On The Morning Of Going To Birmingham

This post should go live just as I finish my talk on ‘Citizen Journalism’ somewhere in Birmingham.  I’m actually writing this at 5am before getting ready to leave and catch my train.

It’s been a weird thing to write – I had no idea who my audience would be.  Would they be hard-bitten editors of national newspapers?  Would they be bloggers seeking insight into citizen journalism, or would it be a mix of all different people.

So I decided to keep my talk pretty simple, not concerning myself with the nuts and bolts of how ‘us’ and ‘them’ (an what a distiction that is!) would work together.  I even stopped myself from trying to predict the future.

Instead I thought that I’d tell everyone about two ethical concerns that have popped up in the last few weeks, and have a discussion around them.  There is going to be a panel discussion in the afternoon which I’m more looking forward to – hopefully they won’t mistake the simplicity of the presentation with a simplicity of my mind.

If you are interested in the presentation, there is a Powerpoint file for download.  Note that some images may be copyrighted, that the powerpoint goes with the presentation and that I do indeed have cute animals in it.  If there is a video, I’ll try to make it available for download.

I’ll update later with how it went.

(I wonder if they'll notice I never slept last night?)

16 thoughts on “On The Morning Of Going To Birmingham”

  1. Sadly at the moment it seems to be a case of looking for the little bits of ointment in a big jar of flies.The Girl With A One Track Mind story referenced in Tom's presentation referred to The Times, a newspaper many would regard as the definition of sober broadsheet journalism rather than sensationalist red-top. And the BBC news website has of late seemed to be less “independent news site” and more “Celebrity Big Brother Watch”.

  2. That's an interesting set of slides, Mr Reynolds. I wonder who your audience was on the day.I'm a journalist during the day, and recently enrolled in my local first responder group, so I've been reading your blog (and book) with great interest over the last few months. My interest in your writing is two-fold – both on the 'new media' side, and to pick up experience about treating patients. So I'm an amateur to your professional, and vice versa.

    I'm fascinated by your view of the mainstream media and its ethical standards. I chose my current full-time profession because it I wanted to dig up the truth on subjects some people would rather keep quiet – I'm not constrained by any corporate agenda. I'm a business journalist, so I write on product recalls, market regulation, insider trading. Not very sexy, but at least the guy who manages all our pensions gets to know why he lost money. In my own way, I think I do some good. How has the media engendered the lack of trust you describe? We don't all write for tabloid rags, you know.

    I wonder if you think the MSM can still be a force for good. Was the Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya worth reading? What about Hrant Dink in Turkey? Journalists die attempting to exercise rights we take for granted in our country. The red-tops may be the fly in the ointment, but I'd still like to have the ointment.

    There is one big difference between us. I have to write to deadline – and put my name to my work. Bloggers write when they want to – and have the option to remain anonymous. It's a pretty lonely place, you know!

  3. Very nice presentation.I myself was threatened with the sack when my orignal Blog…best not name it…was brought to the attention of my employer by another employee. I thought it was harmless, nothng to identify me, but after 18months of writing there was enough in the tiny slips and details for them to work it out.

    It's easy for it to happen, and our so called right to free speech is very very fragile, this made me very aware of this fact

    On a lighter note….do I detect the “Dave Gorman” School of Powerpoint?

  4. Tom, you were an absolute star and I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation. Hope other people can enjoy the PowerPoint even without your ambidextrous, Mac-mouse-and-PC-spacebar delivery (like watching brain surgery, but without the bleeping).

  5. If you watch the video of my talk (the next post, which wasn't available when you made this comment), you'll see that I'm actually all *for* journalism. I don't think that bloggers are journalists at all.The point I made during my talk was that MSM had bad publicity, some of it brought about by themselves, and partly because bloggers are seen as more trustworthy because we are 'normal' and are part of a 'community'.

    So I hate the term 'Citizen journalist', think that journalists are on the whole pretty good, and am more than happy to be seen as a provider of User Generated Content.

    But then again – as I mention in the talk – I'm not a journalist. And I got a good response from the audience because I'm not one of these 'All journalists are dinosaurs, blogging is the way of the future' type people.

  6. My God – 225 slides!?! I generally struggle with 40 in an hour – guess our presentation styles must be a little different…In the area of healthcare that I work in, MSM stands for 'men who have sex with men'. This threw me for a bit.

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