Posted on August 21, 2010 by laurao1
At work we’ve relaunched TNTJ or “Tomorrow’s News, Tomorrow’s Journalists“. The idea is a blog network for young journalists and journalism students to share their experiences, be given an instant audience for blog posts and seek advice from their peers.
The team of moderators behind it are journalists currently studying or starting out on their careers, so why not support them by signing up and adding your two pennies to this month’s debate:
We’re hoping to add advice guides and Q&A features with more experienced journalists, as well as monthly topics for debate.
Even if you might not think of yourself as a young journalist – you can still comment and http://www.twitter.com/tntj.
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Posted on April 30, 2010 by laurao1
I watched all of the televised leaders’ debates and enjoyed them, but the same thing struck me during each: numbers were seemingly plucked from the air by each candidate to back up their points.
This is nothing new for politicians, but with the multi-platform coverage of the debates has any news site been fact-checking these persuasive stats?
If someone is already doing so let me know – I’d find it really useful – but in the mean time, I wrote down all the figures used as evidence by the leaders last night. I want to see where these numbers are coming from and if they are correct.
Help me fact check them!
Gordon Brown said:
- Standard income tax rate has dropped from 23-20p since Labour came in and Labour has raised tax rate for +£100,000 earners by 50p;
- 6 million people in this country benefit from tax credits;
- 50,000 jobs are being made available through the Future Jobs Fund;
- 1 million more home owners than there were 10 years ago;
- 2 million more people in work than in 1997;
- There are currently 900,000 young people in training, employment or education, which is a record.
David Cameron said:
- At the moment 5 million people are on outbof work benefits;
- In every £4 this government spends, £1 is borrowed;
- The budget deficit for the UK this year is forecast to be bigger than Greece;
- 60,000 jobs in manufacturing have been lost in the Uk in the past three years;
- In the last 13 years more than 1 million people have been given citizenship;
- Closer to 1 million people came from Poland to the UK when it joined the EU;
- Never been lower than 140,000 immigrants a year under Gordon Brown; under last Conservative government it was never above 70,000 a year;
- There are 17,000 attacks each year on teachers.
Nick Clegg said:
- A teaching assistant earns around £10,000 a year;
- 80% of people who come into this country come from the European Union;
- There are 1.8 million families still on the waiting list for Affordable Homes.
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Posted on April 23, 2010 by laurao1
Had an interesting email from the editor and founder of a hyperlocal news site this week. The independent site has been going for around two years and as such the editor wants to join an accredited industry body – but which and why?
It’s a business and a professionally run site, so a citizen journalism network/body wouldn’t suit; it doesn’t and has never had a print equivalent, so it’s interests aren’t really represented by bodies founded on those grounds.
It’s an ongoing conversation, but I did recommend looking about Talk About Local – while it’s a project not a trade body as such and works with sites being run for both journalistic and non-journalistic motivations – its establishing a network of independent sites that I think will become increasingly influential on the local and community media scenes.
But I’d be interested to know from other local news bloggers/journalists/independent news sites whether they’d like an official body to belong to? What would the benefits be, or is something already emerging that goes beyond traditional ideas of an accredited industry body?
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Posted on March 1, 2010 by laurao1
Following on from my post about the 4am project – word of another art/community/multimedia initiative dropped into my inbox.
Sound Maps of London Road is a joint project between community artist Esther Springett, Matt Weston from Slack Space Brighton and Graeme Walker of Coach Werks. Its aim is to record the sounds and stories of London Road – an area of Brighton that, as the project, suggests has received a “bad press”:
Our hope is to produce an interactive sound map for public access. The edited collection of stories and sounds will form an audio archive and guide for the local community and beyond. Together we will record the cultural richness and revitalise the soul of this part of Brighton & Hove!
There are mapping workshops for locals (unfortunately I live too far off the patch) next weekend (6th) and on the 12th and 13th. Full details on the project’s website. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes out of it and how the present it.
(See also the excellent Save Our Sounds project to create an interactive sound map of the world; and Artists and Makers’ Empty Shops Network.)
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