Seagravy’s Blog

Just another weblog

Swine Flu awareness

Online coverage of the life threatening “Swine Flu” continued today, headlining most sites. The World Health Organisation has now announced that the swine flu can no longer be contained, “as the virus has spread to Asia and the Middle East, with the first cases confirmed in New Zealand and Israel”. 

Online the crisis has been followed by leading wesites including the Guardian and the Irish Times. The Guardian in particular I noticed are extensively covering the illness and have posted an advertisement from the Department of Health highlighting the ways the flu can be caught, along with a swine flu information line.   Read the rest of this entry »


Twitter to save Iraq

In an attempt to rebuild Iraq’s broken technology industry American officials managing foreign affairs in the country have turned to twitter, the social networking and micro-blogging service. These officials are hoping twitter and other online services including Google and YouTube will initiate power in the falling country, during a five-day visit. Read the rest of this entry »

Bring back quality

During the week I came across an interesting article on The article accentuates a rising problem in the industry, one that has been belied by the progression of the phenomenon that is online journalism over the past few years. Kara Swisher, co-executive editor of technology news site AllThingsD, examines how too much emphasis is being placed on the delivery system, resulting in falling standards of quality in the content of material.

Read the rest of this entry »

Victory to the citizen

Citizen journalism continued its rise to the top this month when yet again it succeeded in providing the breaking news first. April 1st saw the death of 47-year-old G20 rally victim, Ian Tomlinson. Initially it appeared that he had died from a heart attack however, following analysis from a video clip taken by a citizen journalist further investigation proved the victim had actually died from internal bleeding. The video which first appeared on the, on April 7th, included footage of the victim being shoved violently by police and then being pushed to the floor at the demonstration. This is now believed to be the main contributing factor to the man’s death. Read the rest of this entry »

Does blogging defy reporting restrictions?

It’s argued that the art of blogging defies the constraints and limitations of the media world in this internet age. The Malcolm Coles post on blogging and reporting restrictions accentuates this flaw. Earlier this year the name Alfie Patten became public knowledge. Speculation began after the 13-year-old was to become an extremely young father following a leaked DNA test. This revealed a major problem with reporting restrictions.

While the court has been responsible for imposing restrictions on professional journalists and companies, it seems bloggers now hold the power and are exempt from these restrictions. This poses a serious problem for the off-the-record theory. Citizens have access where journalists don’t. But some citizens are reporting from these restricted areas as citizen journalists.


Heroes return …shoulder to shoulder

Triple Crown, Six Nations Championship and Grand Slam all in a day’s work.

After 61 years of Irish heartbreak this golden generation in green raised Irish spirits on the 25th of March, defeating Wales in Cardiff to be crowned champions.

I was amazed at the sheer speed and vastness of the information to be posted online, during and prior to the game. Constant updates were available throughout the game as well as post match interviews with many players including iconic team captain and man of the match, Brian O’ Driscoll, immediately after the game to accommodate those unfortunate souls who were unable to attend or watch the biggest rugby game of the year. Post match blogs conveyed Irish excitement and pride at the victory and revealed more information than any news-paper could offer. Read the rest of this entry »

Future of Journalism

While looking at the other day my attention was drawn to an article regarding the introduction of a new online journalism course in Birmingham City University. What I found interesting was the clear progression of times and accompanying changes in the direction of journalism over the years, from paper to the world wide web. Is this new online approach the future for the news, the new direction this occupation will follow?

The MA is a one year long post-graduate course which focuses primarily on online news production. The course will follow a structure, which reflects the new conversational angle which today’s news follows.

The aim of the course is to help students use the journalistic skills they have developed in their under graduate course to their greatest potential. The course will be based on experimentation and will not rely on the models of any existing course. Bradshaw recognises that “Ultimately the industry is crying out for this and there’s clearly a demand for it.”

The prospect of news being distributed wholly online is becoming nearer to reality by the day!