MC Hammer and building a community on Twitter

•December 16, 2008 • Leave a Comment
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pic from Flickr user 'EMS Shane in Portland'

The online journalism module I have taken at Cardiff University this past term has consisted of a series of weekly lectures, which in turn have led to numerous technological epiphanies. These have tended to happen when I least expect them and the latest one, concerning the utility of Twitter, occurred earlier this month in the middle of a lecture by BBC Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones. Continue reading ‘MC Hammer and building a community on Twitter’

Is this the future of reporting the news online?

•December 1, 2008 • Leave a Comment
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pic from Flickr user 'dadawan'

How will news be reported online in the future?

In entering this debate, it is first necessary to impart a few basic truths. It has become clear that the web cannot be ignored as a medium for telling the news. It is even fair to say the internet is now the most important broadcasting outlet, and its significance will continue to grow. The 4iP website shows the following Ofcom findings from March 2008: Continue reading ‘Is this the future of reporting the news online?’

John Martyn – St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, 21/11/08

•November 23, 2008 • Leave a Comment
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pic from Flickr user 'StephenMcleod'

2008 has been a good year for John Martyn.

In February he was given the Lifetime Achievement award at the 2008 Radio 2 Folk awards. Another accolade followed in June, when he scooped the Les Paul Award for contribution to guitar music on the Mojo Honours List. In September, John celebrated his 60th birthday – a milestone which it seemed unlikely he would reach at several points in his turbulent life. Continue reading ‘John Martyn – St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, 21/11/08′

Justice and the Internet

•November 21, 2008 • 3 Comments
pic from Flickr user 'Brymo'

pic from Flickr user 'Brymo'

Earlier today I played the game that is taking the nation by storm – “is there a Nazi in my neighbourhood?”. Apparently there is, and he lives a short walk away from my front door. You learn something new and fairly disturbing every day. Continue reading ‘Justice and the Internet’

Online Journalism – Talkin’ Bout a Revolution?

•November 16, 2008 • Leave a Comment
The Online Journalism Revolution (pic from Flickr user 'berbercarpet')

The Online Journalism Revolution (pic from Flickr user 'berbercarpet')

Last week, though delivered in a distinctly unWeb 2.0 way, Peter Preston gave one of the most positive lectures on the future prospects of journalism that we have heard at JOMEC this year. Continue reading ‘Online Journalism – Talkin’ Bout a Revolution?’

On the Spot

•November 13, 2008 • Leave a Comment
pic from Flickr user 'Hussain Isa'

pic from Flickr user 'Hussain Isa'

November 12th 2008, or Black Wednesday as it shall forever be known, was an ugly night for the beautiful game.

Not only were the five-a-side team I attempt to play for humbled by a ten goal margin (does that sound better than saying we lost ten nil? probably not) but at the exact same time, as if for one evening justice itself was temporarily blinded by some cruel eclipse, Liverpool slumped to a 4-2 defeat in the Carling Cup against a resurgent Spurs at White Hart Lane. Continue reading ‘On the Spot’

When footballers play Icarus

•November 10, 2008 • 3 Comments
pic from Flickr user 'clappstar'

pic from Flickr user 'clappstar'

“Men of genius are the worst possible role models for men of talent”
Murray Edwards

There are three things in football which should only be the preserve of the greats. When players untouched by genius partake in one or more acts of this holy trinity, they are condemned to be justly and ruthlessly exposed. It is my hope that this post serves as a warning to any foolhardy, lesser-talented footballer who is close to acting upon his burgeoning delusions of grandeur. Remember the cautionary tale of Icarus: unless your wings have the brilliance to stand the heat, you will never reach the sun.

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