“How will this all end?” This short sentence summarises the confusion that can swirl around early reporting of a breaking news story, as journalists, commentators and witnesses try to make sense of information. In this instance, that closing coda (Cortazzi, 1993) is delivered to camera by a journalist on the streets of Harare in Zimbabwe. As news began … Continue reading Breaking news: how an unfolding narrative works across different platforms
After a varied career spanning news reporting, regional newsdesks, magazine editing, public sector PR and strategic communications, my ambition is to pull together these disparate skills and experiences to create a Master’s level multimedia, local, investigative journalism project. Form: Launch a multimedia ‘hyperlocal’ style website, http://www.wyrelife.co.uk showcasing a series of articles and regular long-form investigative stories … Continue reading FROM IDEA TO ACHIEVABLE PLAN: DESIGNING A MASTER’S LEVEL JOURNALISM PROJECT
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.
Giving people a voice, both figuratively and literally, is a key motivation behind a lauded, Emmy award-winning project by the New York Times, called One in 8 Million. Published eight years ago, the creators produced a collection of audio interviews with 54 New Yorkers, capturing experiences and stories in three minute snippets. It is a form … Continue reading “It’s just people, talking.” How New York Times project One in Eight Million stands the test of time
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
“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
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