My journey: next steps in mobile video making

For anyone following my adventures in #mojo and video story telling so far (hello Mum!) I've reached something of a milestone. I've posted the first four parts of my journey from virgin to slightly less amateurish film-maker. My most recent experiences - live coverage of  Worcestershire Skills Show 2017 - included a series of short … Continue reading My journey: next steps in mobile video making

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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

When is a spokesman a woman? Why using names would end gender confusion

Fireman, policeman, foreman, linesman...all job titles that have slowly and rightly been consigned to the scrapheap, replaced with gender-neutral alternatives like firefighter, police officer, team leader, referee's assistant. Yet a handful of news publishers (and some organisations providing them with information) continue to hang on to the term 'spokesman'  as a catch-all term for someone speaking … Continue reading When is a spokesman a woman? Why using names would end gender confusion

Using video to tell human interest stories: Part 2

  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