Category Journalism

Trying out Anchor – Radio by the people

I came across Anchor last week. I read it was “Twitter for radio”. That combines my two favourite platforms.

First impressions – excellent. Welcomed by a “real person” with a “real message” and found a couple of other people who I know from Twitter.

‘Soft Censorship’ Rife in Serbian Media, BIRN Report

a Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) report says that Serbian Government pressure, state funding for favoured outlets and self-censorship have all contributed to a worsening in Serbia’s media landscape.

How is technology impacting on Journalism? This week Snapchat and paywalls

This week the Wall Street Journal publishing on Snapchat and the move of The Independent to online only,

Laibach’s Ivan Novak (Saliger) talked to Davy Sims in Ljubljana – Podcast

Interview with Ivan Novak also known as Saliger, a founding member of Slovenian band Laibach on their 35 anniversary and on his return from North Korea concerts.

How is technology impacting on Journalism? This week …

How is technology impacting on Journalism? The question could be asked at least once a week and each week there would be even more information to add to the answer.

Latest Audience Listening Figures in Northern Ireland

NOTE – 26/10/17 I see today this page has come up in a number of web searches. This is not an up-to-date analisys – just a snapshot from February 2016 For regularly updated info on Northern Ireland radio and RAJAR… Continue Reading →

Latest Audience Listening Figures in Ireland

The Joint National Listenership Research (JNLR) annual survey has just been published.  “RTÉ Radio 1 kept its recovery going in the final months of 2015, but Today FM and RTÉ’s 2fm both saw their listener tallies slip, latest radio ratings show.”… Continue Reading →

Some links for DBS (and any other ) Journalism Students

I was talking to my Journalism students today and yesterday about the impact of technology on journalism and how journalism is changing. Although I’m supposed to be teaching radio production, I expect I will be dropping in the odd thought… Continue Reading →

Editing on Garageband – DBS Students Week 4

This website from Berkley [] is an excellent simple step by step introduction to editing speech on Garageband. These two YouTube videos are useful, too. “GarageBand Tutorial 1: Edit an Audio File” And “Editing Audio Files in GarageBand” is pretty good… Continue Reading →

Recording on location

There is no set way to record an interview away from the studio. Each place has its own challenges and opportunities. Sometimes you have to go out; if the interviewee can’t come to you, if the story is at a… Continue Reading →

Reading for radio

Reading aloud on the radio is easy, if you have a well written script. But there are a few simple tips to help you do it better.

Writing for Radio – Tips and pointers

From The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production, some excellent tips on writing for radio for students, print journalists and podcasters.

The Radio Production Process – Part 1 The Prep

From January until April 2015, I will be teaching Radio Production at the Dublin Business School a few days each week. I will probably be posting some course notes here for students, but it does give me option to write… Continue Reading →

My online plans for 2016

In 2016 I will be changing my approach to social media.

U2 and Me

Notes on an interview about 30 years of U2 gigs in Belfast.

The world is now watching – and planning to visit

This is a piece I wrote for Slovenia Times magazine, now on their website.  

On the eve of the Bled Strategic Forum

The black limousines with the darkened windows are heading up the hill to the Vila Bled again today. The BMW shuttle service brings some of the most politically influential individuals in the south western Europe and Balkans region to hotels… Continue Reading →

One of the best music festival in Europe is held every year in Bled, Slovenia. Leo Ličof is founder and artistic director.

Who was the kid on vibes? During Festival Bled,  I have listened to and enjoyed more chamber music than I guess I have ever heard performed in concert before. It has been a really memorable experience, filled with learning and… Continue Reading →

The Bled Film Festival opens Tuesday 16 June promising at least two premiers, a retrospective of Polish film director Krzysztof Zanussi and the opportunity to hear two other film makers talk to an audience about their work. SEE THE FULL… Continue Reading →

How the Web has changed the Wireless

the latest “Internet Sensation” is not even a video – it is a radio programme, and what is even more remarkable about this “radio programme” is that it has never been broadcast on the radio – not in any conventional sense of what we historically have known the radio to be.

Dinner at A l’Art Bled – Vila Istra

This is a review written for Trip Advisor This was the most inventive and memorable dinner I have had in many years. A good dinner is not just about sitting down and eating; it is about the whole experience and… Continue Reading →

Phone numbers from 1989 for Nelson Mandella and Vaclav Havel

Way back in time, we used to keep numbers on cards in cardboard boxes. I was working in current affairs at a really interesting time; fall of communist governments in Europe and release of Nelson Mandella, When I was packing… Continue Reading →

Blogging is dead – Oh, no it’s not!

This year: Blogging is dead. Blogging is reborn. Blogging has shifted. And it’s still only January. OK So it’s February now (I spent a while thinking – about other things as it happens) and I have returned to the theme…. Continue Reading →

Using Traditional and New Media For Campaigns Against Prejudice, Xenophobia and Discrimination

The December meeting of the Grundvig group was held in Cezayir Istanbul. These are some of the social media links to resources and work of some of the people and organisations who presented to the group. Ekran Saka a professor… Continue Reading →

Social Media For Business – some talking points

Over the weekend I was asked by the Belfast Telegraph to do an interview about how businesses in Northern Ireland do social media. Grateful for a few day’s notice, I began jotting down a few notes. And the few notes… Continue Reading →

WIMPS at South Africa’s Media Conference for Youth

A short report written for a different blog. The coach’s engine was overheating. Outside the sun was beating down – it was 35 degrees. Inside, the coach air conditioning was on full pelt to keep us cool. And we were… Continue Reading →

Three key questions for your presentation

When I’m talking to people about their film, campaign, presentation or what ever it is they are trying to create a message for, I ask them to think about these three questions: – What do you want to say? –… Continue Reading →

Social Media for Social Change – Express Yourself

Notes from a presentation I gave to the Media Kidocracy Konference organised by Bush Radio in South Africa December 2012 to an audience average age 15-16 Your Social Media Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Tumblr. That’s what most of us think… Continue Reading →

Teaching Blogging in South Africa

Here are the numbers. As I write, Lake Malawe is, at a guess, fifty to one hundred miles to the west. I’m 35,000 feet above ground travelling at 568 miles an hour in an Emeritz Airbus 340-400 on a 10… Continue Reading →

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