Social media Archive

  • Digital revolution only just begun, report predicts

    Digital revolution only just begun, report predicts

    Review by Alex Klaushofer. For those hoping that the dust will soon settle on the digital revolution and that we can get back to quality journalism as usual, here is the bad news. The transformations brought about by the digital revolution have only just begun, according to a report published by the Reuters Institute for […]

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  • New model journalism, old model sexism – do we need a new e-feminism?

    New model journalism, old model sexism – do we need a new e-feminism?

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. Over the two and a half years I’ve been researching emerging forms of media for New Model Journalism and the NUJ conference which preceded it, a question has been slowly pushing itself to the forefront of my mind. It feels a bit like that story about the emperor having no clothes, […]

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  • Social media platforms get canny with copyright

    Social media platforms get canny with copyright

    Guest post by Mike Holderness. What happens when a journalist decides to share some of their work with the world though one of those “social media” websites? A headache, first: if you want to be sure of retaining the rights that attend copyright, you’re enjoined to read some dense legalese. The owners of the platforms […]

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  • Under the spotlight: Citizen journalism site Blottr

    Under the spotlight: Citizen journalism site Blottr

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. Since launching a little over a year ago, Blottr, or ‘the people powered news service’, has been growing exponentially. With regional sites covering eight UK cities including London and Leeds, Blottr has recently expanded overseas, launching sites in France and Germany. Its traffic is impressive – 1.6 million unique users a […]

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  • Life after digital dependency – Hamlet’s Blackberry

    Life after digital dependency – Hamlet’s Blackberry

    Review by Alex Klaushofer. Summer 2011. I’m sitting in the garden with a book on one of those still, warm afternoons that are perfect for outdoors living. But something keeps tugging at my consciousness, and I’m finding it hard to concentrate. After a moment, I realise the anxiety has something to do with my e-life; […]

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  • Hard data shatters hyperlocal dream

    Hard data shatters hyperlocal dream

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. When hyperlocal publisher Chris Thomas was casting about for a topic for his postgraduate research, he decided to investigate some of the claims about the rise of hyperlocalism, and come up with some hard data about who is using them, and why. ‘There’s a lot of hype about hyperlocals, but there’s […]

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  • Is it payback time for the free culture?

    Is it payback time for the free culture?

    By Alex Klaushofer. Signs of a growing backlash against the journalism-for-free culture come from – yes, you’ve guessed it – the States. Like many others who have been supplying the Huffington Post with free material, Visual Art Source is disaffected with the translation of their goodwill into the $315 million that the sale of the […]

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  • New website wages war on churnalism

    New website wages war on churnalism

    By Alex Klaushofer. Today sees the launch of Churnalism.com, a website aimed at discouraging the practice of recycling press releases instead of researching original stories. Created by the Media Standards Trust, the site invites churnalism-spotters to paste a press release into a box which is then compared, via a constantly updated database, with news articles […]

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  • Hyperlocal wins grant funding

    Hyperlocal wins grant funding

    The announcement yesterday that Blog Preston has won public funding is surely a sign of a growing recognition that hyperlocals have a key role to play in British media. The site, whose bid was made in partnership with other local organisations, is one of 16 community projects to have succeeded in the Neighbourhood Challenge run […]

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  • Jury out on Twitter- consultation about court reporting launched

    Jury out on Twitter- consultation about court reporting launched

    A consultation on the use of Twitter in court reporting has been launched this week. The consultation is primarily concerned with the risk of prejudice to a case posed by live reporting from court. ‘The use of live, text‐based communications from court may fuel the potential for jurors, whether accidentally or otherwise, to encounter prejudicial […]

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