So you’re writing a book, are you mad? Writing a textbook is painful. It invariably entails long hours in front of a computer and it requires huge amounts of organisation. The book I co-authored, Online Journalism: The Essential Guide, weighs in at around 120,000 words. As a journalist, I am used to thinking about word counts in terms of feature article lengths. Most features I would write or commissioned were typically in the region of 3,000 words. This word count is manageable to research, draft, re-draft, edit and proof. But writing a book isn’t just 40 x harder than writing a feature article, it feels much worse than that.
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Tory right-wing MP, Dominic Raab, has had a busy summer emailing out Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. Raab’s most recent target has been the police, or to be precise, the Police Federation. Raab believes the body, which was founded in 1919 by the government, spends too much money representing its members rather than fighting crime. […]
It's Saturday and The Guardian is running yet another story about BBC funding. So what's new? Well, stories with an anti-BBC slant normally appear on a Monday and are confined to the Media section rather than splashed on the front page, so I'm already confused. This time the Tories are saying that the BBC's growth […]
This semester has been absurdly and stupidly busy. And I've not even looked at the marking yet. Thankfully, the new and converged journalism degree seems to have gone down very well with the students. . Just one problem: A new degree structure x new units x increased teaching hours = zero time […]
I’m not convinced that many people really give a shit, but this made me think…. There are more in this series on the Amnesty site.
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Lecturer at Westminster University. Co-author of Online Journalism: The Essential Guide. (https://t.co/3GZgyLNwRR). Personal views only, except RTs.
Online Journalism: The Essential Guide
- Jellyfish: Do teen girls want “push” or “pull”? March 26, 2007
- Hosting a Jooma! site July 5, 2007
- Reflective practice for journalists May 5, 2007
- Online journalism university courses January 6, 2007
- The Guardian and its anti-BBC views. July 22, 2008
- Local TV – the pros and cons August 15, 2014
- Reviews: online booking services for tutors and lecturers August 15, 2014
- Examples: university news sites August 12, 2014
- Running a journalism newsday (part 4) August 12, 2014
- Running a journalism newsday (part 3) August 12, 2014
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