was a really interesting conversation this morning on Twitter about councils advertising on their websites – which was started by Adrian Short (see his blog post, here, about his complaint to Nottigham City Council). I’ve tried to put the pertinent tweets together into a Storify, so that people can follow the debate. There’s probably […]

Judith Townend: Media law for the little guy

Judith was a journalist at journalism.co.uk. Her interest in media law has taken her to city university where she is now engaged in a PhD about just that. Judith has been carrying out research about how small news orgs and bloggers deal with legal issues – ‘Keeping It Legal Without the Night Lawyer’. She says […]

If anyone else talks about paywalls I’m going to punch them

No industry can be as self important as the newspaper business. OK, maybe TV. And, I suppose, if politics is a business (which it all to frequently appears to be) then that deserves a mention, too. But journalism – a trade designed to make a mountain out of a molehill – has a habit of […]

How to make news playable

As part of my online journalism studies I have to come up with an ‘experimental portfolio’. This, according to Paul Bradshaw, our course leader, is to explore around the fringes of online journalism knowledge. As a former sub editor, I’ve never been comfortable with uncertainty. I like things to have been written down many, many […]

Will disco dads save the local newspaper business?

Roger Green is one of the most important men in local online journalism in Britain. As the boss of Newsquest‘s digital division, he’s the head honcho for more than 150 newspaper websites up and down the country. Remarkably, however, Roger isn’t too enamoured with all the fuss about clever-clever technologies and is more than a […]

Why blogs can beat traditional news for quality (sometimes)

In preparation for his appearance in front of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee tomorrow, Paul Bradshaw has attempted to define how new journalism (namely blogs) and traditional media guarantee their quality in quite distinct ways. In doing so, Paul is preparing the ground for a set of questions he expects to […]

Meeting Channel 4’s digital commissioners

Today Channel 4’s digital commissioners were in Birmingham to explain their plans for 2010 and give the great and the good of the city’s creative community a run down of the dos and don’ts of pitching to the projects they’re running. Jason Hall, head of innovation at Screen West Midlands had the job of introducing […]

A list: WordPress alternatives for news

This morning we’ve been learning a lot about CMS. Paul Bradshaw, with the help of a few friends, came up with a list of alternatives to WordPress that might be of interest to people thinking of running a news-based site. Quickly, then, here’s the list:- Drupal, with Open Publish Epression engine Django Ellington CMS Thanks […]

How readerships differ from print to online at the Daily Telegraph

I was lucky enough to be among a small group of online journalism students who yesterday had the chance to the pick the brains of Kate Day, recently appointed the Community Editor at the Daily Telegraph. Kate gave us a fascinating insight into life in the famous broadsheet’s online arm. I asked Kate about her […]