Wednesday, 23 April 2014

10 Misconceptions About Being A Journalist

10 Misconceptions About Being A Journalist.

It's easy being a journalist, right? We get paid to eat out every night, write sex columns and expose huge corruption scandals in government on a daily basis. All in a day's work. Wrong. Here are ten common misconceptions the rest of the world has about being a journalist…

Thursday, 17 April 2014

5 Ethical Conundrums For Journalists In the Digital Age

5 Ethical Conundrums For Journalists In the Digital Age.

In the world of crowdsourcing and citizen blogging, many newsroom codes of ethics seem about as antiquated as fedoras. Some journalists are prohibited from voting, donating to political campaigns, or even volunteering — rules that stand in stark contrast to the first-person, subjective, anecdotal writing that permeates the web. But transitioning to a digital medium not only complicates existing ethical concerns, it also raises new ethical questions.

One life in investigative journalism

One life in investigative journalism.

One night, a few summers ago, friends of mine in York were disturbed by a loud banging on their door. There stood a Kurdish family — men, women and children — distraught. A young relative of theirs in Cumbria, where I live, had been detained by the immigration authorities. Her two-year-old son was left parentless for four days. My friends found them a lawyer — on the 31st phone call, and prompted letters appealing to the Home Office. I created a media campaign. After 26 days locked up at Yarl's Wood detention centre, the family was released and, eventually, allowed to remain here. There had been no reason to detain them.

Monday, 7 April 2014

We need to talk: 26 awkward questions to ask news organizations about the move to digital » Nieman Journalism Lab

Here are 25 awkward questions (and one counter-question) that I wish media reporters/critics would routinely ask of editors and mainstream news organizations, each year. These might be uncomfortable, if truthfully and publicly answered, but even if you "no comment" your way out of that query, the questions might actually help spur newsroom leadership to focus on what really matters. In no particular order of importance, here is a starter kit of questions:

Thursday, 3 April 2014

A Lot of Top Journalists Don't Look at Traffic Numbers. Here's Why.

The Verge is one of the biggest and most influential technology news sites in the world, with 8.6 million monthly unique visitors and a staff of top-notch tech reporters. These are some internet-savvy editors and writers who probably know as much if not more about how to build an audience online than anyone in the business.

Yet the editors at The Verge have a policy that seems a little bit odd and anachronistic: They don't let writers see how much traffic their stories generate. Ever.