- “@BBCSport: Wigan become become only the 43rd different club to win the #FACupFinal. http://t.co/KLN7OuDmQC #bbcfootball” in reply to BBCSport 18:27:36, 2013-05-11
- My Top 1 #lastfm Artists: Savage Garden (9) #mm http://t.co/PymF4prZ1z 09:50:58, 2013-05-13
- @Cornelia77 Possibly the funniest tweet I've seen in a long time. If there was a Espresso Martini at the end of that icon you'd be calling! in reply to Cornelia77 08:08:14, 2013-05-14
- One is not enough this morning … when's the next one? http://t.co/oB90FWZ9ew 09:25:45, 2013-05-14
- Hey @SW_Trains, what's happening at Earlsfield station? Hearing stories about people trapped behind barriers. 21:47:09, 2013-05-16
- Just overheard on the platform: "There's rumours he's going into Dr. Who but I know him & he's not that good" http://t.co/stpHvxCNTX 22:02:27, 2013-05-16
- Note to self: stay off Twitter during #bbccqt – it's almost as infuriating as watching the TV & I hate shouting at myself. 22:37:19, 2013-05-16
- I am on The Great Ocean road and the sun's come out. @ Cumberland River Viewpoint http://t.co/mJkBQYmWVe 01:07:03, 2013-05-04
- They say it's the world's most spectacular coastline. (@ The Twelve Apostles w/ 2 others) [pic]: http://t.co/p18Kzp5CFg 04:56:14, 2013-05-04
- Amazing sights on the coast. https://t.co/AZxUG7M4yj 05:57:54, 2013-05-04
- @cookiedude Ah no, I am on a day trip on The Ocean Toad near Melbourne. in reply to cookiedude 07:14:36, 2013-05-04
- @adebradley Viewing a property with others is the worst. And I don't think people really feel comfortable. You'd never see it at it's best. in reply to adebradley 11:09:17, 2013-05-04
- @DanOffTheRadio While it's good it must have been the 2nd most overplayed album of the mid-80s. After Dire Straits. Still, 80s win. in reply to DanOffTheRadio 11:12:56, 2013-05-04
- @cookiedude I know. Here again. You'd think we had an office here or something, wouldn't you? How's you? in reply to cookiedude 11:14:03, 2013-05-04
- Instagramming food is wrong but I want to record that I attempted a steak this big. @ The Ludlow… http://t.co/mj5pv935Kb 11:22:59, 2013-05-04
- Saturday night in a strange town? I'm sitting on my own in a busy restaurant because @foursquare recommended food. http://t.co/cQ5B9CGeMp 11:53:12, 2013-05-04
- And in reply to my own tweet, @foursquare were not wrong about the food. And it's always pleasant to sit by the river. in reply to curns 11:56:11, 2013-05-04
- I've had a great day on The Ocean Road. My fav picture makes the 12 Apostles looks dark & gloomy when the weren't: http://t.co/gFFij7FcAh 12:00:04, 2013-05-04
- @cookiedude Fairly amused I wrote The Ocean Toad in that tweet. I was walking & tweeting at the time. That's my excuse. in reply to curns 12:02:58, 2013-05-04
- Jet lag is a strange thing. Sunday night in Melbourne & @maxrushden appeared on the bar's TV. They're showing @SoccerAM. In the evening. 11:19:55, 2013-05-05
- @cookiedude Although people will complain about platform 'lock in' AirPlay is a so easy I don't understand why it's not got wider adoption. in reply to cookiedude 11:26:55, 2013-05-05
- @cookiedude That may be true. But it's quite hard for find a range of AirPlay devices. Seems like a smart manufacturers would embed it more. in reply to cookiedude 11:39:46, 2013-05-05
- @Cornelia77 So, you're not big on – as the web says – meeting people who are within a close physical proximity? Sounds like stalkers to me. in reply to Cornelia77 22:27:42, 2013-05-05
- @JamesCridland I've been waiting months trying to decide on profound 1st post. It hasn't come to me yet. in reply to JamesCridland 22:31:04, 2013-05-05
