Car crash interviews

By Daniel Saunders on June 28, 2012 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments

Newsnight is more known for reporting the news than making it but, thanks to Paxman’s notorious interview techniques, it has a habit of making headlines of its own. Tuesday’s edition was looking like another run-of-the-mill round up of the day’s news until Chloe Smith, economic secretary to the treasury and the government’s youngest minister, stepped up to the table (from 6 mins 10 secs).
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Battle of the hashtags

By Daniel Saunders on May 21, 2012 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments

One of the central features of Twitter is its ability to detect trends through #hashtags. Once the preserve of protesters and campaigners, hashtags were seen as an opportunity to join the global conversation that communications professionals couldn’t resist.

This eagerness was responsible for some very public examples of what not to do as companies’ attempts to seize the initiative resulted in embarrassing own goals. In one notable case in 2009 tags used by Iranian pro-democracy campaigners were ‘piggy-backed’ by the furniture store Habitat to promote a sales promotion. This serious breach of hashtag etiquette resulted in widespread condemnation and served as a valuable warning of the pitfalls that issue-hijacking can present. Read more …

This week’s media round up

By Daniel Saunders on May 18, 2012 | Category: Blog | No Comments

Manchester turned blue on Sunday after City secured their first top-flight league title since 1968 after scoring two goals in stoppage time to edge out United on goal difference, the closest finish for 23 years.

The Leveson Inquiry moved into its third stage with former News International employees Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson presenting evidence. Part of Brooks’ testimony focused on conversations between herself and David Cameron which lead to the amusing revelation that the prime minister believed that ‘LOL’ meant lots of love rather than laugh out loud.

The State Opening of Parliament and this year’s Queen’s speech led the headlines with plans to reform the House of Lords standing out from the Government’s proposals. Read more …

This week’s media round up

By Daniel Saunders on May 11, 2012 | Category: Blog | No Comments

Elections dominated this week’s headlines with major votes taking place in France and the UK. Across the channel, the last days of campaigning in the French presidential election concluded with François Hollande emerging the victor with 51.63 per cent of the vote.

Closer to home, local elections across the the UK saw a swing of political momentum. The Labour party managed to scoop 823 new seats but missed out in the key race of the London mayorship. After a close first round vote, Boris Johnson secured another four-year term at City Hall, defeating his rival Ken Livingstone by a narrow margin of 62,538 votes. Read more …

This week’s media round up

By Daniel Saunders on April 25, 2012 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , | No Comments

A row over calendars erupted as the legal team behind Abu Qatada launched a last-minute appeal to the European court of human rights over the decision to deport their client to Jordan.

The debate arose after home secretary, Theresa May, announced that the deadline to contest the decision had passed on Monday whilst Qatada’s lawyers argued that it had in fact expired on Tuesday.

As the week progressed, global attention switched to Bahrain and the controversial Formula One grand prix scheduled to take place in the island state. A number of commentators including Labour leader, Ed Miliband, voiced the view that the race should be cancelled in light of ongoing anti-government protests responsible for the cancellation of the 2011 race. Read more …

This week’s media round up

By Daniel Saunders on April 20, 2012 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments

David Cameron became the first western leader to visit Burma since Aung San Suu Kyi’s success in parliamentary by-elections in the country. The prime minister described the Burmese pro-democracy campaigner’s efforts as inspirational and used the opportunity to urge the international community to suspend sanctions against the country. Read more …

Pinterest: Google but better?

By Holly Sutton on April 19, 2012 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments

We’ve been blogging a lot about Pinterest here at Journalista HQ. Partly as it’s so addictive but mainly as, for me, it’s the first social media channel that does something entirely different from Facebook.

Like all the best inventions, Pinterest performs a task that I was already doing but does it much, much better. My wallet, Moleskine notebook, handbag pockets and sometimes even jean pockets are stuffed full of pages ripped out of magazines, newspapers and leaflets. They comprise pictures, quotes, websites, products and concepts that I like and want to record and share. My dream house has always been designed with a massive cork board on the study wall to capture these clippings and link them all together. Read more …

Work together or die alone? Only collaboration can save struggling print media

By Oscar Holland on April 17, 2012 | Category: Blog | No Comments

Diminishing advertising rates, plummeting circulations and shrinking newsrooms – we’re well aware of the problems facing newspapers in the UK. But how can the industry work together to streamline operations and protect scarce sources of revenue?

At last week’s Gorkana briefing (where PRs like us go to discover how not to irritate journalists) business hack James Ashton touched on the sort of collaboration that is helping to drive efficiency on the titles he works across – Evening Standard, Independent, Independent on Sunday and i.

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This week’s media round up

By Daniel Saunders on April 11, 2012 | Category: Blog | No Comments

The race to become London’s next mayor stepped up a gear as tensions between the two leading candidates, Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone, grew. After a number of intense debates the conflict reached new heights after a heated confrontation in a lift where the incumbent was accused of launching a four-letter rant at his opponent.

Full-time controversy magnet and occasional footballer Mario Balotelli was behind the headlines for three completely different reasons. His week began with a tabloid confessional about his relationship with an escort, his second in as many weeks, which he followed up by crashing his £140,000 Bentley before rounding off by being sent off in his team’s match against Arsenal on Sunday. Read more …

Facebook + Instagram

By Daniel Saunders on April 10, 2012 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , | No Comments

$1,000,000,000

At first $1 billion sounds like a lot of money. But this week we learnt it is just enough to get you a company with only thirteen employees and whose sole product is available for free.

A quick calculation can tell you that this price means that each employee is worth $77 million each, a valuation above and beyond any other buyout in business history. This tells you that this must be no ordinary product and to pay such a price you can rightly assume that this is no ordinary buyer. Read more …