At the recent Revival of Local Journalism conference the Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council, Ged Fitzgerald, reminded the audience of local journalists that he’s obliged to use local newspapers to publish statutory notices for planning, road closures and “all sorts of technical type stuff.” Continue reading
I have just launched a new newspaper for Birmingham. It has 24 pages of fantastic original content covering news, arts, politics, sport, satire. and more. What’s more, it’s written by some of the city’s best writers.
If the Syrian conflict is so heavily covered by Social Media, and therefore presumably front and centre in the public gaze, why is it also seemingly the least resolvable? Why has social media not changed anything there? That was the thrust of a question asked at the end of a great morning panel at the Media for Social Change Unconference at Birmingham City University (on Saturday 3rd May 2014). Continue reading
This video is over-shared but given I lead a course in Social Media I just want it to be clear that this video is not a good indication of what a course like mine is about (at times we’re probably closer to Stewart Lee’s grumpy cynicism). However, given I can still remember my own school song it does make me think a course song would be in order.
At the #rethinkmedia conference last week (March 25 2014 to be precise) I made the claim that my daughter had filmed a version of The Hunger Games using her Littlest Pet Shop toys. On arriving home I was put right on this and it turns out that despite making over 70 short films involving her Little Pet Shop figures (check out her ever-expanding Youtube channel), my 11 year old has never made a version of the Hunger Games.