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7 things you need to know about video in 2016 

17 Mar 16

It’s now 12 months since we first started staging video skills workshops.


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bring your facebook alive with facebook live 

16 Mar 16

Some of the best use of social media in the public sector over the past few years has been by police forces across the UK.


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rotherham – a toxic brand 

16 Mar 16

There’s a lot written about brands – positioning, attributes, equity.


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a week in the life of comms2point0: a big event, some new business and a trip to the countryside 

15 Mar 16

I’m often asked what it’s like working full time on comms2point0, and even more often “what do you actually do?” So I kept a diary to share a week in the life of working on the ‘UK’s top communications outfit to exclusively use black and …


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18th March 2016 #BrumSMC at Tilt 

15 Mar 16

By Dave Massey Thanks to everyone who came to Birmingham Social Media Cafe at Cafe Opus at Ikon, with our kind sponsor Clive Reeves Public Relations providing tea and coffee.


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the magic of the internet (that I think some people forget) 

14 Mar 16

We’ve all become so used to using websites, updating pages and sharing content.


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the best of me and you 

13 Mar 16

Effective and harmonious team working.


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This UK podcast is making money – and employs 4 people 

11 Mar 16

Andy Nugent In a guest post first published on his blog , Joe Norman talks to the team behind The Anfield Wrap, a UK podcast which manages to employ four people through a subscription-based business model.


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Game of Thones : Facebook vs Youtube for video 

10 Mar 16

Tuesday night niche parts of the internet went a little bonkers when the season 6 trailer of Game of Thrones was released, a week earlier than any fan anticipated.


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An open letter to Rupa Huq, MP, regarding official Parliamentary videos 

10 Mar 16

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what I have learned from being a head of communications for two years 

9 Mar 16

Leading a team can be tough, lonely and thankless.


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Mapping tip: how to convert and filter KML into a list with Open Refine 

9 Mar 16

Original image by GotCredit/Flickr If you are working with map data that uses the shapes of regions or countries, chances are you’ll need to work with KML .


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the route to a perfect storm 

8 Mar 16

Every so often a story surprises with how it takes off, goes viral or creates a spike in web traffic.


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working nine to five? that’s no way to make a living 

7 Mar 16

With over 4 million workers in the UK now working from home, and a huge spike in the demand for innovative new work space away from the conventional office environments causing a ‘space race’, the pattern and location of the working day has changed…


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31 

7 Mar 16

30 Another interesting year.


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pr for social good 

7 Mar 16

PR? Social good? They don’t go together, do they? Well, they can.


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what are the lessons from communicating during floods? 

7 Mar 16

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, jack frost nipping at your toes…


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surviving and thriving: how managing stress can make you a better, happier communicator 

5 Mar 16

From time to time it really is necessary to take some time out to concentrate on you.


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The Guardian and VR: how psychologists helped create a solitary experience 

4 Mar 16

Is virtual reality the next step for video journalism? Catalina George looks at The Guardian’s forthcoming VR project about solitary confinement: 6×9 .


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handling complaints on social media 

2 Mar 16

Complaints are nothing new – they have come in many forms over the years, thick and fast.


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let’s. get. smarter. 

2 Mar 16

Effective, slick and joined-up working across the public sector.


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Which audio app do I need? 9 tested 

2 Mar 16

In a guest post for OJB ( first published here ), Gurpreet Mann looks at 9 audio recording apps, with tips from the Google+ group Podcasting Technology Resources .


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lessons from leeds – the six traits of an unawards winner 

1 Mar 16

The city of Leeds is a cradle of learning with an established reputation as one of the leading university cities in the UK.


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That data journalism MOOC is now available on a new video training website 

1 Mar 16

In 2014 I was part of a massive open online course organised by the European Journalism Centre (EJC) called ‘ Doing Journalism with Data ‘.


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remember print deadlines? 

29 Feb 16

Remember print deadlines? They were those immovable feasts that dictated the best time to send out a press release.


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Just add JavaScript: use these 3 tools to get instant interactivity 

29 Feb 16

Maria Crosas Batista highlights ways to get started with adding interactivity to your journalism.


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less for murder 

28 Feb 16

There’s much to learn from creative agencies for in-house comms people.


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from enragement to engagement – dealing with a spoof site on your patch 

28 Feb 16

When your organisation is on the receiving end of a bit of satire there’s a temptation to take the whole thing very seriously.


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Microadventure #1: Alone in Kings Heath park at night 

27 Feb 16

My heart was practically tachycardic as I entered the blackness.


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5 of the best: podcasts about data journalism 

26 Feb 16

Image by Carla Pedret© Podcasts are a great way to listen to stories on the move, be entertained, or keep up with developments in a particular field.


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Facebook, Profiles, Pages and Groups. What’s the difference? 

