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The past and future of the news bundle

In December, I was invited to contribute to Nieman Lab’s predictions for 2015. My article looked at the re-emergence of the bundling of news....

How rumours about the Sydney siege spread on social media

It has become one of the hallmarks of the news now. Whenever there is a dramatic event, social media instantly comes alive with comment...

Social media as the guerilla warzone of the internet

My latest piece for The Conversation on the use of social media by extremist groups: On an overcast afternoon in London in May 2013,...

How OccupyCentral used social media to bypass censorship

The protests in Hong Kong have been marked by the use of smartphones and social media to bypass Chinese government censorship of the internet....

This was #ASMC14 on Twitter

I was fortunate to take part in the conference at the University of Amsterdam on Social Media and the Transformation of Public Space. There...

A look at the ICA 2014 annual conference on Twitter

The annual conference of the International Communication Association brought together communication, media and journalism scholars from across the world to Seattle for four days....

Tracking the rise of the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag

The #BringBackOur Girls hashtag started out from Nigeria on April 23 and by May 9 had been included in 2,451,529  million tweets. Using Crimson Hexagon’s...

Anatomy of the Stephen Colbert Twitter storm

All it took was a single tweet out of context to ignite a Twitter tornado. On Thursday, a tweet from the Colbert Show account,...

What was your first tweet?

Looking back into the archive of Twitter can be an embarrassing affair. That very first tweet may be glib, profound or simply express confusion...

Lessons for journalists on what gets retweeted

If you work in the news business, tweets with photos or a quote lead to greater engagement. That’s one of the findings from research by...

Why the Ellen Oscar selfie went viral

In less than an hour, a snapshot sent by Ellen DeGeneres during the Oscars became the most retweeted message in the history of Twitter. The selfie was packed with Hollywood stars, from Jennifer Lawrence to Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt to Kevin Spacey. Show More Summary

Guide to verifying information on social media

The slides and audio from my keynote at the Journalism Education Association of Australia annual conference on December 3, 2013, in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia. When facts are fluid: Emerging best practices to verify information on social media Abstract: Journalists have always had to balance the need to be fast with the need to be right. Show More Summary

BBC News milestone highlights the rise of mobile

Here’s something to sit up and take note – for two days in July, more people visited BBC News on mobile phones than via their computers. The two days were Sunday 14 July and Saturday 20 July. Natalie Malinarich, world editor at BBC News...Show More Summary

Guardian results offer reasons to be cheerful about digital

The latest annual results from the Guardian suggest that its digital strategy may be paying off. Digital revenue for Guardian News & Media, the publisher of the Guardian and Observer, were up by almost a third to £55.9m. The publisher now receives 28% of its total revenues of £196.3m from digital. Show More Summary

The value of global sharing to musicians

Nancy Baym of Microsoft Research kicked off the session on the transnational dimensions of spreadable media at MIT8. She gave an insight into her research on musicians and international audiences. Her research takes on the two dominant discourses about music audiences. Show More Summary

MIT8 panel tackles oversharing and the meaning of privacy

This year’s Media in Transition (MIT8) conference at MIT addresses question of the shifting nature of the public and the private, kicking off with a panel on oversharing. The panel brings together Feona Attwood, Middlesex University (UK), David Rosen, author and Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard University, moderated by Nick Montfort. Show More Summary

State of the Media 2013 report finds social media ‘indispensable’

Social media has become “indispensable” for journalists, says the latest State of the Media report. The annual report by Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism highlights the importance of social media to news organisations. Show More Summary

BBC College of Journalism introduction to social media

The BBC College of Journalism is a treasure trove of advice, lessons and tips for any budding or experienced journalist. Outside of the UK, it is only available on a subscription basis. The College of Journalism tends to post videos from events on its Youtube channel. Show More Summary

50 essential blogs for journalists

The UK journalism site,, has put together a list of 5o blogs on journalism. The list  covers “blogging reporters who share their tips and experiences of mobile journalism, blogging journalism educators, and bloggingShow More Summary

xkcd cartoon on the problem with heatmaps

When data analysis and visualisation goes wrong: The problem with heatmaps, captured perfectly by xkcd.   (Via Danny Sanchez)

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