The 24-minute news cycle

Nov
03

The 2008 Presidential Campaign gives Time magazine's James Poniewozik the chance to expound his theory that the 24-hour news cycle is dead. In its place, thanks to digital technology and the 'unofficial media', is the 24-minute news cycle.

"If you follow campaign news, you'll see this cycle in action several times a day, with stories sprouting, blooming and dying like flowers in time-lapse photography," he says.

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Stop the Press...Forever

Oct
31

If radical thinking is the solution to declining newspaper circulations then this proposal from the American Recovering Journalist blog is at the sharpest end of the most acute cutting edge. To secure their futures, suggests Marc Andreesen, newspapers should stop printing paper copies now and force their readers (and avertisers) to appreciate the online product. I think the idea is closer to insanity than radicalism, but perhaps I'm missing a glorious business opportunity.

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Sometimes news has to stew a bit

Oct
31

Here's a nice post from technology journalist Charles Arthur on why news doesn't have to be, well, new. The Brand/Russell broadcast, Arthur points out, should have been cold potatoes by the time the Mail on Sunday picked it up more than a week after it had gone out. Not so, as we have seen. And he gives a neat definition that encapsulates a newspaper law: "News is what the reader doesn’t yet know, but you can persuade them they want to".

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Student grants cut after government 'overspending'

Oct
29

Grants for university students are having to be cut by the government from next year, after they had reportedly made an overspending blunder.

Although poorer students are unlikely to be effected, the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) said they found a financial deficit of £200m.

Despite the DIUS improving student financial grants this year, according to BBC News the upper limit to receive a student grant will be lowered from £60,000 to £50,020 next year.

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NCTJ video tutorial

Oct
27

This is the NCTJ's basic guide to shooting video for the web.

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Recalled books

Oct
26

I realise that everyone's trying to get hold of the books that we need for our essay, and have therefore been reserving books from the library. The two books that have been recalled of mine are not going to be taken back until a couple of weeks after our essay has been completed. So sorry to whoever wanted them...

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Beauty vs. Tragedy : what's the bigger eye-catcher?

Oct
23

While surfing the web today, my sister came across this article about the

refugee crisis in Pakistan.

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Altered Images

Oct
23

This is the piece about the Madrid bombings that I discussed at conference. This is a picture from the scene with the body part clearly visible.Madrid Bombing 

Reuters/El Pais 

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Blogging is Dead

Oct
23

Interesting piece by Paul Boutin in Wired, the Web Magazine.  Apparently the future is multimedia.

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Profit v conscience

Oct
22

Geneva Overholser at the Online Journalism Review wonders whether the traditional business model for journalism - i.e publishing companies run for profit - has distorted the social responsibilities of journalists. She quotes former investment banker Adlai Wertman, who claims that profit-seeking companies "quickly go from no social mission to no social responsibility" - resulting in a distorted notion of "what the public wants" when it comes to journalism, and a terribly inadequate news diet for a self-governing people.

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