At the BBC in Belfast today…

Mick Fealty on Blogging from BBC College of Journalism on Vimeo.

This is an interview I did just after my chat with Jem Stone at Broadcasting House in Belfast today with the BBC College of Journalism…

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  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Good Plug.

    Where do the stats about the % of Stormo members come form?

  • Sam Flanagan

    That was interesting.

  • Mick Fealty

    Stratagem/ComRes poll this time last year…

  • Mick

    This was the best interview/whatever I have seen of you, it held me throughout. The reason apart from what you actually said, which I found spot on, was you forgot about the medium and spoke your mind.

    That was until the ‘very end’ when you started throwing your hands about like an Italian.( Not racially stereotyping here, it is just I grew up amongst Italians and one could not help noticing 😉

    I am being picky, as it was a great piece, but why is it these days when on TV both interviewer and interviewee seem to throw their hands about as if the were conducting the 1812 overture. (Especially youngsters, sorry Mick you do not fall into that category;)

  • Fabianus

    Mick

    Great interview and an incisive look at blogging.

    However, a word to the wise. Watch your hand movements in subsequent TV interviews. You seem to be applying the principles of the lecture hall to the much smaller canvas of the television screen. You’re allowing your hands to stray far beyond the camera. This is distracting.

    Play them, as you would cards, close to your chest. You’ll find that the viewer will be less distracted and will concentrate more on what it is you have to say.

  • Fabianus

    LOL, Mickhall was saying much the same as I was typing my comment!

    I just knew I should have refreshed the page.

  • willis

    We are fated never to meet!

    I only realised that you were coming off the bench for William whan the gig was over. Did you ask Jem about Pete’s ‘cease and desist’?

  • RepublicanStones

    Not quite Artie Bucco with the hands. Interesting interview. Particularly the idea of the blog as an extra weapon for the journalists to do their job instead of merely usurping them. I think one interesting aspect is that the poachers(journalists) and the gamekeepers(politicians…perhaps that might be the other way about???) have a more level playing field in the blogosphere as opposed to the traditional forms of media.

  • ” Interesting interview. Particularly the idea of the blog as an extra weapon for the journalists to do their job instead of merely usurping them. ”

    Republican Stones

    I agree this is one of the great strengths of blogging, until the blog appeared journalists, bar the odd letter to the editor, were able to get away with writing almost anything without being challenged. Even the letters pages rarely criticised the journalist or paper, concentrating on the subject matter of the article. (They operate like this right up until this day) The Jan Moir bruhaha is a good example of what Mick means.

    Fabianus,

    Great minds as they say 😉 although I have noticed this throwing about of one hands is taking hold on TV in a big way, even CEO of multi nationals and their spokespersons seem to be at it. Thus I do not believe it is a hang over from the stump.

    Which got me thinking whether they are advised to do so by who ever gives them media training. It surely cannot be an accident that almost all newcomers to BBC local news, seem to be at it. Along with people like the over ambitions bloggers Ian Dale and Guido F.

    Perhaps going Italian is part of media studies these days?

  • Mick,

    Fair play to you for continuing to wear your fáinne – its becoming a rare sight these days.

    Béir bua.

  • OC

    Kudos for your excellent blog!

    IMO opinion, the on-line letters-to-the-editor at Belfast Telegraph in the late ’90s were the beginning of the dialogue that you now champion!

  • Fabianus

    Mickhall

    Perhaps going Italian is part of media studies these days?

    As the old song says, “Robert de Niro’s waiting…”