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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 and have a … Continue reading

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Dealing with witnesses: Why the Eyewitness Media Hub’s guidelines are so important for journalism

A while ago I was asked to join a group of journalists assembled with the aim of providing some input into Eyewitness Media Hub’s principles for journalists working with UGC* – user generated content (or ‘other people’s words and images’, as … Continue reading

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The end of ‘behind closed doors’ journalism

There are times in a journalist’s career when you are going to have to approach someone who is not having the finest moment of their life, and ask them to help you. It might be calling on a grieving family, or approaching … Continue reading

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A disconcerting hush around The Right to be Forgotten

I am a bit conflicted by the Right to be Forgotten, and Google’s role within it. On the one hand, I can feel for those people whose past misdemeanours are be blighting their modern day lives, and who wish to draw  a veil over the … Continue reading

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Crime, mugshots and the public interest (updated)

Update: Lancashire Police has now retracted this policy. Liz Riding, Lancashire Constabulary’s Corporate Communications Manager has reviewed the decision: ‘I have had a further look at this and have decided that we will not be applying the 12 month limited tariff for … Continue reading

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The council that tried to charge for using social media

This is the full announcement by Local Government Minister Eric Pickles, on a new guide detailing how journalists, bloggers, hyperlocal media and the public can now use social tools and filming for live reporting*. In Wales it seems to have … Continue reading

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Tweeting and filming council meetings? Oh, go on then….

The Daily Post’s Right to Tweet campaign continues to roll forward (we even made Roy Greenslade‘s blog) but since we’ve launched it there have been a number of other instances of newspaper journalists and councillors falling foul of the ‘can … Continue reading

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Why does live tweeting put councils in a spin?

The issue of tweeting in the council chamber has caused some debate lately, and I’m happy to hold my hand up as someone who helped the discussions along.I’ve also been ridiculously busy at work, and so there hasn’t been much … Continue reading

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Tweeting court cases – the case for the defence

Technology and court reporting – it’s the debate that keeps on giving. In March 2009, after the Palm Beach Post won the right for a reporter to leave the courtroom to tweet an update (seriously, this happened) I wrote that … Continue reading

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Online footprints, digital identities and life after Leveson

Pic: Derek Backen via Flickr A few years ago I gave a talk to FACT Liverpool’s Art of Digital conference called Identity 2.0 considering how we try to comport ourselves online (professionally and otherwise) compared with our true selves; how, sometimes, the … Continue reading

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