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After the London riots: some links

Burned out car

A burned-out car not far from my Lewisham flat, from a photo set by Tom Royal.

A rough night in London, as looters smashed up and burnt high streets all over the capital.

Morning has dawned, with the #riotcleanup hashtag, promoted early on by Dan Thompson, helping people co-ordinate themselves to clean up the damage of the night before. Proof, if you want it, that social media is inherently neutral, and that people can use it for good or ill.

Some links:

Clapham looks shut this morning:

[via @greencourier]

More as I find them.

Update: 10.10am

Eager to get going #clapham #riotcleanup #londonriots on Twitpic

People waiting to join #riotcleanup in Clapham, via Simon Parsons

Update: 10.20am

Update: 10.45am

The Great Harry pub in Woolwich (via @darryl1974)

The Great Harry pub, Woolwich  on Twitpic

Feels like a miracle that no-one’s been killed in the riots yet, especially when you see this:

Update: 12:01pm

There’s been a definite shift away from recording the damage and arranging positive action, into blame-storming and political posturing, which I’m less interested in chronicling.

Here’s a last link for now, channeling the positive vibe of this morning.

In Video: Boris Goes Shopping

Oh, OK. Misleading headline. More actually, London’s mayor went to Westfield’s new Stratford shopping centre to celebrate the topping out of the John Lewis store there. And an EG journalist was there with a Flip Video camera in hand to record Boris Johnson giving a speech at Stratford:

Another way journalists can get more value out of these junkets without much additional effort or cost. Carry the audience with you into the event.

What A Free Evening Standard Did For Me

Evening Standard Vendors

The London Evening Standard: free for one day only!
Yes, from lunchtime today onwards, distributors in lurid orange t-shirts were distributing free copies of the new-look Evening Standard to Londoners. 
Well, all it did for me was convince me not to shell out for the Standard ever again. Why? Well, take a look at the lead story - a city "tycoon" in a divorce case has revealed that he was keeping two families. And this is the biggest story in one of the greatest cities in the world?

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Media Vacuums Will Be Filled

Time Out‘s Big Smoke blog makes a valid point about London blogging:

However, if we are looking at north vs south, one thing stands out: when it comes to blogging, the south wins hands down,and the south-east in particular.

As someone who used to be a south-east London blogger (before I got distracted by this whole journalism thing), I couldn’t agree more. However, the 853 blog identifies a key reason why this might be:

The main reason is because this corner of the capital has, frankly been ignored by the rest of the media for decades. The Tube network barely touches it, so it may as well not exist to the kind of closed-minded north/west London media type who gets a nosebleed more than a mile off the Underground system. I get as pissed off as anyone with tedious misrepresentation of south-east London in the media, and most of it’s down to sheer laziness and ignorance. The South London Press (no coverage east of Deptford) aside, local media’s a bit of a joke so it’s quite easy to tell a story that, simply, isn’t being told.

And for us still in the media, that’s something to remember. Because the new breed of publisher – the ones doing it for pure passion, at virtually no cost – will and up wounding us where we’re weakest. Because we’ve neglected parts of our audience, pandered to our own prejudices and missed opportunities.