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Blessed are the newsbreakers; but which ones can you trust in the age of Twitter?

Mon 12 November 2012, 3:13pm

Tweet There’s a number of great pieces online about where new authority is emerging to challenge the older models, particularly in the wake of the US election and superstorm Sandy. Forbes had this to say in response to a mainstream anchor thanking people for ‘helping out’: News flash for my local news anchors: the “amateurs” […] more »

David Carr #NYT and fearless journalism…

Fri 25 November 2011, 4:40pm
Picture 30

Tweet If you missed BBC 4′s excellent documentary on journalism in a digital age, then it is well worth the hour and a half it takes to watch on the iPlayer this weekend… (I want the DVD if it ever comes out in that format)… I remember talking with John Lloyd at the Frontline Club […] more »

Blogging, journalism and the beleaguered State: Is it time to end the neurosis?

Wed 16 March 2011, 10:23am

Tweet I had intended writing another instalment on the ongoing crisis within journalism, but time’s short for original thought these days, especially when there are folk like Jay Rosen (et al) to do the thinking for you. Here’s the Guardian’s excellent précis of his presentation to SXSW. It’s refreshing to say the least: Mainstream journalists’ […] more »

What’s the point of journalists any more?

Tue 16 November 2010, 4:35pm
Political Innovation

Tweet Though Saturday is largely an Unconference and the attendees will be fixing the agenda and timetable on the day (with a bit of healthy pre-event lobbying on the Uservoice site), I’m going to be chairing one whole-event session after lunch on the whole question of the Fourth Estate. We’ve got a democracy that relies […] more »

‘When lip service to some mysterious deity permits…..cash me in.’

Mon 20 September 2010, 8:36pm

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End this FOI game and give us everything (you reasonably can)!

Thu 5 August 2010, 6:02pm

Tweet Hugh Linehan in the Irish Times captures something essential about what Freedom of Information means for public institutions, and that in fact the kind of backwards and forwarding over the precise language of any request is missing the point. He mentions a fascinating paper written by Nat O’Connor for Tasc, in which he argues […] more »

A tale of two cameras

Mon 3 May 2010, 7:59pm

Tweet After Sunday’s Independent Hunger Strike Commemoration a video appeared online showing the tail end of the march chanting ‘IRA’ (and for some bizarre reason a lenghty section recording photographers). There was quite a bit in advance of that person deciding to hit record: more »

Blogging the riots…

Sun 26 February 2006, 1:50am
O'Connell Street riots 2006

Tweet The eye witness accounts have been stunning from Back Seat Drivers and Dossing Times, along with DT’s great capture of the scene ripped from the City Council’s traffic cameras. Take a bow lads! Strong shot from Flickr of a Guard apparently about to be hit with a brick – with, bizarrely, a Villa fan […] more »

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