24 Feb 16

We were running an Awareness Session today for the East Birmingham Community Safety Partnership and it came up in conversation again about the different ways you can use Facebook – profiles, pages, open groups, closed groups – and how confusing …


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Human Rights mean nothing to Tories – Brexit will give them free reign 

21 Feb 16

We already know that this Tory government continues to actively work with Saudi Arabia despite their repeated violations of human rights.


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If the Daily Mail ‘steals’ your visualisation, they’re giving you publishing permission on their site 

21 Feb 16

Nathan Yau has written about the Daily Mail using his data visualisation without permission .


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survival skills workshop: supporting you in the year ahead 

20 Feb 16

Cuts, restructures, organisational change.


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How to: make an animated GIF in 5 steps 

20 Feb 16

In a previous guest post Maria Crosas Batista created GIFs to demonstrate interactives in action.


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Journalists need their own archives. Here’s how to start one 

19 Feb 16

Archives image by DRs Kulturarvsprojekt Last week I wrote about the problem with trusting Twitter to keep a public record of all tweets .


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HuffPost editor Stephen Hull triggers furious reaction over being ‘proud’ not to pay writers 

18 Feb 16

The Huffington Post’s UK editor-in-chief Stephen Hull has provoked a curious backlash on Twitter following an appearance on Radio 4’s Media Show where he was asked why he doesn’t pay writers.


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How to: convert audio into Twitter video using Voice Record Pro 7 

18 Feb 16

A conversation on Anchor recently threw up this useful tip from Christian Payne (aka Documentally ) – which I’ve also converted into the video above.


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survival skills workshop: supporting you in the year ahead 

17 Feb 16

Cuts, restructures, organisational change.


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The future of local government: being human. 

16 Feb 16

In the past few days I’ve been fortunate enough to spend time at #notwestminster , the conference on local democracy in Harrogate, at a session with senior social services officers run by Cormac Russell and organised by IEWM WM-ADASS and had a cup …


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communicating elections: key lessons from lgiu coverage 

15 Feb 16

Local elections season is just around the corner so if you work in local government your mind will be turning to them any time now.


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communicating elections: key lessons from lgiu coverage 

15 Feb 16

Local elections season is just around the corner so if you work in local government your mind will be turning to them any time now.


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what lesson does the decline of print journalism have for comms and pr? 

15 Feb 16

The switch from print to digital for the Independent has sent a tremor through the newspaper industry.


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HOT DIGITAL: What lesson does the decline of print journalism have for comms and PR? 

15 Feb 16

You know the good old days of newspapers have gone, don’t you? You know that the press release is at best dying too? If you don’t, here are three more nails for the coffin.


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what lesson does the decline of print journalism have for comms and pr? 

15 Feb 16

The switch from print to digital for the Independent has sent a tremor through the newspaper industry.


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you gotta fight….for the right – to write content 

14 Feb 16

Everyone wants their website to look great, right? But we often see organisations forget about the content.


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VIDEO: FOI tips from Matt Burgess 

13 Feb 16

In a guest post for OJB, Anna Noble interviews FOI expert Matt Burgess.


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video is not the future, it’s the now 

12 Feb 16

A session at LGComms prompted a quick review of where video is for comms and PR people.


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What journalists need to know to fly a drone 

11 Feb 16

Some of the drones that BBC team brought to the session (Photo: Barbara Maseda) Drones – also called unmanned aerial systems (UASs) – can provide spectacular views for TV or online video production which would otherwise be unobtainable.


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twitter may change but who cares? you still need to embrace chaos 

10 Feb 16

Changes to Twitter? Isn’t it a good thing to re-think how may be using it and how you are communicating? by Dan Slee…


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housing magazines – do they have a future? 

10 Feb 16

Budget cuts continue to hit a ll parts of the public secto r.


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11 FOI tips and other highlights from ‘FOIA Without the Lawyer’ 

10 Feb 16

This was first posted on the Help Me Investigate blog a couple years ago .


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MINDFUL AWARE: And how to deal with negative or inappropriate comments and keep sane 

9 Feb 16

Just this week I was reminded that those who run social media accounts for an organisation need extra sets of skills.


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and how to deal with negative or in appropriate comments and keep sane 

9 Feb 16

If you speak for an organisation it can be easy to take criticism personally.


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how to deal with negative or inappropriate comments on social media 

8 Feb 16

Someone online has said something critical.


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what the wedding present has taught me 

8 Feb 16

We can all easily get distracted.


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5 great data visualisation pieces from outside the newsroom 

8 Feb 16

Some of the most interesting examples of journalistic data visualisation come not from newsrooms, but from creative agencies or companies.


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Twitter’s algorithm changes make it key that journalists take control 

6 Feb 16

New Twitter algorithm: 5 facts you need to know https://t.


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snapchat for mass communication: a case study 

4 Feb 16

Snapchat works well with youunger people.


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Linking ethically (and for SEO): canonical and nofollow 

4 Feb 16

If you’re cross-posting material online, being paid to include links in a post, or linking to material which raises ethical challenges around taste and decency , there are two snippets of HTML you should be aware of.