Instagram for writing

Two dots to connect on this one. The other day a friend mentioned that “Instagram comments are the new blogging” for some young people. Then the Wunderkammer email (worth subscribing to) offered a story about journalists using it to post stories. Initially sceptical when his editor suggested he use Instagram to share reportage from a…… Continue reading Instagram for writing

Free doesn’t always put the customer first

A lovely article by Jessica E Lessin, the founder of subscription-only tech news site The Information describes how a tight customer focus and and prioritising quality content over quantity helps build and audience. There’s lessons here for brands in any sector: We believe the best way to build a brand is to be indispensable to some people,…… Continue reading Free doesn’t always put the customer first

Bild’s Vado publishing eco-system and the promise of user generated advertising

This was an amazing week, that passed at a few hundred miles an hour, so sorry for the silence. First thing that has grabbed me this morning as I peruse my feeds is this story from Jeff Jarvis about how the German magazine Bild, took the concept of the Flip’s small, simple video camera, made…… Continue reading Bild’s Vado publishing eco-system and the promise of user generated advertising

Butching out the credit crunch – with some help from social media

In terms of useful tips and advice, although I’m not a freelance journalist I found Fiona Cullinan’s post Freelancing in a Recession interesting on a couple of counts. First, she reflects a change in the demands of the market away from her sub-editing skills to a more diverse range of content creation and blog-related editorial. Second, it…… Continue reading Butching out the credit crunch – with some help from social media

Un-filtered news: Twitter, the BBC and Mumbai

Media Guardian carries a timely analysis of some of the discussion of Twitter informing, in some cases becoming part of, the coverage of the terrorist attrocities in Mumbai.  It picks up on a blog post by Steve Herman, editor of the BBC News website:    As for the Twitter messages we were monitoring, most did…… Continue reading Un-filtered news: Twitter, the BBC and Mumbai

Techmeme turns up the human in its news aggregator mix

Aggregators were my first love, when it comes to news and social media – I’ve always been infatuated with the idea of Digg, lover of Techmeme and I basically see most of the world through my personal aggregator, the ever flexible and accesible Google Reader.  So it’s nice to see some fervent discussion among bloggers…… Continue reading Techmeme turns up the human in its news aggregator mix