One victory in the war on patent trolls…
Does a leaf falling mean forests have had their day? apparently so, in Press Gazette land…
Just next to where I’m sitting today, we’ve got podcasting training going on for the Estates Gazette, New Scientist and ICIS Heren teams, in our central London offices. It’s all in the capable hands of Ewan Spence (who has made the odd appearance on this blog before), and going rather swimmingly, from the sounds coming from the room.
Podcasting is one of those things that feels like it has sneaked its way onto the plateau of productivity on the Garner Hype Cycle, and thus everyone has stopped talking about it as something special and exciting. It’s a core part of my working day, as I listen to podcasts on my commute to and from work, using the time to catch up on the latest news and thinking in the areas that affect my work.
There was an interesting article published on GigaOm yesterday looking at the development of TWiT, one of the most successful podcast networks out there. Much to learn there, I think. Interesting video, too…
Clean layout, easy subscribe links for any service you could think of, and a nice integrated player. This is the way to do it.
- keep it short (15 to 25 mins)
- Have a major name interview subject
- Not too frequent (once or twice a month)
- The chair is very important, because she must manage the guests
My feet don’t seem to have touched the ground since I started back at EG on Wednesday. Things are moving pretty quickly.
First of all, we have a blog for MIPIM 2009 up and going, albeit in basic form. MIPIM is the huge property trade show that happens in Cannes in France annually. Popular property industry rumour suggests that it brings more money to the town than the film festival does. It’ll prove a fertile ground for the EG folks to experiment with, I’m sure, but for now it’s given over to two members of the industry who are riding to Cannes.
Also just launched is the first episode of the Estates Gazette podcast, produced by EGi’s multimedia reporter, Helen Roxburgh, with a little help from Mr Big Biofuel Blog. It’s not in iTunes yet (give us a week or so), but you can snag it from the Estates Gazette podcast site.
Oh, and one of my colleagues bought me a belated blog birthday cake:
On my commute into the office this morning I listened to the Meet the Author: Stephen Fry podcast from Apple. I highly recommend it. Fry is as entertaining a raconteur as ever, and his meandering history of computers and the internet is well worth listening to.
However, the meaty stuff kicks off at around 43 minutes in, as he starts talking about the reaction of journalists to Twitter and moves onto the relationship between the web and our culture. Mach to agree with, and much to provoke thought.
You can grab it from iTunes.