7 things I took away from the News Impact Summit Manchester 2017 #NISMCR

  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

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Telling the Harvey Weinstein story: overcoming the monster

“Good stories have the power to transform our perceptions of the world.” Andrew Stanton, a filmmaker at Pixar, is a master storyteller. His creations, which include the Toy Story series and Wall-E, are brought to life on the big screen by ground-breaking technology, but have at their heart the three vital elements of any story: … Continue reading Telling the Harvey Weinstein story: overcoming the monster

#syrien200: a multiplatform, multilingual tour de force of story telling

One of the biggest stories of the decade so far has been and continues to be the European refugee crisis, and particularly the exodus of millions of Syrians from a country decimated by war. We all remember the harrowing image of little Alan Kurdi’s limp body on a tourist beach, then clutched to the chest of … Continue reading #syrien200: a multiplatform, multilingual tour de force of story telling

Playing around with free content creating apps

https://biteable.com/watch/embed/ten-reasons-1445495 TEN-REASONS on Biteable. I love the great apps that give opportunities to develop ideas and tell stories in different ways, without breaking the bank. Here's one I made earlier using app.biteable.com - it's been created as a test, hence the inclusion of watermarked images and some stock end footage - for professional usage I … Continue reading Playing around with free content creating apps

Do local councils even need newspapers any more? – or, how public sector communicators are speaking directly to residents

I need to start with a confession which is hardly unique among journalists. When I was a young gun reporter and then worked on news desks around the country my attitude towards PR people was one of tolerance and something verging on pity. Those poor schmucks, I thought, working for The Man and guarding secrets, … Continue reading Do local councils even need newspapers any more? – or, how public sector communicators are speaking directly to residents

Winning trust: how councils are engaging with communities & residents in new ways

A new guide has been published by the team at the Local Government Association which highlights the need for councils to engage with their local communities to win trust and influence.   I wouldn't usually quote a lengthy section from a guide I could simply link to, but the introduction sums up the current situation … Continue reading Winning trust: how councils are engaging with communities & residents in new ways