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  • A sense of freedom: how FOI has reshaped journalism

    A sense of freedom: how FOI has reshaped journalism

    Originally published in the Jul/Aug 14 edition of The Journalist Putting together a twentieth-anniversary nostalgia feature about the takeover of chocolate manufacturers Rowntree, gave Gavin Aitchison an idea.  The confectioner’s demise still has deep resonances in York, where the paper Aitchison news edits, The Press, is based.  The chocolatier once employed upwards of 10,000 staff […]

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  • Seeing is believing: web video now basic news currency

    Seeing is believing: web video now basic news currency

    Last summer, Guardian science correspondent Alok Jha got wind of plans to unveil the world’s first synthetic beef burger.  With $250,000 grand funding from one of Google’s founders, Dr Mark Post of Maastricht University, had grown fibers in a lab that he was now offering to serve to the world in a bread bun. “I […]

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  • Subs rising: the NUJ at Eastbourne

    Subs rising: the NUJ at Eastbourne

    “Welcome to the NUJ – this part of the world’s most successful private-sector trades union”, said union president Barry McCall, welcoming journalists’ representatives to their biennial conference in Eastbourne.  Extravagant as the claim might seem – it appeared to encapsulate a new confidence and bonhomie among the trade union’s activists. The four-day conference, which ended […]

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  • The story of the blues: how a football calamity spawned an underground bestseller

    The story of the blues: how a football calamity spawned an underground bestseller

    Case study by Tim Dawson Three weeks after it was published, Phil Mac Giolla Bhain’s ‘Downfall’ was the eighth best selling general paperback in the UK, according to The Sunday Times.  Tracking the financial crisis and subsequent insolvency of Glasgow Rangers FC, the book has nearly sold 9,700 copies, to date and less than two […]

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  • 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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  • Martin Lewis claims journalism’s greatest reward

    Martin Lewis claims journalism’s greatest reward

    Analysis by Tim Dawson Martin Lewis’ sale of moneysavingexpert.com for £87m is possibly the UK’s most astonishing piece of journalism as entrepreneurialism ever. The site, was born out of a persona created for slot on a little viewed, and even less remembered satellite television channel. Its growth and subsequent success are an object lesson in […]

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  • Student newspaper iPad edition blazes a trail

    Student newspaper iPad edition blazes a trail

    As many publications struggle to adapt their offer for the download era, students in Yorkshire have provided an object lesson in creating digital product.  Leeds Student, the award-winning weekly tabloid serving Leeds University, has become the first student newspaper with an iPad edition. The weekly download comes out a couple of days after each Friday’s […]

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  • Brave New Digital World – review of Turing’s Cathedral

    Brave New Digital World – review of Turing’s Cathedral

    Review by Alex Klaushofer. Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe by George Dyson As other reviewers have pointed out, Turing’s Cathedral, the book which documents the fulfillment of Alan Turing’s vision of a ‘universal machine’ capable of thought, is a sprawling entity, full of detail and digression that frequently threaten its coherence. Part […]

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