All posts tagged birmingham

Gritting bins in Brighton

With all the cold weather I thought it might be useful to have a little look at the gritting information available for where I live. I’ve taken a PDF file on Brighton and Hove’s website and made it into a spreadsheet, which you can see here. I’ve also made the spreadsheet into a kind 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 […]

Ten things Birmingham can do to welcome the pirates

In a speech made today to an audience of Birmingham’s top business folk at the Big Debate, future seer and Financial Times super guru, Charles Leadbeater, encouraged Birmingham to become a home for pirates. Sadly, Leadbeater wasn’t suggesting repatriating the Somali sailors who’ve been wreaking havoc in the Gulf of Aden for the last couple […]

Moseley Road Baths

Last night I went to Moseley Road Baths for the first time. The swimming pool complex, opened on October 30, 1907, is the only Grade II-listed baths in England and an extraordinary example of Edwardian public architecture. I’ll be going back there again on Saturday, for the Memories and Memorabilia day, where I hope to […]

Wyndley Leisure Centre

I’ve not had a chance to swim at Wyndley Leisure Centre, but regular swimmer Dominic Riordan was kind enough to send me his thoughts on the bath. I’ve included them below: “Wyndley’s pretty good: it’s recently been refurbished , although it doesn’t seem like much has been done. The lanes are quite tight, and it’s […]

The state of Birmingham’s swimming pools

On Saturday, supporters of the Moseley Road Baths will gather at the Grade II-listed buildings for a special event celebrating Birmingham’s most well-known, but at-risk swimming pool. Moseley Road Baths, Memories and Memorabilia – which hopes to offer all comers an insight into this unique building – couldn’t come at a more crucial time for […]

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 […]

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 […]

A hyperlocal news service for Brum

As part of my studies for an MA in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University I’m involved in a new project to run a hyperlocal news site for Birmingham. Ahh. So here we go. I’m going to try to explain our idea in 150 words… Imagine a website for central Birmingham. You go to the […]