A lecture with Andrew Sparrow about live blogging

Andrew Sparrow is Senior political correspondent for Guardian website
He was invited by the University’s journalism staff to meet with the journalism students today and introduce us (or at least those who don’t have a blog) into the fascinating world of live blogging. He’ll talk about the origins of the blog, how it works and how can he link it so perfectly to political journalism.

I just think it is always a good chance for us to meet actual journalists who are working in the new media and apply the rules of “old fashion” journalism to the virtual one.

Some background information about A. Sparrow given by the university:
Andrew started his career on the South Wales Echo and entered the Westminster lobby in 1994. Before joining the Guardian he worked as a political correspondent for Thomson Regional Newspapers, the Western Mail, the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph. He is the author of Obscure Scribblers: A History of Parliamentary Journalism.”

More to follow at 12.10. So, i couldnt live blog because of the low wifi signal in the ‘Church’, but i tried to post on twitter. That’s better than nothing, right?

I can just write down a few things from the previous lecture using my mobile phone, but i guess Mark Hanna won’t be too happy about me doing this during the ‘Divorce’ lecture ….but still.
blogging is more transparent.it reveals how you get your info. on Twitpic

Andrew Sparrow spoke about live blogging and the great advantages that blogs bring to journalism. Though, he emphasized the fact that no blog can have the same impact as a news story put on the the front page of a newspaper. And I do think he is right about that. Nothing can substitute the old traditional journalism and the investigations carried by the journalists on field.

However, the Guardian blogger said he usually works more than 10h/day – reading news, gathering information and after that writing down the most important events of a day…for those people who don’t have time to do this while at work. It’s a tough work that takes most of your time but it’s more transparent than newspapers and definitely much more faster!

Andrew added that at first he started to write in the first person, shorter blog posts, but now he can easily go beyond 10 thousand words and readers don’t complain about that, they always ask for more info.

Other interesting stuff he said about live blogging:

– is that blogging is broadcasting and in order to do that we should monitor the press from the very morning till midnight or more.
– He said: everything i learn i can report and blogs cannot compete with newspapers. They are much faster and
– by blogging you can report things that would never go into the paper.
– Newspapers have already started to integrate print teams with web teams and some exclusive stories are published only online!

I surely hope this is the future and newspapers will start to treat their web teams equally to those from print. They don’t do that in Romania….i’ll find out how is this matter treated in England. OVER&OUT


Experimenting social media

how an addict looks like 🙂

Alright, after the seminar we had yesterday at the Uni with Matthew Eltringham from BBC I tried to get to know social media better. I think it can help you a lot in finding new stories, although going out on the streets is always better. However, this Tweetdeck is pretty smart and concise and I’m hoping to bring me some good stuff, because it’s pretty damn hard to start over with no connections in a new city. (e.g. Sheffield – for me)

On the other hand, I just think social media (including here the most famous twitter and facebook ) can eat you alive. I mean, there is so little of you and your true life left in the world. We could practically breathe the virtual air and nobody would bother. I love internet, it helps me a lot and gives me reasons to be happy, but what about the real stuff..that palpable thing that you believe in. It’s not superficial, it’s just that sometimes I miss the peace of a day in which I wouldn’t feel the need to go online.

Whatever, it could be just the late hour. I got two links to share:

1. First of all it’s a blog post about the guy from BBC. It’s on Christine Cawthorne’s website. (she teaches us, web students)

2. Secondly, it’s the trailer for a great movie about the inventor(s) of Facebook (this gigantic souls thief 😀 )

Fresh juicy start

The way to my English home

I decided to create a new blog for practicing for my seminars at the University of Sheffield. I used to blog on 360 yahoo and blogspot, but then I stopped because my past jobs just dried me of my words, so when would I arrive home all I wanted were peace and silence. I missed writing for the soul, but this is a fresh start and a good chance to practice my English. Obviously, the other blogs were in Romanian.

This is not a thematic blog, the purpose of it is just to make me feel better and why not, to make other people feel better too, if I can bring any piece of happiness through my posts.

I’m a film lover, therefore I might use this blank virtual pages to promote or to write reviews on movies once in a while.
I’m a news gatherer or I try to be one, so I’ll be focusing on that through this blog.
I’m a bit of a dark, pessimistic, curious human being who likes to wander …..

so that’s what this blog is about!

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