Today I'm pulp I look at a magazine that was a trailblazer for modern photo-led #journalism: VU.
First published in Paris in 1928 VU was a magazine that put the photograph first. Over 3,000 photos were used in its first year of publication alone.
The timing was auspicious: the Leica 1 camera had been released in 1925 and the Rolleiflex would launch in 1929. High quality portable photography was making its breakthrough and VU magazine would pioneer it's journalistic use.
But now, onto my own personal summation of this all. The @Guardian, it is THE paper and site that gives most national (UK) and international (USA, Australia, the damned world) to coverage of issues like poverty, class. It has worldclass investigative #journalism. But.....
... but I admit to being more than fully cheesed off with the Guardian myself. I was a loyal funder, around 60 quid a month, I stopped completely, because the Guardian's new policies were so idiotic and off-putting, not to mention counter-productive.
But, bluntly, the @Guardian still is THE major newspaper in the UK, the USA or Australia, to give a very wide range of opinion from the public, & to also give reasonably trustworthy investigative #journalism.
I refuse to contribute money, but it's still very much my first go-to.
Oh, and let's discuss that bit of trivia, that went trending on Twitter for a short while, only in the UK, naturally. The #BoycottTheGuardian garbage. Because maybe the UK could benefit from dosing up the tapwater with lithium and haloperidol too.
For those who don't know it: the @guardian is a broadsheet, i.e. a respectable newspaper, not a scandal-mongering tabloid, based in the UK, though its web-presence is heavy in the USA and Australia. It is the smallest of national broadsheets in the UK, and the best one.
The @Guardian, national broadsheet w/ the smallest subscription in the UK, is also the most "left"-wing & liberal of the UK national broadsheets. Known 1821 till 1959 as the Manchester Guardian, it has done a huge deal of v important investigative #journalism over the centuries.
I don't have a course to give a pep talk to any more, so if you're starting any #Journalism undergrad course in the morning, here are my top tips.
1) Today is the first day of your professional life as a journalist. Keep your eye on the exit. Three years will pass very quickly, if you wait until finals to think about your first job you've missed the opportunity.
2) Noone in the real world cares about your marks, so long as you pass everything. It's nice to get a First, and with the right attitude it's more than possible, but given the choice between brilliant grades and work experience, take the placement. Every. Time.
She went on: you’re busy, you’re just a normal civilian person, you run a small business, you’re focused on working, your family, how did you figure out and know what was wrong with Trump, Russia, the GOP, why the election was different? 2/
First, let’s acknowledge lots of people knew, too. I don’t just mean the intelligence community, or the co-conspirators and accomplices to treason and illegal activities, I mean lots of other regular people like me. There are some common qualities and habits we share 3/
I know it's late, and there are immediate needs families are dealing with, but coverage of the #AndoverMAFires#LawrenceFires is already atrocious, so I wanted to share a few general thoughts and observations, some of which may explain what you're about to see unfold. #mapoli
In fact, here's a press release from 9.13.2018 about the work they're doing via Columbia in #Lawrence and #Andover (among other places). Link (and screenshot just in case). columbiagasma.com/en/about-us/ne… "Enhanced safety features, Reliability of service for years to come..." #mapoli
😂 oh I can't wait for this relaunch. Gawker is the worst of the worst, dumpster trash internet journalism, and they already still exist with all their writers and bloggers under other websites. Get them all back in one place again so it's easier to laugh at please. Thanks
"...now, as the DCMS committee report suggests, in the post-Trump, post-Brexit information world, the pillar of journalistic ‘balance’ has cracked." theneweuropean.co.uk//top-stories/g…
"Consider this dilemma. A journalist standing on the White House lawn seeks to be accurate and fair, but what does she do when the most powerful democratically-elected leader in the world lies – repeatedly, obviously and unashamedly?"
"...is it necessary to ‘balance’ a public lie with some Trump loyalist telling us the president employs ‘alternative facts’?"
He says there’s a Chinese proverb - lies in a newspaper are like rat droppings in a soup. They are both disgusting and obvious.
He says today the awards are a cornucopia of shit soup… #BylineFest
@BadPressAwards@BylineFest@johnmitchinson … John says that standards are lower than ever before, and this year international bodies have cited the UKs news industry as an outlier in terms of how little the public trust it.
The first award: most obvious sponsored content. News that is really advertising, but is disguised as a news story...
There's all kinds of regulation over commerce, and most of us conservatives are familiar with and can readily cite examples of where it has failed or even produced exactly the opposite result of what was purported to be intended, or worse. >
> OTOH we take a lot of regulation that almost certainly does increase welfare, arguably at a trivial cost in terms of economic liberty, for granted. You don't want to think of what you'd be eating every day if not for the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, for example. >
> I'm sure there are papers that negate that assertion but go with me on this for purposes of this thread.