- You do recall 01 for London, don't you? According to @Londonist that changed 23 years ago today when it went all 071: http://t.co/kAhIySxwek in reply to Londonist 09:48:38, 2013-05-06
- There's always an air of sadness in the lounges & bars of business hotels. Lone diners and club sandwiches. Heading home tomorrow. 11:44:59, 2013-05-08
- This airport looks quite quiet today. Heading home. @ Melbourne Airport (MEL) http://t.co/g4UZOrA6Eb 02:53:21, 2013-05-09
- Watching Aussie rules football on the hotel big screen while frantically looking-up the rules on web. Google Glasses might be helpful here. 11:46:53, 2013-04-27
- @Melbournism Hello, any suggestions for a quiet Sunday evening dinner? Not too crowded. Anywhere with live music? in reply to Melbournism 12:02:22, 2013-04-27
- @gilgongo Fantastic news and there aren't many opportunities to work on something that big. Sorry we didn't catch-up before I left for Oz. in reply to gilgongo 12:06:25, 2013-04-27
- This is not a sign that you see everyday. http://t.co/YgJY9mHOye 09:15:27, 2013-04-28
- @SeanieSS Ha, hope you enjoyed it. I think it's one of the best places to eat in London at the moment. Did you eat the duck & waffle? in reply to SeanieSS 23:01:39, 2013-04-28
- The penguin sign I shared on Sunday was taken on visit to the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island Nature Park: http://t.co/sxHsitIdAh 07:45:12, 2013-04-29
- @peterharding Just seen this tweet. It's 6 hours old. Have you been stuck at the bottom of the stairs all this time? http://t.co/83Lw1hKo6s in reply to peterharding 13:01:14, 2013-04-29
- I was doing so well but desynchronosis has now kicked in. Chronobiology's such a pain to deal with. 13:09:27, 2013-04-29
- My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: 5ive (17), Will Young (9) & Bobby Goldsboro (1) #mm http://t.co/M40TqvuOw9 14:23:04, 2013-04-29
- Wanted to say that the @Telstra staff at Swanston/Collins in Melbourne were really very helpful this past weekend. Thanks for your help. 21:35:05, 2013-04-29
- It's an automatic pancake machine. I may never leave this room. @ Amora Riverwalk Hotel http://t.co/Rh8g1OP0dZ 21:47:50, 2013-04-29
- My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: A1 (14), Hurts (12) & Matt Fishel (12) #mm http://t.co/M40TqvuOw9 16:44:15, 2013-04-22
- If it's St George's Day then it must be @BBCShropshire's birthday. I imagine a lot has changed in 28 years. Congratulations folk! 09:44:42, 2013-04-23
- Earlier, I was handed a "tell us how we're doing" card by @UKTesco & was going to give good feedback but code is not recognised. Shame. 17:08:20, 2013-04-23
- @UKTesco I was going to note how pleasant & helpful the team at the new Earlsfield Express store have been since it opened. in reply to UKTesco 19:41:14, 2013-04-25
- Playing the "is my bag next off the carousel" game. Destined to lose this more than win but take comfort knowing your odds are no better. 19:39:55, 2013-04-26
- I'm in the country where they invented the flat white. Starting the day with one. @ Mornin' Gorgeous http://t.co/86Y7QTu784 22:41:10, 2013-04-26
- I'm in an unfamiliar city. So glad I let @foursquare recommend a breakfast spot. Very different to hotel breakfasts. http://t.co/BuicIK2Vyj 22:59:52, 2013-04-26
- What makes an old tweet suddenley interesting again? One of my RTs from May 2012 got a bunch of mentions yesterday: http://t.co/HNvnN5507d 06:32:23, 2013-04-13
- Madness that so many phones are left behind in a nightclub. It's interesting that people still use cameras there: http://t.co/Trhy5lG2Zb 09:16:50, 2013-04-15
