I had the good fortune to attend KiwiFoo (aka Baa Camp), a kind of unconference which brings together a cluster of people from various fields who share at least one thing: a burning passion for what they do. Hard to go wrong with a starting point like that and sure enough it proved a hugely […]
Here are some notes from a workshop I participated in at Webstock about managing and sustaining communities online. It was led by Heather Champ, community manager for Flickr, and Derek Powazek, founder of Fray and more recently MagCloud, a web-to-print publishing site I’ve been meaning to link to for a while (but that’s for another post).
I’m at Webstock and I’m sitting across the table from a guy who built the BBC’s iPlayer and customisable homepage, next to the manager of NZ On Screen and listening to US journalist and blogger Annalee Newitz talk about how science fiction gives us vocabulary and a frame of reference for emerging technologies.
Iqbal Quadir talks about Grameen Phone
Clips from the BBC’s Britain From Above series.
From the BBC.
RSS in Plain English is a great introduction to RSS and using RSS readers to keep track of news and blog posts. From www.commoncraft.com.
The radio documentaries, aired by the BBC World Service, look at what we would be missing if everday mundane things had never existed. This week they look at copper. “Without copper there’d be no lighting, electrical power for lighting, no radio, no renewable energy systems, no working automobiles, air conditioning or refrigerators, no digital electronics, no computing, no safe drinking water distribution…
Every now and then newsrooms receive edicts banning overused phrases and ungainly words. The use of access and impact as verbs springs to mind – something we were on constant guard against on the Business pages of the Daily Telegraph when I was there a few years ago. Apparently, this is nothing new. The NZ Herald in its 1966 Manual of Journalism exhorted its writers thus: “In recent years, without making them pass any sort of entrance examination, we seem to have admitted dozens of words which usually have little excuse for appearing in a newspaper. Some examples: ‘Few air services operated yesterday because of fog.’ Why not: ‘Fog stopped most air services yesterday.’
Another piece of nostalgia from the NZ Herald Manual of Journalism 1967. Pneumatic tubes as a story delivery system within newsrooms were before my time but what a shame, they look cracking.