Monthly Archives: November 2010

The BBC and social media

I remember when online journalism arrived at the CBC national newsroom in Toronto in the mid 1990’s.  I worked on a program that produced hourly TV newscasts and because there wasn’t much of an online division then it fell upon … Continue reading

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Make it personal

Given that this is my first blog, I kept the search engine block on for a while until I found my voice.   I didn’t think I was there yet and so before I went public I showed it to friends and … Continue reading

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Live blogging with Cover it Live

I’ve just finished live blogging a Commons debate on the impact of budget cuts to policing in the West Midlands and am most impressed by the user-friendly web tool Cover It Live. Here’s a step by step guide for anyone … Continue reading

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Developing a community

2600 pageviews and counting!   It’s not what you’d call viral, but after three weeks online, our website has developed a respectable following. In order to find out who our users are and why they’re coming, I’m analyzing the … Continue reading

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Data journalism

I’ve tried my hand at another data journalism project and posted two articles about job cuts in Birmingham based on raw numbers and data visualizations at This is my second attempt at data, the first being a Google Map … Continue reading

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Britain’s budget cut day

After months of anticipation and speculation it seemed as though much of Britain was bracing itself for Chancellor George Osborne’s Comprehensive Spending Review on October 20th.    Depending on who was doing the prognosticating, the UK was going to tame … Continue reading

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Launching the website

The launch of  the website was timed to coincide with an anti-cuts rally in London that was to be attended by trade unionists from across Britain, including a busload of protestors from Birmingham.  It was our hope that by … Continue reading

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