One Man and His Blog: April 2009 Archives

April 2009 Archives

April 30, 2009

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April 29, 2009

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April 28, 2009

How Journalists Treat Social Workers

Missed this while I was away:

Journalists vrs Social Workers: Mythology on Both Sides

Interesting example of specialist press attempting to correct the shallowness of reporting seen in the generalist press all too often.

[Disclosure: Community Care is published by my employer RBI]

Two Ways To Save Newspapers

Two things you should really look at today:

Steve Jackson, more widely known as ourman, has written a great post rethinking the way that newspapers should be run.

And, as highlighted by Martin, and originally produced by a German site, this video of Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger talking about journalism is thought-provoking viewing. The really juicy stuff starts about 1:53 in:

Alan Rusbridger on the Future of Journalism from Carta on Vimeo.

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April 27, 2009

Thanks to my RBI Guest Bloggers

I've had one of those roller-coaster ride first day back at work sort of days. We are most certainly in a time of rapid change...

However, I can't let the day pass without saying a big thank you to my guest bloggers while I was away:

  1. James Clark of the Road Transport group who gave us his CMS wishlist
  2. Martin Couzins of Travel Weekly who talked about the blurring of journalists' career paths
  3. Paul Norman of EGi gave us an insight into a major title just starting to adapt to the social media age.
  4. Tim Relf of Farmers Weekly explained that journalists are becoming their own brand.
  5. Stuart Clarke of Flight Global suggested that community is king.
There's some really good thoughts in their posts, and it gives me real hope for B2B journalism coming through this storm and out the other side as something more vibrant and exciting than it has ever been.

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April 26, 2009

Jeff Jarvis: Advice for specialist journalists

Joanna Geary posted this on her blog a month back, but I've only just found it in my feedreader. It's worth reposting:

Jeff Jarvis at SXSW: Advice to UK regional journalists from Joanna Geary on Vimeo.

Jeff Jarvis - associate professor at City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism, Guardian columnist and author of - speaking at SXSWi 09.
Jeff suggests that journalists need to establish personal connections to an audience in order to survive the current industry turmoil.

The Power of the National Press

Site Over-loaded
I typed in a link from an article in yesterday's Daily Telegraph that my wife showed me. The above the result.

Interesting to see that the national papers in the UK still have the power to bring down the odd website, even from the product pages of the property section...

(The link was to a company called Vivid Green, who make bespoke outdoor offices. I envy Piers his Norfolk social media shed, and aspire to my own once Lorna & I find our new home...)

1000 Followers on Twitter

1000 followers on Twitter
Going on holiday is a good move, it appears. Traffic on OM&HB is up, RSS subs are up and I've just hit 1,000 followers on Twitter.

I'm only following about half of the people who follow me - and 500 is about my ceiling. Twitter has evolved for me from something I only use to communicate with a small circle of friends, to something I use to monitor sentiment and activity amongst a whole load of people who work in similar fields to me.

And, interestingly, it has become my main internet presence, which significant amounts of traffic coming from it back to this (and other) blogs. I suspect we're only just seeing the potential of these real-time, flow applications to change how we publish.

April 25, 2009

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April 24, 2009

Why embracing technology and your community should be central to everything you do

Disco stu.jpgHi everyone, I'm Stuart Clarke (or Disco Stu or Maverick depending on where you meet me), Community Editor at, and I'm here to convince you that this is the most exciting time to work in journalism.

Okay, so maybe I am mixing up exciting with uncertain, but to me this is a fascinating period in journalism where, as Tim Relf suggests, the journalist can be free to bring in their personality to interact directly with their users, using the latest technologies to inform in new and exciting ways.

My job revolves around daily interaction with our audience and this relationship can be exciting and exasperating in equal measure, but it can never be characterised as dull. Working as a Community Editor is no different than speaking to people down the pub with similar interests so you have to be open to criticism, transparent in the debate and always promoting collaboration.

For too long there has been an assumption that we as news providers are the authority, that user generated content (a term that I think sounds like some kind of science experiment) is dismissed as inaccurate hullabaloo that exists outside or on the fringes of the news agenda.  

The community though is that agenda; they are our audience that buys our products or are affected by the latest news. You don't write things in the hope that one person out there will like it, so what is the problem with listening to the hopes and concerns of the people you are providing for to form what you write about.
Continue reading Why embracing technology and your community should be central to everything you do.

April 23, 2009

Getting personal

Guest blogger: Tim Relf, Farmers Weekly

Firstly, an apology.

Adam asked me, as a fellow RBI-er, to post on how technology is allowing new ways of working to emerge.

But I'd like to go off piste, because I figure he's away so won't be able to tell me off until he gets back.

What I'd like to talk about is personality - and how, in particular, blogging has allowed a lot of journalists to find theirs again.

relf-mug.jpgWhen I began my career, personality was largely irrelevant. I - like my colleagues - was encouraged to be anonymous. It was the story that counted, not the person who happened to write it.

