One more day to go and the dinosaurs have the upper hand, but we all know what the eventual outcome will be.
Archives for February 2008
I’ve started writing a monthly column for the Frontline Club magazine. I’ll be covering digital media in its broadest sense with specific relation to how changes in media and technology impact upon foreign correspondents and war reporters – not that I’ve been near a war in my life, of course – I may occasionally commission other journalists to write pieces, should they show an interest and have something to say. The first column can be found here. I hope to integrate this into the frontline blogs in the not too distant future to allow for comments and more of that webtwopoint0 stuff. I find the substance of the first column quite inspiring. In fact, I might just have described my dream job. Once there’s some kind of feed up of the column I’ll link to it in the right hand side.
The great Saigon based food blog Gastronomy has a couple of great posts on how to make the Vietnamese stomach brick Banh Tet and then, for the brave, how to eat it. Both of which were questions John Kessler, Atlanta Journal Constitution food columnist, called me up about on Superduper Tuesday. Not sure I answered him as well as Gastronomy would have, but you can’t beat a bit of Banh Tet, especially not with English mustard… Chuc mung nam moi all.
I blogged this elsewhere, but I think anybody who has spent any time in Vietnam will appreciate watching this talk by probably the most well respected war photographer of the Vietnam era, Philip Jones-Griffiths. I attended this talk in London a couple of weeks ago. If you think you don’t know Philip’s work – you probably already do, but just don’t realise it. Philip was kind enough to sign a noodlepie card.
I have a whole bunch of keyword search feeds across a range of social media sites that deliver relevant work information to me. One of the feeds I have in my newsreader is the search term “journalism” within Google Video. The resulting catch-all feed is mostly filled with American students mucking about in journalism class. Some of it, like the sample above, is a discussion based piece about journalism, blogging and the impact of digital media etc. as part of a class. Occasionally, there’s even something interesting that slips through. However, almost none of it comes from the UK.
Now, I don’t really want to see British journalism students arseing around anymore than I want to see American students assing around. I just would’ve thought British students would be uploading video, describing and tagging it appropriately too, but they ain’t. If that’s a trend that continues, newspapers like The Guardian will still be having awaydays for their staffers in 2018 still trying to help them get to grips with the internet. Andy, Paul etc. Why aren’t we seeing more videos of journalism students pissing about in your classes?