Posts tagged: citizen journalism

An introduction to Halima – by Halima!

Halima Amin, Waves PR's new intern

Whilst my coffee making skills are close to magnificent, I am thrilled to be working as a pro active and contributing intern for Waves PR, alongside Claire (Thompson).

My name is Halima Amin, a third year University student and aspiring writer who has been collecting experience in both the PR and journalism (mostly review and interview) fields .

I’ve completed an internship at WhatsOn Magazine based in Birmingham and am currently a contributing writer to both and Alternative Magazine Online. Whilst my future will most definitely involve all kinds of writing, I aim to also further myself in the PR field. The appeal of working on both sides of the fence, as a writer and in press relations, lies in the dynamism of the PR industry.

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Be Careful What You Wish For….

Post by Claire Thompson, Freelance PR Consultant, Waves PR

Claire Thompson, Waves PR

Claire Thompson, Waves PR, freelance PR consultant

I was wishing, hard, that Google would let me in on Google +. It has, and now suddenly I’m thinking it will take me years to organise my contacts and am somewhat concerned that if I don’t some measurement company will dive in with a measurement tool for ‘influence’ – at the moment my followed is far more than my followers because half of my ‘followed’ don’t have Facebook accounts leave alone Google +, (my gmail account’s always been for private stuff rather than work related). Although I do have a Google profile for my Claire at Waves PR email address  which is used to access analytics. I can’t link the two accounts. This will need resolving. My to do list just got longer. It feels like a huge invasion of privacy, but I’m   simultaneously compelled to dive in.  I may follow Mr Zuckerberg and the Google execs into privacy mode! ((Oops reverse that – they just went back into public again.)

So whilst I’m wishing that perhaps I’d not wished so hard for a Google + account, the big story that’s been raging, of course, is the News of the World telephone tapping debacle. UK print media needed this like a hole in the head! I, like most people, am absolutely appalled that someone can not only tap into a dead girls phone but delete messages that could have helped bring someone to justice sooner. The person concerned lacked any kind of morality and was quite rightly put behind bars.

But before we get hot under the collar about tapping, we should probably get hot under the collar about ethics.

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The Hargreaves Report

Charter for Digital Rights

Image by tuija via Flickr

There’s so much being said about the Hargreaves Report that I scarcely need to repeat it here, but if you’d like to read the original, here’s the link:

And here’s the press release announcement.

There’s lots of online comment, most of it positive. But, as with all things, there will be winners and losers. For me, one of the most  interesting things that’s being discussed is digital rights direct payments. Thinking this through, this could have an additional impact on micropayments for journalism if implemented – as well as those artists – including photographers – who currently use third parties (like istock) to sell on their wares if they want payment.

This could absolutely change the face of paid journalism and create an egalitarian market where good quality work is sought after and rewarded.  It will be interesting to see where this pans out. If I was Twitter, one of the content distributors but still looking for a revenue model, I might be keeping a very close eye on this potential lifeline.


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How Are Media & Journalism Evolving

Posted by Claire Thompson, freelance PR consultant, Waves PR

Some interesting takeaways from a recent survey on journalists and social media.

The figures are Stateside, so perhaps to be viewed in that light, but what amazes me (operationally) is how few are using listening tools. and how few don’t mine LinkedIn for contacts.


Nice piece of research guys – great sharing!

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