Author Archive | Steve Hill

Mobile Video Journalism – London Riots Example

The potential power of mobile-phone journalism was shown during coverage of the 2011 London riots. Using just an iPhone, Sky News journalist Mark Stone captured some of the most striking footage of the riots. His confrontations with the looters engaged viewers and the impact of his work was immediate: his footage led bulletins on Sky […]

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Using ‘If This Then That’ in the newsroom

IFTTT.com,  pronounced like ‘lift’ without the L, stands for If This Then That. It provides a light introduction to the principles of computer programming which is handy for students with little or no experience in this area.  In this example we create a simple ‘recipe’ which could be very useful in a newsroom. IFTTT allows […]

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So You Want to Learn to Code?

We are not suggesting that you give up studying journalism to become a computer programmer, but it worth having enough understanding to know how story ideas can be communicated online. HTML, in particular has a common sense logic to it and is not hard to learn. Database related programming tends to me more complex, but […]

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Managing Comments on Your Blog

While blogs offer a welcome change to the one-way communication of traditional journalism, allowing blog comments can be both a blessing and a curse.  In the book we look at methods to cope with comments. Some articles on news sites and blogs can receive over 200 comments, which sounds great until you realise what a […]

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Aggregation For Journalists

Increasingly it is a requirement that specialist journalists who work in mainstream media blog, alongside carrying out their regular reporting duties. Aggregation – the gathering of content that has appeared on the web and, often, commenting on it – is a popular activity among bloggers Roy Greenslade (2010), an academic and media commentator for The […]

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