Archive for the ‘journalism’ Category


Graphic: Andy Dickinson’s Ethics, Online & Journalism speech as a Wordle

March 6, 2011

Find the full text to Andy’s speech here …

Ethics, online and journalism

Ethics, online and journalism


Just how big is Google?

October 2, 2010

This info-graphic from the Computer School explains it all:

Google by the numbers.

Infographic by computer


The BBC’s Mark Thompson’s MacTaggart Lecture 2010 as a Wordle

August 29, 2010

The full text of the BBC’s Mark Thompson’s MacTaggart Lecture 2010 as a Wordle.

You can find the original version here …


Unknown in Glasgow

August 25, 2010

Unknown in Glasgow

Originally uploaded by photocumbria

Chap from Glasgow who begged 50p from me.
In return he had to have his photo taken!

Shot on an Olympus E-P1 with 14-14mm lens. Then cropped and corrected in Lightroom.



August 17, 2010


Originally uploaded by photocumbria

Andy has been living rough on the streets of Manchester for the past eight months.

He became homeless after losing his job through illness and falling behind on his rent. The benefits agencies weren’t able to help in time to prevent the loss of his home.

He’s hoping the situation changes soon as he may soon have access to benefits and a place to stay.

This was shot just along from Picadilly Station, next to the Spar shop.


iPhone apps for journalists (or how to justify your new toy!)

July 8, 2010
Blue Mickey in action in an iPhone 3g with FiRe

Blue Mickey in action in an iPhone 3g with FiRe

The iPhone like many smart phones is a brilliant piece of kit, but getting the best from it takes a bit of work and research, and often a lot of trial and error to discover the right app that does what you need it to do.

So to make things a bit easier, here’s my list of iPhone apps for journalists. This is based on my experience with an iPhone 3G – you may know of apps for the iPhone 3GS and 4 models that do the same job better.


Audioboo: Record audio, take a snap and send it to the internet. The quality of the audio is very good (not like a phone call) and it’s already used by a few radio journalists to file from the field. You can’t edit the audio though, not even a top and tail. (Free)

FiRe: Produces very high quality recordings, in a variety of formats (wave, AAC, Ogg Vorbis) Again no edit facility, but this app allows you to FTP the audio or send it to Sound Cloud. (£5.99) There is a free version called Blue Fire, but it lacks the audio effects that improve the audio quality.

VC Audio Pro: A fairly well featured audio recorder and editor, but it’s quite demanding on the hardware and isn’t user friendly – you really have to read the manual to get the best out of it. But it will let you multi-track. Downside is the limited methods of getting the audio of the iPhone – either by email (max. file-size of 10MB), or via wi-fi connection on the same network.


Flickit: A photo uploader for Flickr and better than the official Flickr app! Lets you add detailed descriptions, tags and post the image to your sets and groups you belong to. And if you have and blogs linked to your Flickr account, it will post to those too. (Free) The paid for pro version adds search options for viewing images, including using the GPS in your iPhone to find images taken near where you are.

Autostitch Panorama: Create large and / or panoramic images from a series of images. Requires little user interaction to create the final image, which you then save and can email or post to Facebook. (£1.79)

Gorillacam: A replacement for the standard camera app, that allows you to use a self-timer, take time-lapse images and provides a grid and level on screen. (Free)

Kyte Producer: Create audio and video slideshows, viewable at (needs a free account). Quick and simple to use and can be integrated with Twitter. (Free)


MobileRSS: Sync your Google Reader subscriptions and read them on your iPhone. (Free) There is a paid-for version, but the free version does a fine job, and the ads are barely noticeable!


iPhone with Anycam Powerpack

iPhone with Anycam Powerpack, Blue Mickey and Griffin power adapter

Qik Live: Lets you stream a report live to the internet, which can be flagged up on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. (Free)

UStream Broadcaster: Lets you stream a report live to the internet, which can be flagged up on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. (Free)

The above two apps are nearly identical in use and features, it’s just which interface you might prefer that’ll be the deciding factor.

TCoder: A notpad app that time codes your notes – ideal for note making when recording an interview  / PR thing etc …(Free)

i-Prompt: An iPhone based tele-prompter that is very customisable (and for which you can buy some expensive accessories too) but the basic app is free.

Social Media

Twitter: This was Tweetie, one of the best Twitter clients available for the iPhone. Twitter has since bought out Tweetie and gives it away for free!

Tweetdeck: Keep an eye on Twitter, Facebook and your twitter searches in the one interface and syncit up with the desktop version too. (Free)

WordPress: Post to and edit your WordPress blogs and moderate comments too.


Blue Mickey: A plug-in stereo microphone designed for the iPhone. The latest version now has a mini USB port and a mic/line-in port. Costs £59 / £69.

Eternal battery pack: Using the iPhone for any of the above, especially the streaming stuff really puts a strain on the battery. There are any amount of external power packs and battery cases available for the iPhone, starting from around £30.

Car power socket adapter:
Again there’s a whole load of these available, but do check what’s included in the kit … often they lack a cable!

Note: The prices of the apps were correct when written; but as ever things change! A site I’d recommend for tracking app prices is Appshopper.



June 12, 2010

From a press release sent out on Friday, 11 June 2010:


Kila at Brampton Live in 2008

Brampton Live 2010, the biggest folk roots festival in the north of England, has been cancelled.

The 16th Brampton festival was due to take place near Carlisle between July 16-18 with a bumper line-up of artists from the UK, America and Canada.

But founders Ken and Sue Bradburn and their fellow directors of Brampton Live Ltd, Mick North and Steve Henderson have issued the following statement:

“We are saddened to announce that the 2010 festival has been cancelled. The combination of reduced funding, decreasing sponsorship and disappointing ticket sales has meant we feel it would be irresponsible to continue.  If we were to do so, we would not be able to meet our obligations in refunding ticket holders, stall holders and traders. These obligations will be met over the coming weeks.”

The event’s future is unknown at this time but the directors added:

“We would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the many volunteers who have given freely of their time over the last fifteen years as well as all our performers and other supporters past and present – plus a big thank you to our patron Maddy Prior who has always been a huge friend of the festival.”

The centrepiece of the 2010 festival was due to be the official premiere and CD launch of the All Along the Wall show featuring five top songwriters and two poets and celebrating Hadrian’s Wall.

The directors pledged to continue with this: “On a positive note we intend to proceed with the All Along the Wall project which was specially commissioned for the festival. A live performance CD will be available in July and other performances are planned, hopefully including The Sage, Gateshead and a range of other venues.”

Details now on the official website here.

Such a shame, as it was a really great and friendly fest.

Here’s hoping for next year instead.

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