“I do see it as my job to experiment with new tools, and it’s clear to me that for a very small outlay, the citizen reporter can now equip him or herself to do quite a professional job.”—BBC - dot.Rory: New tools for new journalists
“He’s just a horrible bloke. He makes great television, but he has no people skills. He’s rude, ignorant, and hasn’t done anything in the last 25 years that’s been that successful. He doesn’t look you in the eye, and some people that he fired from The Apprentice didn’t even get a handshake”—
No kind words for Alan Sugar from Pants Man Phillip Taylor.
“Last week Read/Write Web created a minor flurry online after hundreds of people mistook the blog site for Facebook. Read/Write Web published a post entitled Facebook wants to be your one true login, which Google ranked very highly for the search term “Facebook login”. As a result, hundreds of people typed “Facebook login” into their search engine, clicked on the RWW link and thought they’d arrived at a redesigned Facebook. So they complained in the comment box.”—Facebook login, Cancel Google and the perfect storm of idiots – Telegraph Blogs
“If you’re a taxi driver you probably don’t need to know how to build a car, or conduct extensive engine repairs. But you should probably know how to change the oil, inflate the tyres, and fill the wiper fluid. You should also know how they affect things when you’re behind the wheel.”—Rob Wells | A bit about code
Hackney depends on buses. With no tubes, they’re how we get around. But what do you do while you’re on the bus? Read, eye up the guy opposite? Is it a space for reflection? Or just irritation? Hackney’s bus riders tell us. We hear from Alfie Dennen about his Bus-Tops project, from Anthony Morris the bus mechanic who keeps the wheels turning behind the scenes and from driver Pauline Jacobs and passenger Carole Allen who helped deliver a baby on the 394 last year. Plus bus-themed performances from poet Michael Rosen and musician Earl Zinger.
“I’m sure you’ve noticed – Facebook has had another redesign. I’m beginning to wonder if we need to stage a KatiePriceAKAJordan-style surgery intervention, such is the number of times things have been whitened, tightened, and moved a bit right(ened).”—
Winter Olympics start in a few days, but here’s one of the most famous moments ever in the competition - inspiring the brilliant/rubbish [delete as applicable depending on how snooty you are :-)] film, Cool Runnings. (UK only, sorry folks)
It’s not flashy (although it is Flash…) which may prompt some teched up web users to scoff. But where BBC News gets some big win is by making online journalism for ALL. My mum could use this page - and that’s not something you can say about some of the other interactives found around the world’s news sites.
Most impressive, I think, is that the team behind the feature are now spreading the code around to other departments. The whole ‘one BBC’ can feel like a bit of a myth sometimes, but projects like this convince me otherwise. Nice work.
"Miles Warde presents the story of a group of photojournalists who set out to witness world events. They went to Yugoslavia, Angola, Chechnya, Gaza and Iraq. Two of them were shot dead. A compelling portrait of youthful ambition and the power of photography to change the world."
This documentary has blown me away. Great work from Miles Warde. It’s only up there for another 9 hours, so get in quick.