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Archive for December 2010

Top new media developments of 2010

Another year over and another smattering of predictions of new media developments in 2010; some made tentatively – knowing the pitfalls of trying to guess future trends; others made largely on what we can see happening already.

Media moguls wait patiently for the days when they can begin cataloguing 2010 moments, and predict the next big thing of 2011. It’s their right to do so – they’ve seen the industry change rapidly over the last few years and no doubt some hope to be on the money with their foresight.

But before we go on to take a stab and how the media landscape will look at the end of 2011, many of us have been dozily wallowing through the months that were 2010 – analysing the top media moments and smugly reminiscing on new media breakthroughs.

In 2008 I wrote on my addiction to end of year top ten lists. Here’s my top ten of the top ten 2010 reviews: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by hrwaldram

December 31, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Privacy and the audience: Who are you talking to?

As 2010 draws to a close, a topic has been dominating my thoughts on social media for a while now – privacy.

As one who could safely be tick-boxed in the ‘digital native’ bracket – changing online privacy settings when setting up new accounts is simply second nature.

But Facebook’s constant chopping and changing of their unnecessarily complicated privacy settings have not only been frustrating – but have thrown up a key question – should online privacy be the burden of the user or the platform?

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Written by hrwaldram

December 23, 2010 at 11:50 am

Grappling with Google maps: Creating a ward map of Cardiff

Recently over on the Guardian Cardiff blog I’ve been experimenting with using Google maps to display certain bits of local government data, as well as creating collaborative maps with readers for local events.

Often council reports are stocked full of data broken down by ward which should be easily mappable – and which would allow readers to quickly digest the data in an accessible way.

When such reports are issued the council rarely includes a map to display the data – and if it does, it’s a pdf file which can take hours to translate into a Google map.

One problem which constantly presents itself is the lack of local government ward maps which would provide a template to map certain bits of data onto. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by hrwaldram

December 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm

What is a fully converged journalist? – NCTJ Journalism Skills Conference 2010

How Liveblogging is Changing Journalism

Liveblogging from a bench - is this convergence journalism? Photo:

Regional editors and journalism lecturers came together this morning to discuss what makes a journalist ‘fully converged’.

As part of day two of the National Council for the Training of Journalist’s (NCTJ) Journalism Skills Conference, I took part in this discussion alongside Ed Walker, communities editor at Media Wales, and Kevin Leonard from BBC Cardiff (see my presentation here). Read the rest of this entry »