Monday, 21 July 2014

news:rewired » Blog Archive » How journalists can get the best from Reddit

Reddit is a self-gatekeeping community known for the original content posted by its user-base, as well as links to other content on the web, which can be either up or down-voted by other users.

For new users, the platform – which comes with its own quirks and terminology – can initially appear daunting.

However, with a bit of practice, it becomes easy to navigate your way through the vast amount of content posted to the site each day.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Newspryng: crowdfunding for independent journalism | Media news

A new platform aiming to foster independent journalism and collaborative writing launched last week, with an in-built donation system to support journalists' work.

Newspryng is a new experiment incrowdfunding for journalism, helping freelancers publish their work and get paid for it.

"I wanted to explore whether we could replicate this model with a platform which anyone could contribute to," Matthew Chapman, the editorial lead behind Newspryng, told

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

'Yes journalists have broken the law, and we should be pleased and proud that they did' | Press Gazette

Andy Coulson's jail sentence gave the tabloid-bashing lobby a welcome opportunity to pose on the high ground once more, after the humiliation of seeing only one defendant convicted at the end of their £100m (according to The Guardian) hacking trial (plus the five who pleaded guilty).

Keir Starmer, the former Director of Public Prosecutions behind the hacking case, smugly declared that the trials had been worth it because they had dispelled the "feeling that journalists were above the law".

Never mind the Crown's abject failure to prove that former Sun and News of the World  editor Rebekah Brooks and others were involved in any "criminal conspiracy". The message is that tabloid journalism has now been found guilty, and needs to be punished and restrained.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Revival of Local Journalism conference: 13 themes which matter for the future | David Higgerson

I spent yesterday at the Revival of Local  Journalism conference held by the BBC and the Society of Editors at MediaCity in Salford.

It brought together people from all forms of local media, and in that sense was rather unique. There were a lot of interesting views point across, and a few odd ones.

I'll blog more on the themes which really struck a chord with me,  but here are 13 interesting points which got on to my notepad during the day:

Saturday, 5 July 2014

BBC College of Journalism shares free training resources to the world

The BBC College of Journalism last week opened up their training website for free to a global audience. On it are a wealth of resources originally created for an internal BBC audience by some of its most experienced journalists. The college say the opening up of the site is a trial that will last at least 12 months.

There are videos and podcasts on basic three point lighting, safety with lights, how a TV news package is produced, self shooting video journalism, iPhone journalism, audio and many more.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Are journalists who refuse to retire from top jobs stifling the ambitions of the young (and middle aged)? | Press Gazette

Are there too many people aged 65 and over who occupy senior jobs in journalism? I think the answer to that question is 'yes', and as a reporter in my early 40s still trying to make some headway in the business I want to explain why. 

Granted, there is no formal retirement age in Britain anymore, and probably never has been one in the trade of journalism anyway. Plus, experience counts for a lot, so it is undoubtedly positive in some ways that those well over the half way mark of life are able to thrive as hacks in print and in broadcasting.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan named most influential UK journalist on social media - full top 50 list | Press Gazette

Piers Morgan has been named the most influential UK journalist on social media by Press Gazette.

He took top prize in the second of Press Gazette's Social Media Journalism Awards. In April, hacking trial tweeter Peter Jukes was named top reporter on twitter and social media.

Last night Press Gazette named the top 50 most influential journalists on social media, sponsored by ("the world's leading all-in-one brand newsroom and multimedia PR platform").

The prize was awarded after taking into consideration the views of an expert panel of judges, voting forms filled out by more than 200 Press Gazette readers and also looking at the number of followers journalists have on Twitter.