journalist, lecturer, researcher, blogger
At the moment...
- I lecture in online journalism at the University of Glamorgan in Cardiff.
- I freelance as a multimedia journalist and social media trainer, currently with ITV Wales.
Nice. @NUSWales on @WalesOnline today - twice: students as partners http://t.co/Y46EYzM0pN & HE policy http://t.co/LjlYeTMSYP #missingwork
Best line from my maternity leave card at @nuswales: "Is that really a baby in there or is it just a Cushion?"
Did not expect the @swpolice to be called to my afternoon film at @CineCardiff. Never seen noise turn into a fist fight.
The day Provence decides to sun up, I leave. At least Cardiff is looking more like summer!
All conferenced out. Time for one last little holiday to Provence before the baby pops out.
At first I thought it was a giant ginger mog. Oh no. It's a fox in my Rhiwbina back garden! http://t.co/otxE4dNjRA
RT @alex_trembath: Do you want to come and work in the @nusuk comms team based at NUS Services in Macclesfield? You know you want to! ht ...
Not impressed with my new #NHS surgery, North Cardiff Medical Centre. Paid £60 so I can get a fit to fly letter in time to travel.
Is it normal to pay an #NHS GP £60 for a fit to fly letter when you're pregnant? Seems steep. A MAT1B form is free and nearly the same.
US @statedept email warns me to watch out for Mrs T protests. Of all things that could me in grave danger as a US citizen :/ #maggieattacks
As if the one day I need to be in London for work is next Wednesday.
wow. i thought leaving @o2uk in Oct 2011 meant I was done w/ their horrible service. apparently not. discovered they've pissed on my credit.
A few months ago, I asked a few hyperlocal people to share some of their best “digital stories”. What they pointed to looked nothing like the 2-minutes-and-a-bit first-person-narrative videos that the #DS6 digital storytellers have developed. Will Perrin pointed out Spitalfields Life. Joe Stashko shared Blog Preston’s EDL/UAF demo coverage. Nicky Getgood told me about her [...]
After last week’s #daftarrest of Carmarthenshire blogger Jacqui @caebrwyn Thompson for filming a council meeting, I put my name on this petition. (I don’t ever do this. In fact, this is the only petition I’ve ever signed.) Simply put, I think elected officials who invite the public into their public meetings, should also welcome [...]
The debate rages on. People are cooling from the word “hyperlocal”, keen to replace it with something else. But what? What flavour is your journalism? (If you even call it journalism.) Two studies point toward a typology, or taxonomy, of local news and information sites. One comes from the USA: Michele McLellan and her list of seven [...]
Scaling up can help hyperlocalists stay strong and sustainable. This can be found in a network, which Journal Local’s founder Philip John blogged about this week. Then he pointed out some of these networks existing in the UK, headlining that they showed “the US how it should be done”. I agree with quite a bit [...]
I’m fascinated with Seattle’s hyperlocal media. (Judging by the American report on the State of the Media 2011, I’m not alone. The Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism just released a special report on Seattle as a case study for new media.) And to answer the question in the headline, I don’t really [...]
With the unraveling of TBD.com came a camp of criticism from all sides. Most interesting — to me — was the label the site was branded: hyperlocal. Is a news organisation that covers the Washington D.C. metro area really hyperlocal? [View the story "Towards a definition of "hyperlocal" news... to be determined" on Storify]
Last October, I left the newsroom to become a ‘portfolio journalist‘. Eh? you say. Give up a full-time job in this economic climate? But I did. And in replacing one job, I took on three and a full-time PhD. Six months later, I’ve learned a few lessons: Lesson 1 Burnout isn’t exclusive to the newsroom. Try juggling [...]
I [heart] Twitter. Such a simple service with so much power. But it just hasn’t won me over the way a certain, special social network has. There are just so many more friendly people, fun games, interesting pictures, and gifts. It’s so complex, and full of character. You know which one I’m talking about: Facebook. Twitter may [...]
If I had days-of-the-week knickers, Monday would have yourCardiff emblazoned on the bum. Tuesday would sport CaptureCardiff. Wednesday would go to ClickonWales. Thursday? Friday? Saturday? I’m waiting to find out who else will launch a news site this week. Everyone wants a bit of action. If the capital of Wales was ever in need of more news, that void [...]
Two, trainee journalists furiously peck out and publish their notes straight to Twitter. They’re sat in a civic society meeting in the Llandaff ward of Cardiff. Advertised on the High Street notice board, the sign read open to everyone. So they paid the £1 donation to get through the door of the parish hall. They introduced themselves to members of [...]