The Alasdair Thompson TV interviews – two TV3 versions

JIM TUCKER: TV 3 did two interviews with employers’ federation chief Alasdair Thompson in the aftermath of his menstruation comment on radio.

Watch them  HERE> and HERE>

Has this man opened up a debate on gender equality that any number of worthy reports by Equal Opportunities Commissioner Judy McGregor could never achieve?

In one interview, he discusses how the media “slices and dices” interview material and thereby may distort the resulting report.

Two points about that:

  1. He’s very experienced at dealing with the media, so what did he expect?
  2. By running the full interviews, has TV3 unwittingly put on display the very caprice with which media treat their interview subjects, media-wise and media-naive?

Who’d be a war photographer?

JIM TUCKER (from Tess Johnstone): WAR photographer Tim Page was interviewed on Mediawatch on Sunday. Here’s some war photography work from his younger colleagues, published by the Guardian. READ MORE>

Attacked by a Haitian mob, kidnapped by Gaddafi’s troops, shot in Afghanistan… Who’d be a war photographer? Click through the small pictures along the bottom

Hopeful portrait on future of one of world’s great newspapers

JIM TUCKER, June 17: A new documentary offers a hopeful portrait of an American institution – the New York Times –  struggling in a time of change and difficulty. READ MORE>

BBC developing app for reporters to use in the field

JIM TUCKER, June 17: The BBC is developing an app that will allow its reporters in the field to file video, stills and audio directly into the BBC system from an iPhone or iPad. READ MORE>

Where we’ll all be going for our news – mobile devices


JIM TUCKER: MOBILE devices – aka cellphones – are where we’ll all go to get our news in the foreseeable future.

So, Jim, you’ve finally caught up, I can hear the “wired” saying. Martin Hirst (News 2.0) will be laughing out loud.

Truth is, I’ve been using a Nokia N95 since 2008, mainly because it cost a fortune and it had a very good camera for stills and video. There seemed no need to change.

Hmmm, how things have moved along in three years.

Although the N95 still performs admirably as a phone and camera, I took a punt and bought the latest Nokia super-phone, the N8, last month, and…WOW!

Having had some downtime to explore it over the past few days (I usually spend man flu time reading or sleeping), I’ve discovered a whole new online world.

It’s my first brush with touch phone technology, which has taken a bit of adjustment, but now I’ve got it sorted (removing the protective film from the front and the camera helped), I’m amazed at how even someone with my dodgy old eyesight can manipulate the screen to read anything (who needs an iPad?).

This baby does everything – phone, texts, email, still and video camera, web browser, radio receiver, music player, social media, live TV monitor, GPS, etc. Pretty much everything you can do on a PC (although editing pix and vids might be stretching it).

It has three home pages, which I’ve loaded with RSS feeds from all the major news outlets in the world.

That was an interesting mission, by the way. For ease of RSS loading, Stuff beat everyone. I gave up on NZHerald, it was so clunky, which suggests the people running that site have yet to notice the revolution that’s upon us.

I can do Facebook on the phone with relative ease, altho my drift into short word forms – like texting – has already brought one complaint from a colleague who reckons I can’t spell.

And I’ll say this for Nokia – the manuals in both print and on the device are easy to follow. I’ve avoided reading manuals for years because they are usually badly translated and incomprehensible.

So, the big question: how will this affect journalism and the teaching thereof?

For a start – clever headline writing, intros that sing and strong images are going to be more important than ever.

Story extracts will need to be very reader-friendly if they are going to attract distracted browsers into the full texts.

Journalism teachers will have to monitor their students online habits to find out where they get their news, and then look at the popular sites to see what they’re doing to attract people.

As always, the textbook that best informs is what’s happening in the news media itself.

For a luddite, I’m damned excited about it all. Just hope the eyesight holds up long enough to see the full effects of what’s going to happen.

The new news symbiosis (rather than just convergence)?

NBR: This video of the Egyptian unrest – presumably taken by a citizen – comes via Facebook and National Business Review. Is this the reality of convergence – citizens report, social media alerts, mainstream distributes? VIEW HERE>

Egypt’s Facebook ‘girl’ – the Web 2.0 revolution

CARNEGIE CORPORATION: Digital technology is bringing rapid change to Arab nations, from protests to social interactions, and the effects will be felt far beyond regional borders. READ MORE>