New Media

The Chiara Effect

Victoria Drysdale | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Tech
Victoria Drysdale

In the day of the fiercely prevalent traditional media vs. new media debate, it is silly and short sighted for businesses, particularly small businesses, to not embrace the often criticised world of digital influencers; their prevalence, influence and success is undeniable.

Seven Challenges Facing Filmmakers

Elliott Grove | Posted 23.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Elliott Grove

All I hear is how terrible the challenges facing independent filmmakers. Coming back from the Cannes Film Festival this spring I ran into two veteran British film producers who between them had produced nigh onto 60 features, been nominated for or won several Oscars and who by any standard are considered to be highly successful...

Empathy: Digital, Done, and Dusted

Max Sanderson | Posted 21.05.2017 | UK Tech
Max Sanderson

Empathy is arguably one of the - if not, the - most crucial factors to the success of Homo sapiens as a species. Without it, we would not be able to form the social bonds that allowed us to fast-track evolution through culture and communication.

Horoscopes and the Modern Subject

Julian Vigo | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Julian Vigo

Newspaper astrology dates back to the 17th century with William Lilly deemed the first in this field.  However, R.H. Naylor, a prominent British astr...

Why I'll Probably Never Work in a Newsroom Again

Catherine Ball | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK
Catherine Ball

So here I am. A print journalist who still loves newspapers but will probably never work for one again. It isn't that I wouldn't want to, just that it wouldn't ever be the same. Can we put the online genie back in the bottle? Of course not and we wouldn't want to. But can we find a way to move with the times and save our newspapers for future generations? I really hope so.

Forget 'The Sun', It's Russell Brand Wot Won It!

Paul Blanchard | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Blanchard

In my view, no matter how much The Sun et al hate Russell Brand, his interview will have an affect on the way young people vote. How can it not? It might even persuade people to vote who weren't going to under any circumstances - and Brand came close to giving Ed the thumbs up. So, if Labour do end up in power next time, it'll be Russell Brand and social media wot won it - not The Sun.

What Can Businesses Learn From the Independent Magazine Renaissance?

Mark Hooper | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK
Mark Hooper

Many 'old media' titles have shot themselves in the foot by ceding editorial independence in order to keep advertisers sweet. But by losing their voice and their integrity, they are also losing the readers they rely on to keep their ad rates high.

The Rise of the Politics of Delusion

James Snell | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Use the advent of new systems of communication to broaden your horizons, to learn and experience new things. Exploit the decline of party politics: now is the chance to develop opinions without the limiting nature of partisan groupthink.

Dear Internet, I'm Just Going For A Walk. I May Be Some Time.

Bidisha | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

At the end of 2013 I will be stepping away from blogging until June 2016, by which time I'm sure blogging will be obsolete. It feels excellent to discard a cultural practice which sounds and has begun to feel like a combination of bragging, slogging, slobbing, blabbing, blubbing, gobbing, gagging, dragging and blagging.

London YouTube Series Set for Mainstream Television

Zaneta Denny | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Zaneta Denny

The show, scripted and produced by Samuel Benta, follows the life and times of the McKenzies, a nuclear family living London. Benta plays Samuell McKenzie, the eldest sibling, who wants to be a star.

For Lessons on How to do ePolitics, You've Got to Go Back to the Beginning

Justin Cash | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
Justin Cash

In the autumn of 1998, in the midst of impeachment proceedings against former US President Bill Clinton, a couple from Silicon Valley launched a one-sentence petition online. Their demand of Congress was simple...

Harvard Professor Shows Traditional Media How to Cope With the Future

Colin Morrison | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK
Colin Morrison

A Harvard professor lectures on how whole industries have found it impossible to reinvent themselves in the face of technological revolution. He tells newspaper groups they will have to change almost everything in order to survive. Along comes his church (yes) and asks him to save their own 160-year-old daily paper. In a few short years, the professor becomes a media industry hero.

