From pub backroom to the west end

Tooting’s nomadic theatre company has hit the big time, but here’s how it all started…

Back in 2011 I made a short-lived attempt to launch a hyperlocal blog focusing on the cultural life of the Balham and Tooting areas of London where I was living at the time.

Sadly, I had to wind up the blog after a couple of months, because it was always intended to be a collaborative project and no bloggers had come forward to share the load. Still, in its brief life it contained some pretty good content including coverage of the launch of Tooting Arts Club, a local theatre group formed in early 2011. Continue reading

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Up to speed

My final technology column for the Journalist was published just before Christmas and I decided to take the opportunity to reflect a little on how technology has changed our jobs. I also tried to gee up some of the tech-wary journalists by explaining how technology opens the door to so many potential stories. Continue reading

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FiLMiC Pro – review

A screenshot of FiLMiC Pro

With more and more journalists using iPhone to record video for broadcasting online or on television, I thought it was a good time to look at the an app that is said to be the industry leader. FiLMiC pro is recommended by the Journalism.co.uk website and mobile journalism trainer Glen Mulcahy, among others. The app itself includes some useful pointers about how to use it but you can find some good tips on the developer’s homepage.

You can read my story here: FiLMiC Pro – review: the Journalist May / June

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Robot journalism

This spring has seen a mix of successes and failures for programmers hoping to automise elements of journalism.

In mid-March the LA Times broke the news of an earthquake in the city within minutes of it taking place with a story written by a robot, but published by a human. Continue reading

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The Journalist, March / April 2014

Livescribe 3 Pen Notebook App

One of the technology trends that media experts predicted for 2014 is a shift away from mainstream social networks towards private apps like Snapchat and Whatsapp, which are also known as chat apps. My column focused on the challenge for journalists who are going to have to find new ways of connecting with these audiences either for newsgathering or sharing news with them. You can read the column here. Continue reading

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The Journalist, December 2013 / January 2014: Sensor Journalism

In this issue, I decided to look at sensor journalism in the tech column, essentially data journalism is when electronic sensors are used to collect data for stories. It is seen as good pairing with data journalism, indeed sensor journalism can help to fill a gap when data is missing. Continue reading

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Journalist technology column: Journalism drones / Google Reader alternatives

The use of drones in warfare has been rightly controversial. But they are also attracting the interest of journalists and with two US Journalism schools teaching students how to use drones for reporting it was a good time to look at this new tool for the technology colum.

There are a lot of ethical, legal and regulatory issues to consider, and while drones clearly have their uses, some journalists will clearly feel uncomfortable with this innovation.

Here are some links to articles I found useful when researching this feature. You can also see links to content on alternatives to Google Reader, which relate to my review of Feedly.

You can download the Journalist from the NUJ website.

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