A newspaper that understands social networks: The Independent and i Paper’s use of Twitter

The Independent was founded in 1986 and has since featured much stimulating and radical content between its pages. It has been criticised as being a ‘viewspaper’, as opposed to a newspaper, due to the fact that the paper includes a lot of opinion, comment and reviews. Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, has said of […]

A blog at one with social media: The Huffington Post’s use of Twitter

Founded in May 2005 by Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post is a news blog, which features varied content including entertainment, politics, business, culture, technology, and much much more. In 2009, the website came second in Time’s 25 Best Blogs of that year, and is currently eBiz’s number one Most Popular Political Website with an estimated 54 million unique visitors every […]

Should journalists have the power to break news first? – The BBC’s use of Twitter

The BBC has had a troublesome time of late with it being involved in the Jimmy Savile scandal, and then the whole debacle with Newsnight naming of a man alleged to be a paedophile, but who actually wasn’t a paedophile. On the whole, though, the BBC News website has maintained its popularity throughout the 15 […]

Does the paywall affect social activity? – The Times’ use of Twitter

The Times was first published in London in 1785 and has had an online presence since 1999. Before July 2010, The Times was receiving 21 million (unique) users per month, but with the declining sale figures for print, owners News International made the drastic decision to put the paper behind a pay wall. Anyone who […]

Twitter: a utilisation of knowledge or a collection of ignorance?

Hayek (1979) said ignorance can be conquered “not by the acquisition of more knowledge, but by the utilisation of knowledge which is and remains widely dispersed among individuals.” Alfred Hermida used this quote in his 2010 essay entitled ‘Twittering the news – the emergence of ambient journalism’ to describe micro-blogging. In this post, I am […]

Can print and online journalism ever exist together happily?

Is the online revolution of journalism as fast-paced as everyone thinks? Are newspapers really on the brink of dying a cold, hard, software-related death? Steen Steensen thinks not, as described in his blog post – Online journalism and the promises of new technology, part 1: The revolution that never happened (2010). I agree with him, to […]