Becoming a journalist

In today’s thoughts, I’m looking at how we learn to frame stories and examine how this helps you provide authority in journalism. There’s a scene in Frasier where Roz has just announced she’s pregnant and pretends to Bulldog that it’s his baby. She paints a scene that leaves him terrified and quaking. She then adds …

In the Guardian, the clean air zone

In an audience with the mayor (July 2019), cllr Paula O’Rourke brought up some research she had read about in the Guardian to do with polluting cars. She said it was more robust than other analysis because it used MOT data (administrative data is a wonderful resource) and so could track which cars were the …

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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