Audioboo: awful or awesome?

May
20

As we keep on hearing from various guest speakers that come to the Centre for Journalism mobile phones have a future in the news industry.

Well here’s one of the latest sites to use mobile phone technology for breaking news... It’s called Audioboo and it has been called the Twitter for people who want their voices heard

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'Google-killer' Wolfram Alpha goes live. But doesn't have all the answers

May
18

It's been hyped by some as a "Google-killer", and after a period of invitation-only testing today Wolfram Alpha is available to the unwashed masses. It's been described as an answer engine, as opposed to a search engine, and describes its long-term goal as making "all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone... to build on the achievements of science and other systematizations of knowledge to provide a single source that can be relied on by everyone for definitive answers to factual queries."

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The importance of Suzanne Breen's fight to protect her source

May
13

Suzanne Breen. Pic Sunday TribuneThe legal battle of a journalist in Northern Ireland who may have to choose between revealing a source and going to prison is one we should all follow closely. Suzanne Breen, the Sunday Tribune's northern editor, has written a number of stories about the Real IRA - including a report of the group's claim to be responsible for the murders of two British soldiers outside Massareene Barracks earlier this year.

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You may be quite funny, Mr Fry, but on MPs' expenses you're totally wrong

May
12

So funnyman to Middle England, Stephen Fry thinks the scandal of MPs' expenses is no more than a 'journalistic frenzy' does he? Interviewed for Newsnight last night, he practically spat the words and accused people outraged by claims for mending tennis courts, swimming pools and having their wisteria pruned as mere 'bourgeous' preoccupations. Speaker of the House of Commons Michael Martin blamed the media too, a lazy and kneejerk reaction.

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Anthony Suau: an inspiration

May
10

   

Here is a recently published video hosted on Vimeo about the 2008 World Press Photo of the Year winner, Anthony Suau. His work is inspirational.

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Convergent journalism in action

May
06

More impressive work experience action from our first year journalism students. This time it's Becci Hughes and Laura Hartmann, who have collaborated on an excellent piece of interactive multimedia for the Kent Messenger, reporting on protests to stop the Kent International Gateway development at Bearsted.

The full piece is on the KM web site here, but I've also embedded Becci and Laura's piece below. Laura did the audio; Becci took the pictures and created the Vuvox collage.

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Legal costs and the future of reporting

May
06

Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian, News of the World boss Colin Myler and Ian Hislop of Private Eye defended original reporting against the "chilling" costs of legal action yesterday before the House of Commons select committee on culture, media and sport. 

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The BBC and local journalism

May
04

Can the BBC save local reporting? It thinks it can and its offer is likely to be welcomed by government and commercial news providers. I think the corporation is being selfish. The Independent gave me a chance to explain why .  

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Examples of achievement - an urgent appeal

May
01

In the Centre for Journalism we are intensely proud of our commitment to convergent, multimedia journalism. Several of the academic staff can write with pens and crayons. However, we have noticed that our celebration of student successes during work placements has, so far, been dominated by work published in newspapers. We love print, but we also adore audio, video and online text and we would like to celebrate your online work as enthusiastically as we have the printed stuff. I know several of you have have had film, sound and text published on KM websites PLEASE post links in response to this message. We want to showcase your talents. Help us.

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Dover Mercury splash

Apr
30

Although without the same modesty as Kelsey Williams and Alex Fisk last week who recorded significant breakthroughs with a brilliant front page splash and video report respectively, I thought I'd post because we've all been encouraged to post our successes. 

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