So, I'm starting this blogpost with a disclaimer, to avoid anyone else feeling the need to state the obvious. It was a quickly created survey, done solely to test out the Surveys for Pages feature on Facebook, and comprised five short questions about attitudes towards local news in my town of Kidderminster, in north Worcestershire. … Continue reading Looking for breaking news in Kidderminster? Try Facebook pages…
In the middle of England, rarely featuring in any best-of or worst-of lists, sits my home town of Kidderminster. With a burgeoning population, around 59,000 at the last count, it sits midway between the country's second biggest city, Birmingham, and one of its smallest, Worcester. It's a rugged little town, with a sprawling retail centre … Continue reading Why I’ve launched a community news site in Kidderminster, a town with a still-thriving weekly
"Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity beyond resources controlled." This definition of what is meant by entrepreneurship was coined at Harvard Business School by guru Prof Howard Stevenson. The key elements of this phrase - pursuit, opportunity, beyond resources controlled - are a good starting point for an exploration of what it means to be … Continue reading I thought “entrepreneur” was a dirty word but I’m beginning to see the light
When the Scottish Government announced last month that it was banning fracking, it was a moment to savour for a group of journalists from an independent news site in the heart of the country. The team from investigative cooperative The Ferret had been the first news organisation to reveal plans by nine energy companies to bid for licences to extract … Continue reading “Data matters – but people matter more…” Insights from investigative journalist Peter Geoghegan of award winning Scotland-based news site the Ferret.
1. The 24/7 news cycle is never an excuse for inaccurate reporting, no matter how confused or fast moving the incident or how many people are clamouring for information. The quest for quick should never outweigh the need to verify and get it right. This is especially true when major incidents are unfolding - … Continue reading 7 things I took away from the News Impact Summit Manchester 2017 #NISMCR
The idea of using mobile devices to tell human interest stories is not new; far from it. Since 2009, and probably earlier, the availability of smartphones has inspired journalists and publishers. Nick Garnett, a highly respected BBC journalist, put together this excellent short video telling the brief history of #mojo. So now you've decided … Continue reading Using video to tell human interest stories: Part 2
Being a freelance journalist takes talent, writing ability and commercial nous. I'm definitely short of the last of these.