What mattered - and this was especially true in business journalism - was the name of the mag, not the journalist. That was what people believed in, engaged with, paid for.

With the exception of a few columnists employed to be the face of predictably polarised views, most journalists remained in the background. They got a byline if they were lucky.

Blogging has changed that. It's put the personality back into journalists who forgot they had it.

Journalists, many of whom had forgotten how to have an opinion, are now being actively encouraged to express themselves and they're relishing it. They've found a voice, and readers are loving it.

Blogs can be all sorts of things (no one seems to have nailed a conclusive definition yet), but the ones I most enjoy are those which one person writes because it's that person's preoccupations, personality and voice that comes through. Individuality counts.

Continue reading Getting personal.

April 22, 2009

EGi News Editor's Guest Post

Hi all, 

Apologies for today's slightly belated guest blog for Adam - the damn Budget has somewhat got in the way of me jotting down my thoughts. I'm Paul Norman by the way, news editor of EGi, commercial property magazine Estates Gazette's web site.

It's fair to say that the day-to-day work of journalists writing for Estates Gazette and EGi has significantly changed in the past year because of the escalation of social media work. 

That's not to say we haven't been committed to online news for over a decade. There's a definite pride at EGi that the news desk for both the magazine and the site have basically been one and the same thing for several years - way before the mainstream newspapers embraced this work culture.

But 2009 has seen a desire to embrace new media platforms materialise into a real push towards getting our hands dirty.

All of this has been driven of course by a general understanding in the industry among journalists and more importantly their paymasters that there is a real danger of missing the boat if titles do not sign up to new media. Equally though it is clearly being driven by reader demand.

Continue reading EGi News Editor's Guest Post.

April 21, 2009

The blurring of journalist career paths

Martin blog avatar.jpgFeels a bit weird to be in the back office of Adam's blog. I'm Martin Couzins, managing editor at Travel Weekly (but not for long), and have been asked - along with some other Reed Business Information colleagues - to guest post while Adam is away.

I am interested in training and deliver some at RBI. I also post at and tweet @martincouzinsSo, here goes (for the second time as MT just crashed. Grrr) 

Yesterday was my read the paper day because I commute from Bath to Sutton in Surrey. I read the Guardian and Metro.

Jon Slattery's piece on the diminishing numbers of opportunities for journalist graduates made for depressing but none too surprising reading. What was depressing is that more and more students want to study journalism at a time when there are decreasing job opportunities. 

I then turned to Jeff Jarvis' column which made the point that newspaper proprietors have had plenty of time (20 years) to get their heads around the web and its impact on news. As either nothing or too little has been done too late, Jarvis says, we are now seeing the shift from print to digital unravel - this means job losses as old economy business models fail, a search for new business models etc.

The exciting thing here, Jarvis concludes, is that there will be new models for news and that the sooner these models are established the better for journalism.

But this will be of little comfort to journalists who are currently losing their jobs.

And then I came across the news that journalist Roy Greenslade is going to be writing a news blog about his local area (where he lives).


Continue reading The blurring of journalist career paths.

A CMS wish list

JD.jpgSo I'm the first up to write a guest post this week; I'd better introduce myself.

I'm James Clark, a colleague of Adam's, and despite what my job title ('assistant web editor') may lead you to believe, I work on both print and web.

You may have seen me commenting here on One Man and His Blog under the name 'JD', which is also the name I use on my own blog, The Engine Room.

Being a production bod with a background in subbing I'm involved with all the stages that a news story or a feature (for example) goes through between it being written and it being published. And in the case of the web, often after it is published too.

To do that I use a heap of systems: authoring tools, layout tools, a content management system, an 'editorial administration system', and our new web platform (which has its own CMS functionality). Not all of them communicate perfectly with each other, and not all of them were designed with the web in mind.

I'm not a techie, but I've been thinking for a while about what I'd really like from an integrated CMS (or CMS system, but that would be a good example of RAS syndrome).

Here's my wish list. Some of these things we have already; some we really should have; others will probably remain a pipe dream. And not a lot of them apply to those forms of journalism that lack a real workflow, such as blogging and tweeting...

Anyway, I'd like a CMS that:
Continue reading A CMS wish list.

April 20, 2009

Off on Holiday

Wiltshire Field
I've got a week-off, and out of respect for my wife, having a break and the nature of what I'm doing, I'll be taking the week off this blog as well.

But worry not! I have lined up an interesting miscellany of my colleagues to guest post through the week to come, to give you a whole range of interesting perspectives on B2B journalists making the transition to the digital world. I'm looking forward to reading their stuff when I get back. I hope you enjoy it as much.

