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Having spent a previous gig at this venue trying, and failing, to actually 'see' Imogen Heap, I arrived just before doors opened and took up a decent spot right in the centre of the balcony. Good spot for recording some of the tunes with my Flip (YouTube links below). First up was Crazy Arm who's twin Gibson SG attack made them sound a bit like AC/DC doing Brit country (a good thing, BTW), and they were followed by Chuck Regan. Chuck's quite a trad country rocker, his voice is ragged and he stomps his massive boots over the venue like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2010 at Andy Channelle's blog
I work at the University of the West of England as an instructor in journalism. Most of the courses I teach on have a strong practice element, meaning a lot of computer use, and the majority of the students are girls/young women. I hear, almost on a weekly basis, the deathless phrase "I'm rubbish with computers." And in all but one notable case, this was uttered by a girl. Where did this idea come from? "The omission of women from the history of computer science perpetuates misconceptions of women as uninterested or incapable in the field [...] rendered invisible." Jennifer... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at Andy Channelle's blog
When the editor-in-chief of the city's biggest paper begins a speech with the words 'I am one of the most internet and technology aware editors in the industry...' you kind of know he's going to spend the next five or ten minutes proving comprehensively through his words and responses that he doesn't have a clue. And so it was with last night's panel discussion on how new media can improve journalism and news media in general. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at Andy Channelle's blog
As the snow chucks itself down outside my hotel window in Dortmund, I finally have a chance to reflect on my involvement in this large European Project. I also have a couple of bottles from the bier vending machine which should help lubricate my brain somewhat and the News Quiz on the iPlayer. Dortmund is an interesting city*; we went to an old, abandoned coal mine last night which had apparently been designed as a sort of simulation (or simulacra) of a small German town with buildings designed to give the feel of a church, townhall and firestation in order... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2010 at Andy Channelle's blog
The early ideal of the web was read/write. That is, it would be as easy to contribute to a page as it would to consume. Early adopters were slightly Utopian believing the end of 'big media' was imminent and a new age of personal expression - to be inevitably followed by a new age of personal freedom - was there for the taking. This idea turned sour, though, as big media reasserted itself and convinced most users that the internet, this symmetrical masterpiece, was just another broadcast medium and the best way to enjoy it was to simply consume. Large... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2010 at Andy Channelle's blog
It was announced last week that the population of Facebook now exceeds that of America. Since mid-September the social networking service has added 50 million users, which means it now finds itself with 350 million of them. via www.guardian.co.uk Why no comments option on John Naughton's columns? He should embrace the tech and the community. Oh, and write something that isn't as shallow as a duck pond in the Sahara. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2009 at Andy Channelle's blog
'The Guardian has teamed up with more 50 papers worldwide to run the same front-page leader article calling for action at the climate summit in Copenhagen, which begins tomorrow. This unprecedented project is the result of weeks of negotiations between the papers to agree on a final text, in a process that mirrors the diplomatic wrangling likely to dominate the next 14 days in Copenhagen.' via www.guardian.co.uk This looks like a pretty good example of how RSS syndication works, but with added paper and translations. Already, though, I can see pencils being sharpened as newspaper editors transgress that mythical boundary... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2009 at Andy Channelle's blog
This is a film about expectations and anticipation. The trailers have done such a good job at creating aprehension for some people in the audience that the mere movement of a door is cause for sharp intakes of breath or a quiet shreik. So this is two reviews. Alison, my wife, came along because she'd already seen New Moon, we both refuse to watch 2012, and I was interested in seeing this. She wasn't actually predisposed to watching - in fact, she bought along a dog-eared copy of To Kill a Mockingbird in case she got bored and wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2009 at Andy Channelle's blog
Tim Quirk was the singer of punk-pop outfit Too Much Joy, signed by Warner Bros. in 1990. Now he's an executive at an online music service, giving him insight on digital sales data and just how labels fudge their numbers. via gizmodo.com My book royalty statements are faintly depressing, but at least they don't have figures like -$395,277 on them. This article makes me feel glad we never got beyond publishing negotiations with my band. Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2009 at Andy Channelle's blog
