The solid steel ceiling of failure

Failure is my favourite word. Fail at 10 things a day and see how quickly failure loses its impact on you. I’ve been inspired this evening and made to realise just how unbreakable that ceiling can be for citizen journalists or any media that doesn’t have millionaire backing. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try …

Further sources — rounding up

Social media has been in the news recently because the current president of the United States, Donald Trump, was blocked from a succession of them. One side of the argument says that censoring hate speech and speech that incites violence is an important element of freedom of expression (true) and the other suggests that when …

Local/national responsibilities

The biggest news in the world right now, locally and nationally, is Covid and associated restrictions. It’s also a useful way to see about the limited powers local governments actually have. And the newsworthiness of it. And how news resources affect news agendas. Yesterday, for example, was a big day for school announcements. We were …

Post-holiday catch up

I have found myself on a bit of a holiday break but am now back to my routine. I kept collecting bits of information and found new sources. One very useful source was a blog on how to study and write as a researcher — tips etc. I found the details of what is needed …

Using news tools and making lists

I’ve been reading about digital forms of narrative recently. The impetus for some of the new topics is the advent of Alexa and other voice-reactive media sources. One worry that came up was that if the airwaves/alexa waves were controlled in quite specific ways then entire topics might be ignored by listeners. Then came the …

Plurality and working up a first draft

“At the heart of plurality concerns is a conviction that healthy democracies depend on the circulation and intersection of diverse voices and perspectives.” “One look at Google’s most recent patent filing for its news algorithm reveals just how much size matters in the world of digital news: the size of the audience, the size of the newsroom, …

Who controls the internet (controls the world)

The internet was created out of public resources — it was a military project worked on at universities. It is now (almost?) exclusively owned by corporations. I went to a 5G talk at the Watershed last year hoping to understand more about what the concerns were but instead got to hear the benefits of it. …

Social media is not just for citizen journalists

When I was envisaging this research, I only saw it from a citizen journalist’s perspective. The picture goes something like in Figure: But reading Basu, I have seen there are more elements to how ‘voices’ get amplified. The amplification and trust in the news is filtered through algorithms. “Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are among …

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