Sunday, December 18, 2005

The revolution is over

Can print journalists with two weeks tv training make good tv? Well you be the judge have ended the argument. The revolution is over. A thorough joy; hard work, but the results say it all. I'll be writing more about this on Also the pioneers of the scheme will be sharing some throughts- hopefully, but as steve outing from says "the future of the net is, er, video".

Wednesday, December 14, 2005


...and that's why what's happening in the US, as opposed to Blighty, is hugely educational. As usual we're late in the UK and the press has given it scant mention, but Rocket boom and Steve Garfield's video blog, have me hooked. The logic is all so perfect: short, humorous pieces wikth that viral quality.

For other genres the jury is somewhat out, but again there is an underlying paradigm, that strengthens the whole model of videojournalism online. Get that TV Exec, dumping traditional TV online might bring in an audience, but the medium, online vs sitting in your comfy sofa laying back are different. Online, you're a 15 second click away from someone leaving.

So where does that leave factual-based programmes? I reckon high end productions, and strong pithy narratives are the answer, just as writing for the net is about targeting time poor punters.

This next year, the cat's out of the bag now, will see further pressure on traditional TV, with the new vloggers gaining ground and so far we're yet to feel the impact here, but then the beauty of geomorphous Net will alter all that. Here, here for Rocket Boom

Monday, December 12, 2005


fabulous stuff from the Hull Daily Mail who after two weeks of basic videojournalism are posting stories online that defies belief. the landscape truly is changing. Long day again today, but enjoyable. The film also should be finished soon

Thursday, December 08, 2005

insurgency in iraq and domestic politics

Professor Ahmed s. Hashim is a remarkably distinguished scholar. His subject is Insurgency and Counter Insurgency in Iraq and to a Chatham House audience, it's fair to say we were hooked by his knowledge and candour about the war in Iraq. There was so much to take in e.g. personal photos, testimonials of insurgent factions - many debunking myths that the media itself has been party to.

His snapshot from Tal Afar in which he spent time, also in his other capacity in the US Army [his job which brought him to Chatham House is as an academic in the Strategic Research Department of the Navel War College in the US]. I'll write more on the actual event later.

But it's a quagmire beyond any semblence of our fed comprehension and it appears more and more that UK/US officials have little idea about what to do.

Meanwhile, friends seeing the new conservative leader, David Cameron, are actually considering voting for him, by default also his party. It was his walkabout in Brixton that showed a level of ease and also political sophistication, that while naked, has gone down pretty well. And that comment to blair, "you were the future once" was cyanide.

Is there mileage in a course about the media and military? I have met a few academics who think so... busy day today.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

the new republicans

Could I possibly finding myself rooting for the new UK conservative leader, Mr Cameron. The day starting with a smittering of incredulous punditry from Today guests, pontificating why labour would rule the day - something to do with policy. Come on!
Firstly, just as there was anti-tory sentiment that got Mr Blair in government so the yukky boot is now on his foot. So all Mr Cameron has to do is sound sensible..cuz at the very least, one party states are not a good thing, and we've had that for a while. The fathers of the US constition had the very best intentions for there to be healthy tension between the two houses - something that's been lacking in UK politics..

But could I, alas, find myself voting for the tories. Well there's still the tory hardliners there which would strain the arm come election day. But what if he does a root and branch ala Blair. Now that would be interesting.

I have also noticed newsnight on BBC TV leaving an ident on its show that we can view online. I wonder how many people are doing so. I had a 2 hour talks with a BBC exec recently lamenting the lack of figures and that even on broadband they weren't pulling em in.

Well where's the beef? Where's the added value for going online; where a report would reveal that something it did not on its terrestrial equivalent? And why if the BBC wants a new audience doesn't it leave the tag soliciting an audience on the show permanently.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Near Completition

The blog.. this will be the umpteenth. I'm much better at building sites, but I've relented to laying my thoughts down. Getting ready to head off back to Howden to catch up on videojos.