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video by Dan Davies

Although i wasn’t able to go with my colleagues because i’m flat broke, the MA students went to London last week to visit the BBC newsroom and especially the UGC unit. Since i can’t tell you much about it, here are the videos Dan and Caroline made.

Apesar de não ter podido ir com os meus colegas porque estou assim nas lonas, os estudantes do MA foram a Londres a semana passada visitar a redacção da BBC em especial o departamento de UGC. Como não posso contar como foi, aqui ficam os videos que a Caroline e o Dan fizeram.

videos by Caroline Beavon

news:rewired – the start

News Rewired eventLast Thursday i attended the news:rewired event, organized by the great Journalism.co.uk team. I have to say that the source of most of my excitment when i got to the London City University, where the conference was held, was the fact that i’d see in the flesh many of my twitter contacts. But it seems i’m 16 again and i’m not able to engage in a conversation at conference foyers. Being dead tired after a long day, in panic because i’m really late with my assignments for the MA and nearly broke doesn’t help, but i’m always good at finding excuses (you can hire me if you need someone for that). It was a good place to network in a more active way, and i failed. My charm doesn’t seem to work around here. But the presentations were good, the event had a main idea running throughout the day, and the crowd was diverse and knowledgeable about media, with different backgrounds and expertises. And that already made the event a winner.

Looking through my notes, i find some terrific quotes that by themselves define the spirit of the event. “Professor of chaos”, that’s how George Brock, Professor and Head of Journalism at London City University, defined himself. But big events in History are surrounded by chaos, and this one in news industry is no exception. Brock then said we had to be “spaghetti throwers”, which as a foreigner, looks like a great image to me. He then gave way to Kevin Marsh, editor of the BBC College of Journalism, that explained to the audience how the BBC made online the center of their news operation, in the biggest multimedia newsroom in the world. Marsh said the evolution process inside the newsroom was so fast they couldn’t even reflect on what was going on, and he took a great lesson out of that experience: “If you think you know the answer, it’s because you didn’t got the question.”

“Entrepreneurial journalism won’t replace big journalism” could sound like a statement against the main current at news:rewired, but it is a great warning for those who are getting the wrong picture about new media. Marsh defends multimedia skills will not suplant journalistic skills but “they suplement the core skills of journalism”. He said there’s no room for a PanMedia journalist, but for journalists with specific skills. We can think this is a step back in the new media philosophy, but i’m also joining this bandwagon. It’s good to know a bit about everything, but we need to be specialists in something. Kevin Marsh also left some good advices for journo students and pros:

-keep learning;
-think like a journalist when you look at the skill set that you need;
-think about what you do well and how the new skills fit with the old ones;
-if the skill is not working for you, drop it.When you stop innovating you should move on.

And he reinforced these ideas by saying “Skills are means to an end”, we spend too much time talking about applications and not about what they can do. But if God is in the details, he gave a final warning: “Don’t lose sight of the big picture.”

The man is right. Check his keynote in full below.

In the next posts i’ll talk about how the rest of the day went. There is a post about Marsh’s ideas here, but you might want to check Nigel Barlow’s insights too.

news:rewired – city university, london, 14/01/2010

Are you going? You should.
Are you going? You should.

This is one of those things i’ll try not to miss: Journalism.co.uk, the online journalism website par excellence, is turning 10, and they’re organizing a conference dedicated to what-you-know-what. So if you’re into the present and future of journalism, sign up, it’s on the 14th of January and it costs the fair amount of 80£. By the way, have i ever told you that my blog is on their list?

In Journalism.co.uk’s own words:

news:rewired, a one-day meet-up organised by Journalism.co.uk at City University, London will bring together leading multimedia journalists and digital news editors and look beyond our industry to data experts and e-commerce specialists, generating original ideas for ways of working and practical advice you can use straightaway.

news:rewired wants to help you do better journalism – whether that’s learning the basics of videojournalism or discovering new social media tools through which to tell your stories –  by providing speakers who are already changing how it’s done.

“It’s always been our goal to educate as well as observe at Journalism.co.uk, and news:rewired represents the culmination of our accumulated efforts in that direction over the past decade,” added Journalism.co.uk founder John Thompson.

Multimedia, mash-ups and making money – this is the news business rewired.

Full details are at www.newsrewired.com, but here’s the basic outline:

Who’s it for?

  • Journalists: staffers, freelancers, editors, newsroom executives, trainees and students from all sectors, as well as those looking to get back into the industry
  • Journalism trainers, tutors and teachers
  • Anyone in media, journalism and communications with an interest in where our industry is headed

When and where?

  • news:rewired will take place on 14 January 2010 at London’s City University from 10am – 5:15pm.

What’s going on?

  • Session 1: Multimedia

Choose from three groups: videojournalism; social media for journalists; a troubleshooting panel for all your online journalism needs.

  • Session 2: Collaboration

Take your pick from three discussions on forming partnerships, covering: user-generated content, data and local media.

  • Session 3: Making Money

No event for modern-day journalists would be worth attending without a discussion on making money. But there’ll be no wishful ‘blue sky thinking’ here, just a look at what’s worked, what hasn’t and where the opportunities are for online journalists.

How much will it cost?

news:rewired tickets are £80+ VAT and can be bought at this link.

For more information contact:

Laura Oliver (laura [at] journalism.co.uk) or Judith Townend (judith [at] journalism.co.uk) on +44 (0)1273 384290

And follow @newsrewired on Twitter

#MAOnlineJournalism: week 4 on #MoJo with @alisongow and @timesjoanna


This week has been really busy (again, and it looks it will only get worse, but this is what i signed up for). Tuesday i spent the afternoon listening to the 4iP plans for the future, Wednesday the day was dedicated to the Hello Digital conference, and yesterday some of us came to London for the ethics debate at Reuters “What price the news?”. I’ll be posting about all this during the next days.

In between we had some classes too, and this week’s Online Journalism module was about Mobile Journalism. We were joined by Alison Gow, executive digital director for the Liverpool Daily Post, and Joanna Geary, of The Times. We had a terrific conversation, and it was good to finally put a face to the Twitter handles, since i’ve been following them for a while now.

We livestreamed the conversation, you can see it all here.

Esta semana foi mesmo complicada (outra vez , e ainda vai piorar mas foi para isto que vim para cá). Na Terça passei a tarde a ouvir os planos para o futuro da 4iP, na Quarta o dia foi dedicado ao Hello Digital, e ontem alguns de nós viemos a Londres para um debate sobre ética, na Reuters, intitulado “Notícias a que preço?”. Eu vou escrever sobre isso nos próximos dias.

Pelo meio fui tendo aulas também, e o módulo de Jornalismo Online esta semana foi sobre Mobile Journalism. Tivemos a companhia de Alison Gow, directora executiva digital do Liverpool Daily Post, e Joanna Geary do Times. Foi uma conversa fantástica e também foi bom associar uma cara a uma conta do Twitter, já que as sigo há já algum tempo.

A aula foi emitida em directo , e podem ver tudo aqui.