Journo student: Thoughts and exploits

Magazines you love, magazines you hate
April 5, 2009, 7:43 pm
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Due to the recent demise of British magazines such as Maxim and Arena, I decided to do some vox pops to see which magazines people would hate to see fold and which ones they wouldn’t mind seeing the back of. Click on the link below to hear the podcast.

Flickr image courtesy of Bravenewtraveler

Flickr image courtesy of Bravenewtraveler

 Which magazines would you hate to see go bust?


The death of Maxim, the launch of Wired
April 5, 2009, 3:40 pm
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 The future of glossy, monthly magazines is looking increasingly shaky as news of the demise of men’s magazine Maxim is revealed this week.  The magazine can no longer sustain its print version so is now confined solely to the web. This, of course, throws up all kinds of worrying questions about the future of print magazines in general, especially after the recent death of Arena and Eve. Perhaps the future of magazines is inevitably going to be online, a terrifying thought for any aspiring magazine journalist.

 The launch of a different kind of men’s mag this week, Wired, does something to dispel this view however. Primarily a technology and lifestyle magazine with the tagline: ‘The future as it happens,’ Wired has jumped into the market at exactly the right time.


image courtesy of

image courtesy of

 So, perhaps it’s not the demise of print journalism that we should be worried about, rather a shift in mood that the likes of Arena and Maxim have not been able to catch up with.

 James Brown, former Loaded editor wrote in today’s Observer: “There are many reasons why the monthly men’s magazines sector is collapsing. They became to narrow in focus, driven mainly by covers selling sex, and they were rendered less relevant by the arrival of weeklies (Nuts and Zoo), frees (Shortlist and Sport) and specialist male newspaper supplements (The Mail on Sunday’s Live and Observer Sport Monthly).”

 Read the full article

Twitter and journalism
April 5, 2009, 11:15 am
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Below is the slideshow that Matthew Ingram, communities editor of the Toronto-based Globe and Mail used in the Twitter training session he ran for his colleagues last week:

Patrick thornton is the editor of a website called ,which looks at how journalists can use social networks and web tools to improve beat reporting.      

This is a video made by Patrick explaining some of the advanced uses of Twitter, such as

Is Twitter the saviour of online journalism?
April 5, 2009, 10:52 am
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A few weeks ago I blogged about my lack of understanding of the concept of Twitter. Since then I have become a fully fledged member of the tweeting revolution and am embarrassed to say that I now check Twitter with the same avidity in which I used to check Facebook. However, the thing is, I do feel like I’m taking a whole lot more from it than I’m actually giving.

 I’m ashamed to say that my use of Twitter is purely for selfish, journalistic reasons and that I get so much more from those I am following than any of my followers are getting from me. I have, in all honesty, only contributed four tweets to the global Twitter explosion, all of which have been either totally inconsequential or shamelessly self-promoting.

 On the plus side, I’m definitely starting to see the benefits of Twitter from a journalistic point of view. Twitter now makes it much easier to stay in the media loop, instead of having to trawl through various websites to get news, you just have to use one. So basically, it’s the antidote to being a lazy journalist- it does all the work for you. I follow Media Guardian, Press Gazette,, and various other fountains of insider knowledge.


Twitter icon for Fluid

Twitter icon for Fluid

The thing about Twitter is that it is so simple. A couple of weeks ago at City university we had a roundtable discussion in practices in online journalism. This featured heavyweight online aficionados such as Pete Clifton, head of editorial development for BBC multimedia and Jemima Kiss, Guardian reporter and blogger extraordinaire.

 They all saw Twitter as a potentially excellent journalistic tool. Jemima, who is an avid tweeter herself, made the point that it is the way that people use Twitter that makes it great, not the actual site:

 “We shouldn’t obsess about Twitter as a stand alone concept- it is the power behind how it is being used. The skill with twitter is learning how to use it and how to filter it. It is a tool of communication.”

 Workshops are now actually being established to help journalists get the best out of Twitter. Matthew Ingram, communities editor at the Toronto-based globe and Mail newspaper recently ran a workshop for his colleagues and blogged about his efforts:

 Of course, there are dangers with Twitter, as you would expect with anything that is seemingly so easy to use. You need to know how to determine what is rubbish and what is actually worth something. Learning how to filter the information is surely the key to using Twitter successfully.