Tag Archives: journalism

When are bloggers media?

I attended an event today to mark World Press Freedom day, as a result of which I’m posing the audio below. The first speech is by Kevin Bakhurst, RTÉ Deputy Director-General and Managing Director of News & Current Affairs, on the particular challenges facing broadcasting. It is followed by a speech by John Horgan, Press Ombudsman, which makes some important points about press freedom not simply as freedom from state… Read Article →

Below the Line

Everyday, in every newspaper, editors go through correspondence from readers and pick the best for publication. Done well, a letters page gives a feel for public opinion, for which stories are striking a chord, and which arguments are winning. Put another way, user generated content is nothing new. Yet online, its has become almost an iron law to Never Read The Comments. The bottom half of the internet, in public… Read Article →

Sources: A glossary

In the interests of full disclosure, 200 Words is pleased to provide this guide to journalistic terms of art, to better assist readers in navigating media reports relying on information of uncertain origin. Sources: Pretty much anyone I talk to. Informed sources: Anyone who listened to that Morning Ireland interview I missed. Reliable sources: She probably won’t get me sued. Senior sources: Anyone older than me. Industry sources: The PR… Read Article →

The decline and fall

News papers are in trouble, and it isn’t hard to see why. The figures published today by Independent News and Media (INM) tell their own story. The group puts a brave face on it, citing a 12% rise in online advertising revenue to €9.3m, and pointing to debt restructuring, but there’s a deeper problem. Sales are falling, as they have done since a 2008 peak (see graph below), and while… Read Article →

Freelance Forum is back

It’s Spring, and so the thoughts of freelance journalists old and new turn to the Freelance Forum. What do you, mean you haven’t thought about it yet? The Forum is a one-day event, now held twice yearly, providing freelance journalists (and aspiring student journalists) with information to better do their jobs. Brought to you by Dublin Freelance NUJ branch, it is a highly regarded event, and now in its… somethingth… Read Article →

From Panti to Garth

200+ I was contacted by a student a few days ago, asking for my reaction to the statement that the media was overwhelmingly dominated by a narrow middle class perspective. This was my initial reply, which also riffed on the PantiBliss debate. I know some journalists who are predictably middle class. I know others who are right wing lunatics. And an equal number who are left wing lunatics. Mostly they’re… Read Article →

Careful what you wish for

It’s been a busy ten days since Rory O’Neill appeared on the Saturday Show. John Waters took offence, as did several members of the Iona Institute, and the online community (of not the dead tree press) has followed each twist and turn in the story. There’s even been some light entertainment, with the @ionawatch twitter account immediately followed by the @ionawatwatch account. And yesterday, Una Mullally wrote about the “need… Read Article →

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing

It started when an Richard Downes took to the internet looking for people to talk about TOR (The Onion Router), software which allows internet users to protect their identity. Patrick O’Donovan decided to hop on the bandwagon. He issued a press release. Then he tried to message Downes privately. Others have already written about O’Donovan’s misguided quest for television exposure, but what bothers me is how journalists will have to… Read Article →

The news in 2014

JANUARY: Following Murdoch takeover, Storyful announce new unit dedicated to verifying iPhone papshots of C-list celebrities. FEBRUARY: MicroSoft finally figures out how to make money out of Nokia, announce relaunch of 6310i. MARCH: Edward Snowden reveals NSA secretly unfollows your friends on twitter, sends ‘likes’ of John Waters to Facebook on your behalf. APRIL: All national print and broadcast media put days of effort into April Fools’ hoaxes. Nobody laughs…. Read Article →

Embargo

Yesterday, the garda press office issued an alert to journalists about an “incident” in Mountmellick, where a man had barricaded himself inside a house. The brief notice asked journalists to respect a blackout in reporting the incident until it was resolved. Sometimes, based on their assessment, garda authorities will ask journalists to cover an event, as a way of communicating directly with someone who may be listening to a radio…. Read Article →