As newspapers consider charging for access to their online content, some publishers have asked: Should we put up pay walls or keep our articles in Google News and Google Search? In fact, they can do both - the two aren't mutually exclusive. There are a few ways we work with publishers to make their subscription content discoverable. Today we're updating one of them, so we thought it would be a good time to remind publishers about some of their options. via googlenewsblog.blogspot.com Back to the Paywall debate, and Google* has done what might easily be called 'calling Rupert's bluff'. Essentially... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2009 at Andy Channelle's blog
via www.thornburypeople.co.uk This is a pretty interesting experiment on a micro news service. Thornbury is a town of 12,500(ish) people and is catered to by one local newspaper (The Gazette) and now two different structured news websites (MyThornbury and thornburypeople). The former appears to be locally owned - though I can't confirm this yet - while the latter was created by Associated Northcliffe Digital and is probably part of a much larger network of news sites covering small communities. It will be interesting to follow their respective fortunes. Note: Thornbury People came up in a Facebook ad, and it's the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2009 at Andy Channelle's blog
One of the first decisions a group when building a website is the actual name of the project. There are a ton of things that can influence this decision such as the availability of a domain name, demographics, site approach, mode of address, etc. As it's so important, the university's two (slightly competitive) Multimedia Journalism workgroups spent some time working through the naming process over a couple of weeks. Lots of names were suggested, analysed and eventually dropped and the two that were finally settled upon were: Lost Threads The Mild Mild West Lost Threads This was thought to suggest... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2009 at Andy Channelle's blog
The result was a diverse press that could perform the fourth estate duty of speaking truth to power via www.guardian.co.uk And so continues the great paywall debate. Tim Luckhurst has put his head above the parapet ready for readers to take potshots. Unfortunately he's offered such as weak set of arguments that the target is fairly large. He points out, for example, that the web has caused lots of journalists to lose their jobs and the presence of a journalist in local courts and council chambers is now a rarity. What's missing is the fact that these people have been... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2009 at Andy Channelle's blog
Video Professor continues to be angry that I called them a scam in my original Scamville post. They’ve gotten nowhere reaching out to me directly (more on that below), so now they’ve tried complaining to the Washington Post, which has syndicated our content since 2008. The Washington Post stood firm beside us today and kept our original post as written. Good for them. via www.techcrunch.com Arrington is a fan of process journalism and the 'subjective but transparent' model that I'm always talking about in Multimedia Journalism workshops. This is an interesting argument that he's having. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2009 at Andy Channelle's blog
These questions came to mind when I read How Murdoch Can Really Hurt Google And Shift The Balance Of Power In Search in TechCrunch recently. In that piece Mike Arrington supported Jason Calacanis' suggestion that Murdoch stick it to Google by cutting an exclusive search deal with rival search engine Bing. Even Jay Rosen took the same side. (Though perhaps in jest.) via www.linuxjournal.com With respect once more to Nick Davies's remarks about Murdoch and the web the other night. I suggested to Nick that Murdoch may make a bit of a splash if he decides to shift everything to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2009 at Andy Channelle's blog
Nick Davies, acclaimed journalist and author of Flat Earth News, came to Bristol for the annual Tony Benn/Arnolfini Lecture. The venue was well attended by UWE students (well done team!) and staff, as well as local journalists and other interested innocent bystanders. The lecture began with a nice, concise definition of what a journalist should do: which could be boiled down to 'tell the truth' and then detailed the ways in which they don't through a small selection of well-chosen case studies. The newspaper industry, he suggested, is now structurally corrupt. It has too much power and influence, no responsibility... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2009 at Andy Channelle's blog
Any fan of a) US TV drama; b) police procedurals; or c) swearing is likely to be aware of David Simon's work on two landmark crime dramas. Homicide: Life on the Streets and The Wire took up the baton from Steve Bochco's Hill Street Blues and took the viewers to places they never imagined a cop show would go. Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets (which obviously inspired its similarly titled TV show) is an extended journalistic feature that follows the work of a squad of detectives in the Baltimore homicide department over the course of one year. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2009 at Andy Channelle's blog
Stories about newspapers adopting a paid content business model tend to come around fairly often. It's obviously easier to talk about this than to implement it because previous efforts to convince users to pay have failed miserably. Murdoch now thinks he's found a way to fix the problem... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2009 at Andy Channelle's blog
There is a consensus forming that journalism on the web is not simply following the traditional remediation path where the form of one medium becomes the content of the next. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2009 at Andy Channelle's blog
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