The nominations are out for the Midlands Media Awards and it’s great to see so many former students and colleagues up for the prizes.
But it was disappointing to see the ‘Blogger of the Year’ category looking strangely empty.
Seems I’m not the only one who has decided to bid farewell to Stoke, with the news that the editor of The Sentinel, Mike Sassi, is also departing.
I met Mike on a couple of occasions during my time at Staffordshire University and, while it’s fair to say our thoughts on the role of digital in a newsroom were pretty opposite, it was always interesting to hear his well-informed views on regional news.
Excuse the language, but as the quote says ‘never bullshit a bullshitter’.
As reporters we’re pretty good at spotting people who have ‘borrowed’ bits of our work. You know the sort, where the story has perhaps been given a bit of a makeover but turns of phrase stick out like footprints in the snow.
Goodbye, I’m going home – a lyric from one of my favourite Oasis tracks of all time. It also sums up the situation I find myself in at the moment.
Back in December, I was interviewed for a job at Birmingham City University (BCU) and in January I decided to take them up on the offer. When I write it like that, it seems like such an easy, quick and painless move, but that doesn’t do justice to the scale of the decision I made.
Rupert Murdoch has long deemed news aggregators to be the enemy of profit. Much of his battle has been at the higher end of the spectrum, with Google in particular the target of his salvos.
Like chasing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, journalism is continually striving for the solution to the future of the industry.
Some really interesting comments are coming out of the demise of Everyblock and the news that Patch isn’t rolling in the bucks quite as planned.
So it is the demise of hyperlocal as we know it?
Former Coventry Telegraph editor Darren Parkin has been sharing his thoughts on how the UK newspaper industry can find a way forward.
Now in charge of a magazine in the Canary Islands, he insists decision-makers need to act now if they are to save the industry.