I’m currently migrating my website theme from TwentyTen to TwentyEleven, so apologies for any inconsistencies and mess whilst this is going on…
Bournemouth University has just announced a series of fully-funded PhD scholarships.
One of the projects that has been awarded funding will be under my supervision, entitled: “News, the Internet and Political Protest: Al-Jazeera, BBC and Reuters Reporting of the Arab Spring and its Aftermath”
William Davis and Lauren Rabaino’s posts about how Bangor Daily News adopted WordPress (and indeed Google Docs*) as part of their publishing workflow (it even feeds InDesign) has inspired me to revisit my own post about using WordPress as a news website. That was a slightly crude list of plugins that might be useful in adding functionality to WordPress required to implement important features for journalism and effective newsroom routines.
We are currently embarking on a redevelopment of a news website for our postgraduate journalism programmes at Bournemouth University, so I welcome any thoughts and suggestions on experiences with the below plugins – or indeed how you have implemented WordPress as a news website in your organisation.
* I remain unconvinced by using Google Docs as part of an online news workflow since it removes the writing process from the hypertext environment of the story (read: digital storytelling). There are other benefits, for sure, including better ability for real-time collaboration and subediting, but I’m not certain those outweigh the negatives.
I was rather struck by the tone and manner in which Obama announced the killing of Osama bin Laden today, and particularly how it contrasted with that of the Bush administration when they captured Saddam Hussein in 2003. See below clips for some interesting rhetorical and stylistic comparisons… [Read more…]
Occasional updates from the Nonhuman Narratives Symposium at Bournemouth University, 27th April 2011. Refresh page for updates. [Read more…]