Author Archives | John Blauth

Decline and recovery

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Facebook has done something incredible: after managing to raise US$16 billion in its 2012 IPO, selling 25 per cent of its shares, it has now succeeded to lose both its cool and its core salaried audience.

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New owners, old necessities

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Great newspapers need time to evolve. Many decades passed before papers including the Times, the Guardian and the Mail became trusted organs, charged by their readers to keep an eye on those in power. Continue Reading

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All’s blithe in Blighty

untitledWhat a glorious, frabjous couple of days. Quite took one’s mind off the heat. I was there, the day that the Cambridge Royal baby was born. By there I don’t mean ‘there’. That would have been intrusive. I mean anxiously awaiting The News along with the rest of Her Majesty’s Press. Continue Reading

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The cream finally rises

untitledThere are visible and happy signs that online publishing is evolving – in a good way. Continue Reading

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Too much, too soon

Eleanor Mills, writer and journalist for, among others, the Sunday Times, effectively asks the question: do the big ISPs such as BT, Sky, TalkTalk, EE, O2 and Virgin, and the big web companies Google, Twitter and Facebook help or hinder pornographers? Continue Reading

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A foot in the door

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It’s that time of year again… graduation looms for students in all disciplines. And it’s time that all media folk, from freelances to CEOs gave a helping hand to the bright young things emerging, blinking, into the sunlight after three years in a library. Continue Reading

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Lynch mob journalism

A while back the News of the World (RIP) launched a campaign to ‘name and shame’ those child abusers and molesters who come under the collective noun paedophile. Almost inevitably, once the campaign kicked off, a paediatrician was mistaken for the latter by an illiterate person or persons unknown and thus was abused as a consequence. Continue Reading

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Hip to be square

As a magazine junkie I am given to covering a wide field of periodicals. To some I have a subscription and buy others on a whim; there is no rhyme or reason as to which end up on my desk. Continue Reading

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“Before we all sink into a slough of digital dystopian despair, it might be worth considering this: is this a sign of the strength, not weakness, of revelatory journalism in the digital age?”


Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.


(Source: POLIS)

 

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