Author Archives: Alison Gow

About Alison Gow

I'm a journalist, particularly interested in story-telling, networks and digital innovation.

A ‘how to blog’ talk got me blogging again.

Long-term work and blogging compadre David Higgerson and I were asked to give a talk on blogging recently. Obviously David has lots of thoughts on this subject because… pause… he still actually blogs (and there aren’t many journo bloggers from … Continue reading

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Facebook and the blue pill of news

“You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe” * I read a Roy Greenslade blog post today about Facebook, and it made me thoughtful about our attitudes towards … Continue reading

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What should a local news source be?

I was thinking today about an upcoming reader project and started jotting down what I’d want from a regional news provider. I don’t mean  section headings (‘news’ or ‘information’ are givens, surely?) ; I mean, what values would make me … Continue reading

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#ONALondon keynote: What journalists can learn from game design

Speaker: Lindsay Grace – Associate Professor and Director of American University’s Game Lab and Studio, American University Lindsay is a game maker and teaching games and interactive media for 12 years. He is an associate professor at American University and … Continue reading

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#ONALondon session: Reaching Unexpected Audiences With New Platforms

  Erica Berger, who is founder of Catchpool and Co-Founder of Mileage Media, kicked off her session with some impressive facts: 30 mins a day spent per day for average users of Snapchat Instagram has 77% of audience outside the USA … Continue reading

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#ONALondon Session: Crowdsourcing as the ultimate strategic engagement

Panel: Mimi Onuoha, Research Fellow, Data & Society, Tow Society for Digital Journalism, Katerina Stravroula, freelance journalist and radio producer based in Athen and Tobias Dorfer MO: Co-author of Tow report on the subject and before you read any further, you … Continue reading

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#ONALondon Session: It just got personal – engagement via chat apps 

Speaker: Sarah Marshall, Social Media Editor, The Wall Street Journal, EMEA. I’m going to make the bold prediction – with the afternoon still to go – that this is my favourite session. I learned so much, and enjoyed the speakers … Continue reading

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#ONALondon ‘When news breaks bad: UGC in the newsroom’ session 

Panel: Mandy Jenkins, VP ONA board, head of news, Storyful; Fergus Bell, ONA Ethics committee, and Dig Deeper Media  Ok, so for this blog post to make much sense you probably need to head straight to http://toolkit.journalists.org and have a … Continue reading

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#ONALondon First session: ‘People you may know: Your audience’

I am at ONA London today, where the theme is audience engagement. Rather than live tweeting it, because there is SO MUCH to share, I thought I’d take notes and post them here. First Keynote session: People you may know: … Continue reading

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Interesting reads (redux)

After my dismayed discovery that Diigo had decided not only to stop auto-posting my links to this blog on a weekly basis, but had done so without deigning to warn me the in advance the service was moving to paid-for, … Continue reading

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