Looking for breaking news in Kidderminster? Try Facebook pages…

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…

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Breaking news: how an unfolding narrative works across different platforms

“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[1] (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

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