Social Media for Upcoming DIY Artists: Branding Doesn't Bite

Pippa Moyle | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Pippa Moyle

How can you convince people to listen to your music if you don't have any way to communicate with them? How can you put across the actual music without finding a way of playing it to them? How can you expect people to spend money on you when they have no idea what they're paying for?

Polvaulting - The Future of Satire?

Patrick Cash | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Tech
Patrick Cash

The Polvaulting story is not a straightforward relaying of the facts. It takes the bare premise of the facts as its starting point and then builds a surreal but humorous play on hypothesis around them; of what might happen if a rogue American General gave the order to attack North Korea.

'It's No Game' - The Reaction to Endgame:Syria

Tomas Rawlings | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Tech
Tomas Rawlings

As a games designer I wanted to explore issues in the real world and it is natural for me to turn to the medium of games to do that. Making a game exploring an ongoing war was always going to get a reaction, though this was not our motivation.

How We All Became Alex Jones

Hussein Kesvani | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Hussein Kesvani

Over the past few days, a video showing the host, Alex Jones' tirade against CNN anchor Piers Morgan has become a viral sensation. Within the space of 15 minutes, Jones not only declared Morgan as a "hatchet man of the new world order" but also might threatened war on the Obama administration if any action to forcibly seize guns took place.

13 For 2013: The Top Young Media Hot Shots Who'll Be Doing Much Better Than You This Year

Christopher Beanland | Posted 08.03.2013 | UK Comedy
Christopher Beanland

Despite only being a bundle of cells, Olivier has already developed a fledgling inter-uterine social networking service, called Womb2Womb, which allows the unborn offspring of successful people to communicate with each other before they are even born.

Online and TV Get Hitched

Dean Donaldson | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK Tech
Dean Donaldson

Convergence of communication devices has been a concept discussed for nearly the last 20 years as something that will happen. But today it is a reality and guess what - it isn't a keyboard connected to your connected TV playing online video or your TV playing on a mobile device.

Revealed: The Newspaper of the Future

Christopher Beanland | Posted 26.12.2012 | UK Comedy
Christopher Beanland

What will the newspaper of the future look like in - say - 2086? Media experts share their prophecies.

Advertising - Let's Get Real(Time)

Dean Donaldson | Posted 25.11.2012 | UK Tech
Dean Donaldson

Why is our advertising stuck in the 20th Century? Why are our ads not as dynamic and up to date as the information we are constantly consuming through our unlimited data plans, broadband connections, and digital touchscreens?

When Windscreens Become Computer Screens

Dean Donaldson | Posted 20.10.2012 | UK Tech
Dean Donaldson

What's the most expensive computer you have ever purchased? No, it wasn't that tricked out Macbook Pro from a few years ago that set you back over £2k. It was your car.

We're Drowning, Right?... Accountability Journalism in the Digital Age

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 20.08.2012 | UK Tech
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Many felt the financial crisis of 2008 would bring a final death to mainstream news enterprises in developed media markets. They feared this would leave citizens in the hands of "pajama"-clad bloggers. "The Internet" was a threat to accountability journalism and its outcomes, which so many of us valued as integral to democracy. Except the story didn't play out that way.

Completely Half-Baked: Britain's First Artisan Journalismery Opens

Christopher Beanland | Posted 10.07.2012 | UK Comedy
Christopher Beanland

"We live in a Post-post-Leveson world," he muses, cupping his b*lls. "People expect their journalism to be fresh, healthy, handmade now. We sell ours at journalism markets - truly horrifying f**kfests which take place in Stoke Newington school playgrounds and attract the very worst kind of smug pram-pushing broadsheet reader."

Media Mission Across America, Part 2

Maan Al-Majali | Posted 02.05.2012 | UK
Maan Al-Majali

Week one in the International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) on Media Literacy trip to the US has concluded. What can I say? The whole experience has by far lived up to its high standards promised and beyond.

Media Mission Across America, Part 1

Maan Al-Majali | Posted 22.04.2012 | UK
Maan Al-Majali

In January 2010, while planning and executing a relaunch project for the London and Amman based online Arabic news start-up,, a key objectiv...