One area in which our government has treaded relatively lightly in regulation might seem to be expression and communication, because of the First Amendment.
Seriously @NewMexicoOAG - what's the story here? How did you permit the wholesale destruction of not just crime scene evidence but *the crime scene* itself? What oversight was involved in this process?
How did the destruction of the #TaosCompound protect the citizens of New Mexico, much less victims who had no choice about being there? How about the rights of those charged with unlawful conduct there - shouldn't possibly exculpatory evidence have been preserved?
I think it’s a story, but not the story that’s reported. The Liberals got lucky. Pitching this attack could have easily resulted in a story that read: “Garneau launches errant attack over thing that’s done all of the time and isn’t even NAFTA-related”.
The partisan in me wants to think that’s how this fact-free attack would have been reported had the Tories pitched it (especially with facts now supposedly at a premium). Lord knows I pitched enough attacks that weren’t picked up because the, um, facts didn’t support them.
2/ Invest in MEDIA LITERACY + RESILIENCE/discernment for news consumers - how to spot both individual items of synthetic media (e.g. via visible anomalies such as mouth distortion often present in current deepfakes) as well as develop approaches to assessing image credibility
2/We've had fake images and CGI for years, so what's different now (beyond enabling us to transplant Nicolas Cage's face to other people). The ease of making #deepfakes is captured by the vlogger Tom Scott
3/ = Barriers to entry to manipulate audio and video are falling - costs less, needs less tech expertise, uses open-source code + cloud computing power. Plus, sophistication of manipulation of social media spaces by bad actors makes it easier to weaponize and to micro-target.
Please indulge me for a rare (but brief) thread of personal comments.
I was on a city bus in Copenhagen early this morning. A young man clearly suffering from mental illness was screaming angrily. Not an unusual occurrence on urban transport. Passengers ignored him. 1/
Suddenly the man rushed to the front of the bus and began viciously punching and stabbing the driver. A passenger intervened - he disarmed and subdued the man. (Turns out he used to be a police officer in Syria.) Two women in hijabs came to the bus driver's aid. /2
One was a nurse from Somalia. The other was a nurse from Iraq. (The bus route services a major hospital.) Police arrested the man. The bus driver, despite his injuries, asked police if they could ensure the man got help for his "mental sickness." 3/
.@WSWS_Updates reported in June:
"Ecuador’s foreign minister has indicated moves are underway to force the WikiLeaks editor out of Ecuador’s London embassy, where he was granted political asylum six years ago."
from reports from several accounts i hear that 4 people are wounded and possibly 3 dead in a shooting in suruç (urfa province). alleged perpetrators: #akp candidate mp and his assistents campaigning. victims: owners of small business who didn't want akp in their shop. #turkey
latest: 2 dead (the father and son who owned the shop and refused campaigning #akp candidate mp inside) and 8 wounded. @OzgurrGundem reports the campaigning akp man was ibrahim halil yıldız. pics via same account.
News was a historical cultural invention within certain conditions and with specific functions. Those conditions have now changed, I argued, leading to the demise of news. medium.com/s/story/face-i…
News is dying, but journalism is evolving into something else: non-fiction literature and video documentaries. My latest essay with quotes from James Carey, @jayrosen_nyu and Michael Schudson. medium.com/s/story/face-i…
Day 3 of our #WorldPressFreedomDay series on the working lives of #freelancers worldwide - today we're sharing insights from freelance investigative journalist Mabvuto Banda, who lives and works in Malawi. Follow this thread across the day to hear about his experiences
The climate for journalists in #Malawi has improved over the last 15 years. Nonetheless Mabvuto has been arrested on numerous occasions during his twenty-year career in #journalism. In Malawi, a law still provides for the imprisonment of anyone who 'insults' the head of state.
Mabvuto said of the photo above: “This is me with reporters in the #newsroom. We were working on a story about the growing calls within the ruling party to push the current President to stand down." [1/2]
Theresa May has met Caribbean leaders to talk about the treatment of the #windrushgeneration. Yesterday Downing Street refused such a meeting. But she’s changed her mind.
The Daily Mail thinks that was because it told her to. It may well be right.
The Mail has clout. It can change things for the better when it puts its mind to it. This could be described as good #journalism.
But good journalism (imho) also requires giving the reader the full story, not just the convenient bits.
Today’s paper includes a ragout from its Saturday essay, headlined “What an outrage!” (You may have missed it or not realised what it was about – that could be the heading on almost any Saturday essay).