Entries Tagged as 'Journalism'

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Thatcher funeral – why Twitter sentiment analysis is nonsense

UPDATE: See the detailed methodological comment from Francesco at Pulsar TRAC for evidence that the Thatcher Funeral Twitter sentiment analysis referred to here really is super accurate. We still haven’t quite managed collectively to leave Margaret Thatcher’s death behind (don’t worry – I’m sure it will pass eventually). At the moment we’re in the weird […]

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Paywall round-up

With the recent announcement that the Telegraph was to extend its paywall to UK readers, paywalls have been back in the news, with several articles from different perspectives on how successful or otherwise they are. If you haven’t caught up with it all yet, here’s a handy round-up of recent paywall-related content… First – the […]

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Best Media Fool’s Day joke: Mumsnet runs Vajazzling course to empower women

So good I almost fell for it, the Mumsnet Academy course on vajazzling is my April Fool’s Day tip for best media prank. Sadly, as April 1 is a bank holiday, it won’t get the – ahem – exposure it deserves. But here’s a thread on its very own forum of nearly 50 excited potential […]

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Oscar Pistorius: one mystery solved

There are many puzzles in the Oscar Pistorius did-he-murder-Reeva-Steenkamp-in-cold-blood-or-was-it-a-tragic-accident case – but one, at least, looks like it has a solution. Why, oh why, asked prosecutor Gerrie Nel, did tragic Reeva take her mobile phone into the toilet with her at 3am? Of course there is data to tell us. Research (or, ‘research’) by Sony […]

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Paperback writers: how to move into freelance book writing #3

We’re asking  freelance journalists about their experiences in the book market and what tips they can offer to anyone who fancies taking the plunge. The third case study in our series is Trevor Merriden – an experienced business media editor who wrote several technology business books in the early 2000s, including Rollercoaster: The Turbulent Life and […]

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Paperback writers: how to move into freelance book writing #2

How can freelance journalists make the move into non-fiction book authoring? We’re asking  freelance journalists about their experiences in the book market and what tips they can offer to anyone who fancies taking the plunge. The second case study in our series is a sports writing partnership – Martin Cloake (who took part in the Value […]

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Paperback writers: how to move into freelance book writing #1

They say everyone has one novel inside them and, given the number of creative writing degree courses on offer, there’s a lucrative market in encouraging people to excavate it. But a more realistic course for freelance journalists is a non-fiction book – probably on one of their specialist beat topics, such as sport or business. This […]

Friday, November 16th, 2012

What skills do journalism students need to get a job in PR? (Clue: social media)

At a recent talk to journalism students at UCA in Farnham, Paul Marinko, media and public affairs manager at Surrey County Council, revealed the key skills required for journalism students who want to work in local government PR and public affairs. In short: Social media Video editing and package making* Content is king – you need […]

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Free, limitless energy from thin air! This week’s scientific breakthrough in journalism

It’s time to tear myself away from the new term at the Open University (module S207 – The Physical World) to take a look at what passes for rigorous scientific and economic journalism in the nation press. So, the Telegraph – on a fabulous new development in synthetic fuel: “British engineers produce amazing ‘petrol from […]

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Hounded by tabloid journalists? Deleting your online presence doesn’t always work…

  Tabloid sleaze ahead – turn aside now. Let’s say you were a tabloid journalist covering the Megan Stammers Lost in France case. Let’s say you wanted to hunt down the other victim in the case and get some material on Jeremy Forrest’s betrayed wife. Doing a Google search gets you a whole lot of […]

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