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First look at Virgin Galactic – a work in progress

  The BBC’s Richard Scott has shown us around the Virgin Galactic spaceship, the first journalist to be allowed inside. It is very obviously not finished yet – but it would appear that £125,000 (we assume for a return ticket) may not … Continue reading

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VJ Virgin – this is stressful stuff

I write having just shot my first footage on a flip camera, uploaded the three videos to youtube and then tweeted them to people – I am so proud! However, I am also fairly exhausted. Whilst I appreciate that this is … Continue reading

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Video from RTS meeting about Big Fat Gypsy Weddings

Just been to the meeting at the Royal Television Society hosted by Firecracker Productions – makers of the series Big Fat Gypsy Weddings. Very lively debate, particularly as there were a number of gypsies and travellers in the audience who … Continue reading

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Facebook – all talk and no trousers?

I have always been a little confused by Facebook – possibly because I don’t have that many friends in real life and I suspect I would have even fewer in cyberland. However, it seems to be the most powerful force … Continue reading

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Somebody agrees with me!!!!!!

It gladdens my little heart – I am not alone in my worries about online journalism. This excellent report confirms my concerns about the use of videos with no analysis and context, and the news channels relying upon them. reading

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Careless tweeting costs jobs

The London University academic who posted derogatory comments on Twitter about a TV reporter who was sexually assaulted in Egypt has resigned. Nir Rosen, 33, said CBS’s Lara Logan would “become a martyr and glorified” and was “probably just groped” during an … Continue reading

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And another lesson in VJ

This is a website I wish I had seen before – in 2008  the American News Report started. Their mission statement:  “exclusively dedicated to creating original, independent video journalism for the Web”. It appears as if they stopped reporting in … Continue reading

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VJ as it used to be.

As I was pondering the impact of video journalism on news reporting, I started to recall some of my earliest memories of ground-breaking news. 4th June 1989, the crackdown in Tiananmen Square started in earnest. I was 16 years old … Continue reading

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A little speculation can be a dangerous thing

When the news first broke of the shooting in Tucson, Arizona on 8th January 2011 which killed 6 people and seriously injured 13 more,including US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, I googled the name of the alleged shooter- Jared Lee Loughner – … Continue reading

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One Person, One Camera – A Good Thing?

                                  Screengrab from video hosted by BBC News Online As a news junkie I should be grateful that everybody can now be a journalist, filming on their own mobile phones, video cameras and i -things, right? Well, I’m not so sure. … Continue reading

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