The top 12 currybetdotnet posts of the year so far

 by Martin Belam, 20 August 2010

Whilst this gets automatically published in my absence by the faithful currybetdotnet server, I'll be off-grid in a field in Wales at the Green Man Festival. If you are stuck for your regular fix of bloggage though, here is a list of the top 12 media and journalism focused posts I've written this year. Nothing fancy and zeitgeist-y in the maths - it is done purely on page impressions.

HTML5 for journalists
A guide to some of the tags that will be changing the way we mark-up articles in the near future.

Why I care about the racism of the Daily Express
I thought the Express front page '1 in 5 Britons will be ethnics' was a simply disgraceful piece of racial incitement dressed up as journalism. It has to be a worry that the publisher now owns one of our terrestrial television stations.

The two-sides of Wikipedia
Whilst it can be quicker than some official sources to provide details, the deletionist faction on Wikipedia pose a risk to the linked data ecosphere of the web.

Do journalists need to learn to be programmers? Yes. And no.
It might be better to learn a programming mindset to spot where tasks can be automated by computers, than to learn an actual language.

BBC News redesign: Watching the feedback in real-time
Twitter has redefined the way that we observe public reaction to significant new media product launches or redesigns.

10 tips for 'ambush guerilla user testing'
You don't need a lab or a budget of thousands to collect some quick and dirty anecdotal evidence about how people use your website. A follow up post looked at 8 tips for making ambush 'guerilla user testing' clip reel videos

News apps on the iPad - my first impressions
My quick reviews of apps from USA Today, the New York Times and the BBC a couple of days after the 'magical' new Apple device went on sale in the States.

News, sport, weather, TV & radio - sensible BBC global navigation at last
After years of seeming to resist the obvious labels that the audience would put on BBC content, a new global navigation is being launched across

Why the BBC Trust simply had to examine the BBC's iPhone plans
It would have been a failure of the Trust's own regulatory guidelines if it hadn't called the BBC's smartphone app plans in for review. Whether they should have got the go ahead without a full Public Value Test is another question.

Real name comments on news websites - the up and the downside
A recurring argument is that the comment threads on news sites would improve if people were forced to use their real names. However, there are plenty of examples of valuable contributions from the audience that you simply wouldn't get if they couldn't hide behind a pseudo-anonymous username.

With professionals of this quality, who needs 'citizen journalist' enemies?
Just after a very public spat at news:rewired around the poor quality of 'citizen journalism' compared to the professional variety, the Sunday Express published an absolute howler of an article about the BBC's use of Twitter that managed to completely misunderstand the difference between 'following' and 'followers'.

7 ways the UK media scene resembles Doctor Who monsters
Can you spot the Cybermen or the Ood in your newsroom? And who are the Daleks of the UK media scene?


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