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#Podcast: The changing face of journalism in Iraq

March 19th, 2013 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Podcast

To coincide with the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, this week’s podcast looks at how journalism has changed in the country.

From an explosion of new media outlets through the civil war and into the revolution in communications technology, the journalists we spoke to have a wealth of experience in the country.

  • Dahr Jamail, author and investigative journalist, Al-Jazeera English
  • Osama Mohammed, Baghdad bureau chief, Al-Jazeera English
  • Nic Robertson, award-winning foreign correspondent, CNN
  • Steven Lee Myers, embedded journalist and Baghdad bureau chief 2009-2011, the New York Times

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: Note the new way to embed a tweet

Image by shawncampbell on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Image by shawncampbell on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

It now takes fewer clicks to embed a tweet on a news site or blog.

Twitter announced that it has improved its embedded tweets function on Tuesday (22 January), making “embedded tweets more engaging, useful and fast”.

Embedded tweets now load faster and appear more like they do on Twitter as they now display photos. Note that only photos displayed on Twitter will show as a full picture when embedded, Instagram pictures, for example, will show as a link.

To embed a tweet you now click on ‘more’ and then on ‘embed tweet’. Previously it required you to click on ‘expand’ and then ‘details’ before being given the embed option.

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You can also do the same with the latest version of TweetDeck.

TweetDeck-new

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MediaLens’ response to Alex Thomson on Afghanistan

September 3rd, 2010 | 18 Comments | Posted by in About us

A response from the website MediaLens to Alex Thomson’s piece on the Afghanistan war and the practicalities of embed journalism:

In his September 1 piece, ‘Afghanistan: the rough guide to roughness’, Alex Thomson writes:

“Chief among the carpers about embedding, of course, the indefatigable editors at MediaLens who get extremely hoity-toity at the entire concept of embedding.

“However, ask them how they would cover Helmand if they were off to the main bazaar, Lashkar Gah, at noon next Tuesday and guess what? Total silence from the normally electronically incontinent MediaLens email service. Which rather clinches the argument, simple though it is.”

This is false. In April, Alison Banville, an activist and freelance journalist, asked us to respond to Thomson’s question. We did so and she forwarded the following comments to Thomson on 3 April:

“From the Davids [David Edwards and David Cromwell, editors of MediaLens]:

“He’s never asked us ‘how will you cover Helmand assuming you are going there next week?’ The answer is that he should report it as he would any illegal invasion of a sovereign state. He should report it as he would have reported the 1979-89 Soviet invasion and occupation. In other words, present the opinion of the invading forces, of the people under occupation, including the resistance, and of experts in international law who declare the whole operation illegal.

“Obviously, alongside the warmongers, leading anti-war commentators should be regularly quoted and featured: Chomsky, Herman, Pilger, Goodman, Curtis, Ellsberg, et al. I’m not suggesting he could achieve all of that himself in the field, but his reports should be part of a news service that does. There’s no question of intellectual cowardice [on our part, as claimed by Thomson] – the answer couldn’t be more obvious. Happy for you to quote us on this.”

Thomson responded to Banville’s email on the same day, expressing agreement with our comments while claiming that Channel 4 had already done as we had suggested.

Thomson now claims that by “total silence” he meant we had totally evaded his question – hard to reconcile with the meaning of “total silence” and with his positive response on April 3 when he made no mention of evasion.

The truth is that we never avoid difficult questions from mainstream journalists. On the contrary, we are forever seeking to engage them in written debate and are consistently ignored or fobbed off. Readers can find 3,000 pages of examples here: http://www.medialens.org/alerts/archive.php

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – finding an embed code

Embedding multimedia: If you want to embed multimedia content, for example a CoveritLive blog, but don’t have the code, try searching for it in the page source. On Firefox this is found on the menu bar under ‘View’. Tipster: Laura Oliver.

To submit a tip to Journalism.co.uk, use this link – we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.

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