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April 19, 2009

Bristol in HD (Flip Mino HD Test)

Somewhat later than promised, some more footage shot on my Flip Mino HD, this time during a walk in Bristol:

Bristol in HD from Adam Tinworth on Vimeo.

So far, the quality is really impressing me.

April 16, 2009

How Guido Fawkes Felled Damian McBride

Worth a read:

The whole McBride saga has been a fascinating study of the dance between bloggers, mainstream media and the centralising urge of government. I really must blog more about it when I have a little more time. 

April 15, 2009

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April 14, 2009

Why Access Is No Longer Journalists' Advantage

I recently nicked this image off Lloyd's blog for a presentation to show just how much journalism is changing:

Blogger PassOne of the key advantages that many journalists cite to me that they have over bloggers is access - access to events, to key figures, and so on. Yet, when bloggers are getting accreditation for major events like the London G20 Summit, you know the media landscape has shifted. Bloggers have access, too. What else do you bring to the table, journalists?

April 13, 2009

1992: Beards, Politics & Graduate Unemployment

Another blast from the VHS past: here's a clip from a 1992 episode of Kilroy, featuring me in my student union activist days, opining about graduate unemployment:

April 10, 2009

Video, 1989-Style

Something a little different for Friday evening. I've been digitising some old VHS videos from Mum's house, and this is an extract from the school video shot by one of my teachers at school, back in my final year, 1989. Can you spot my 17-year old self?

Dollar Academy Civvies Day 1989 from Adam Tinworth on Vimeo.

I shudder to think how much the video camera must have cost, and how poor the quality is compared to a cheapo Flip today...

April 8, 2009

Why Free Devalues Print

image1120448186.jpgI'm sat on the 521 bus, making my way home, and next to me is a pile of abandoned freesheets that could conceivably constitute a fire hazard. And I can't help wondering if they're doing more damage than just stealing sales from paid newspapers.

Papers have always been a disposable medium - that's part of the appeal. But the commuter freesheets are taking that concept to an extreme, creating a product that's grabbed thoughtlessly and chucked away just as easily. That's devaluing the work of journalists far more than any free-to-air website...

The Future of Investigative Journalism

While I'm in an embedding mood, this interview with DigiDave by John Welsh is well worth watching, for its thoughts about how journalism might be funded in future:

The Twouble with Twitter

OK, the world and her husband have already posted this, but I finally got around to watching it this afternoon. The Fail Whale is in it. You have to watch it (if you haven't already. Which you probably have):

Why I Won't Miss Press Gazette

I feel strangely out of step with the journalist blogging community today. I've been catching up on my feeds, and I find them full of eulogies for the late Press Gazette, and calls for it to rise (yet again) from the dead.

Personally, I don't give a toss, and won't mourn it. The loss of three people's jobs? That I care about. The loss of Press Gazette? Not so much.

Its time had gone, it missed its chance, and we don't actually need a Press Gazette any more. As Sarah Alison noted, the ever-lovely has been more than adequately filling the role that Press Gazette's website used to occupy in my life for a long time now, mainly because its team actively interact with the wider journo-blogging community.

So, what is there to miss? Martin Cloake suggests the following:

But while there is variety and diversity, there isn't the impact and authority a central platform for genuine debate and discussion about our trade needs. Perhaps this is the challenge before us now - to develop, probably online, that living resource about the way we do our job, and the ways we could do it.
And I couldn't disagree more, really. 
Continue reading Why I Won't Miss Press Gazette.

April 7, 2009

Headlines I Find Very Unlikely #3

image1373177881.jpgAh, the Metro. Bringing us ever more unlikely headlines for the morning commute...

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April 3, 2009

First Flip Mino HD Test

I took delivery of a new toy this morning: a Flip Mino HD. Here's my very first experiment with it, quickly knocked up in the on-board editing software (remember to switch HQ on to see it at its best):

Expect some more comprehensive tests over the weekend, once I've got access to my Mac and iMovie....

April 1, 2009

Reporting the G20 Protests with Social Media

g20 protest in London

My work schedule means that I'm sat in Sutton today, while all the reporting action is up in central London, as the police clash with G20 protesters in the City. So, I'm stuck in suburbia, desperately trying to fathom out what's happening through the internet. Two things have caught my attention though:

  1. I'm getting my news faster through Twitter. I'm better able to follow what's happening through my normal Twitter stream and through The Guardian's rather nice combination of Twitter and ScribbleLive 
  2. There's lots of innovation going on in ways of reporting it. The BBC map-based interface is particularly nice. The Times is using CoverItLive.

Blog Posting is Pavlovian

I just had to reproduce this wonderful piece of advice from Flightblogger to the rest of the Flight Global bloggers:

Second, posting is Pavlovian. The more frequently you post, the more readers will come to read your material. Eventually, they will come as a loyal reader and will return even if you don't ring the dinner bell. Keep blogging!
I just love the way he phrased that...


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