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Notes from Cardiff Tomorrow’s Journalists Conference: Blogging love-in, lobby reform, local gloom and blond bombshells

Tomorrow's journalists conference at Cardiff University

Yesterday Cardiff School of Journalism alumni and current students gathered in the Bute Building in Cardiff to hear a broad spectrum of industry professionals give their views on the future of journalism at the Tomorrow’s Journalists Conference 2010.

I was there to take part in the final talk along with the fabulous Hattie Brett from Grazia and Sally Rourke from ITV.

Throughout the rest of the day we were treated to the latest ideas and views from journalists from all fields – looking at all topics from the relationship between Google and the BBC, to political spin, and the uncertain future of S4C. Here are my notes from the day. Read the rest of this entry »

Social gaming, journalism and letting go of storytelling


During my beatblogging antics recently I fell across a new idea which gave me one of those rare and exciting moments when you see things through a different lens.

Pervasive gaming, as it is known, is the idea that you play a game in public and the unknowing bystanders become part of the game without will. While chatting with social design man and newbie gamer Julian Sykes I was introduced to some other projects which are all based around the idea of engaging with the public through storytelling in unusual ways.

Earlier this year during the ‘What’s next for niche’ talk at the second News:Rewired conference, one of my fellow panellists, Philip Trippenbach – a freelance interactive producer, spoke eloquently about gaming and journalism. While I didn’t admit it openly at the time, I’m not sure I quite followed exactly what Philip was saying. (This was partly to do with the fact the blood was still ringing in my ears after giving my presentation to a room full of editors and CEOs). But I now read back over the post on his blog and it seems to make a lot more sense – “this is where journalism should go,” he concludes.

An idea of how gaming relates to journalism is beginning to take shape in my own mind and I want to lay out these thoughts to see if I can get a better grasp on the concept – it seems developments in social gaming could not only be a part of how journalism develops in the future, but are already part of how it functions today. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by hrwaldram

October 11, 2010 at 8:36 am