Citizen journalism: 'interesting' is not the same as 'important'

The Financial Times noted* yesterday that news stories that are popular with Web users have little commonality with the stories deemed important by professional news organisations. The FT was reporting the results of a week-long study conducted by the Project…

Facebook to knock down garden wall

Long criticised for being a ‘walled garden’ that doesn’t share its data with the wider internet, Facebook is now preparing to make its members’ profile information searchable by Google. While some will see this as a victory for transparency and…

The curious incident of the female bloggers in the night-time

CNet reports that last week’s BlogHer conference for female bloggers was a media wash-out, with only three pieces of coverage in the local Chicago press, and none in the national press. (via Deep Edition) “While a 2006 Pew report found…

Can social media save local media?

Via Cultural Snow I recently came across an inspiring story from the BBC in India. The BBC reports that Gaurishankar Rajak, a barely-educated washerman, has dedicated the last 21 years to publishing a handwritten local newspaper, Din Dalit, exposing corruption…

Keeping up with the Joneses

You don’t need to have read Jeremy Paxman’s soul-searching MacTaggart lecture from the recent MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival to know that the British television industry is in a bit of a flap. Shrinking audiences, more channels competing for the…

No time to think?

The ‘is blogging dead?’ debate continues, with Drew Benvie noting that Guardian tech reporter Bobbie Johnson has given up his blog. Johnson – whose relationship with Little Red Boat‘s Anna Pickard made him half of one of UK blogging’s top…

How dare you call me inhuman!

For reasons I’ve yet to fathom, Google has decided this blog is a spam blog. Every time I edit or post something, I have to type a word verification to prove I’m human. I’ve actually had to request that a…

Not with a bang but a food fight

According to Facebook, I have 52 friends. This is extremely modest by Facebook standards. I’m clearly no Robert Scoble, who has amassed more than 4,500 chums since Facebook opened its doors to the hoi polloi last September. Scoble’s enormous posse…

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