With an increasing sense that we’re edging towards a time of TV cameras in courtrooms, there’s a tale from across the Atlantic that leads to a discussion about the level of ‘warts and all’ coverage we really need.
The airing of a recent Scottish murder trial, together with a call to allow certain elements of court proceedings to be filmed, seems to show an appetite for such coverage.
Forget Geordie Shore, Big Brother or any other fly-on-the-wall type programming, if we really wanted to see the odd side of society, local politics would be a pretty good place to start.
In my experience local councillors tend to be a mixed bag. From those striving to take the first steps on a political career through to those who have all the impact of a pebble case into the Atlantic, the mystical world of the Council Chamber has it all.
It seems Local People was a pretty apt name for the series of websites currently run by Local World – because they will be responsible for ensuring its success now.
The company has confirmed that 25 freelance community publishers have departed because they now have “sufficient” users to allow the sites to sustain themselves.
Could The Guardian’s coffee shop idea help stave off the thirst for out of town bases in local news?
There’s every reason to believe the beancounters (excuse the pun) will be happy with the Guardian’s new coffee shop.
Social media has been awash with chatter about the new project, which is designed to be somewhere to pick up a brew as well as being a space for journalists to work from.
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.