Archive for the 'Journalism' Category

BBC newscasts

Recently, I upgraded to the latest generation plasma TV from Panasonic (probably last too). I found that BBC news is one of the last bastions of low-rez programming (720p). Yet, I’m still hooked to their news reports and the Business section with Sally Bundock. Content is King.

ITV blogs from Afghanistan

ITV has started blogging recently. You can find the individual blogs here. Here’s a sample of the video blogging from Afghanistan:

Lighting web video

Poor video lighting isn’t something you can only find on the web. Amateur videos of all sorts suffer from its effects. I wrote a little article on three-point lighting at the Wikipedia that describes the most basic lighting setup. The three point lighting setup may be simple but it’s useful in 80% of cases – […]

Politkovskaya killer “known”

“The killer of dissident reporter Anna Politkovskaya is known to Russian authorities but has not yet been charged…”. That’s the statement of the chief investigator on the case that appeared in an interview on Monday. Here’s a bit more from Reuters: “We have so far not charged the killer but we know who he is,” […]

Microsoft is amidst a mid-life crisis when it comes to identity. It takes a toll on Surface, which didn’t find the acceptance in business that everyone expected. So when something sells poorly (less than a million units), you slash the price. This is what Microsoft did and Windows tablets now start at just $349. Let’s […]

Jeffrey Sachs on freedom of speech

I just stumbled upon an article marking the 75th anniversary of the BBC. About one third of it is based on Jeffrey Sachs’ Reith Lectures. Here’s a few important points: A terrorist shot in Sarajevo provided the pretext for German aggression which started World War I. 9/11 was used by the Bush Administration to launch […]

Vidize Review

Nicolas Kayser-Bril has done a review of the Vidize beta (in French). You can read it here although if French isn’t your first language, you can read a loose translation from Google.

Murdoch to reinvent WSJ

With the deal between News Corp and Dow Jones finally over, Rupert Murdoch is focusing on the Wall Street Journal. To this end, he has already “outsourced” the European and Asian operations to his son and heir. In addition to all the changes to the Journal’s print edition, Murdoch plans to make the online edition […]

Reuters Paris on strike today

If you’ve expected ANY bad news from Paris, you can relax for at least a day. The Paris bureau of Reuters voted yesterday in favor of a 24-hour strike. The strike is in protest at a ‘deliberate policy’ of staff reductions (see also BBC staff reduction). ‘The decision (to strike) demonstrates the concern of the […]

BBC lay offs delayed

When the BBC announced they’ll cut their 1,800 of their workforce, they probably expected the unions to strike back. They did – as Guardian reports – with a threat for a strike unless BBC talk to them first. As a result, BBC will delay the lay offs with two weeks (i.e. till November 5) while […]