- My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Matt Fishel (45), Spencer Day (14) & Luke Bryan (11) #mm http://t.co/M40TqvuOw9 13:46:14, 2013-04-15
- Try to get your head around this concept while eating lunch (the eating part is not required): http://t.co/jCBh9irt6s 12:23:18, 2013-04-17
- @cookiedude Because, when you were reading it, you were travelling at precisely 88 miles per hour. Watch out for the temporal displacement! in reply to cookiedude 14:43:42, 2013-04-17
- @aexm How brilliant. I must use it. I want to include an objective letting me build capabilities around my coffee-making core competencies. in reply to aexm 14:52:30, 2013-04-17
- I am sat looking at this album & have a vinyl craving (to listen; not to eat). @ Mel's Café Bar http://t.co/aYPiVjeely 11:27:44, 2013-04-18
- @beardylondoner Try the TuneIn Radio app for iPhone. Some details on how to configure it: http://t.co/06YmFvY1fe #notofficiallysupported in reply to beardylondoner 18:27:11, 2013-04-06
- @beardylondoner No problem. It's been good to have them back on the radio! in reply to beardylondoner 21:42:25, 2013-04-06
- Morning, @TheEarlsfield, ticket barriers back in use at the station this morning. You’d better charge your Oyster! 06:06:58, 2013-04-08
- @Tofflee @TheEarlsfield I wonder if it's a one-off or if they'll be used full time? Revenue Inspectors out in full force earlier. in reply to Tofflee 07:23:23, 2013-04-08
- @andy7oaks Try the TuneIn Radio app for iPhone. Some details on how to configure it: http://t.co/06YmFvY1fe #notofficiallysupported in reply to andy7oaks 17:00:44, 2013-04-08
- My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Olly Murs (41), Hurts (29) & The B-52's (18) #mm http://t.co/M40TqvuOw9 17:36:46, 2013-04-08
- RT @suttonnick: And I know how much you enjoy a #tomorrowspaperstoday montage of the front pages. #Thatcher http://t.co/1RtQfvRmhW in reply to suttonnick 22:31:15, 2013-04-08
- @JamesCridland Will that be just one-side of the keyboard mono or have you found some way to combine left & the right? in reply to JamesCridland 11:41:07, 2013-04-09
- Me & @Absolute80s: I should probably stop talking to the internet – it knows me too well: http://t.co/oX585Z3IPj 13:21:52, 2013-04-09
- Neither the squirrel nor the pigeon in this picture are supposed to be eating the bird food. @ Garratt… http://t.co/6zCtTzZgAq 14:31:12, 2013-04-09
- @TheEarlsfield Bought milk earlier. They were recovering from a power failure but smiling through. Amazed there is a car park too. in reply to TheEarlsfield 11:48:43, 2013-04-10
- Funniest – and best ever – X-Factor idea from @Popjustice, "introducing a judge called MINOGUE". See option 9: http://t.co/tDNSOzCRYy 12:30:41, 2013-04-10
- Yes, I corrected the number in that last tweet. Option 9 is way funnier. And yes, I did just tweet about X-Factor. Normal service to resume. 12:31:35, 2013-04-10
- I appear to be the slow train. It's scheduled to be slow but I'm not sure we can go much slower without stopping. In summary, it's slow. 11:59:33, 2013-04-11
- @cookiedude I'm pleased that the hidden message in my last tweet, namely the surprisingly low speed of this train, wasn't lost. Good work. in reply to cookiedude 12:04:06, 2013-04-11
- @cookiedude Indeed, I may be on the world's first train moving at such a speed. Such a phenomenon has never been seen in human history. in reply to cookiedude 12:08:43, 2013-04-11
- @cookiedude I'm seeing places that have dropped off maps because people usually travel through them at normal speed & don't view them. in reply to cookiedude 12:13:37, 2013-04-11
- Look! Popbitch has a Kickstarter project to launch the next generation of the weekly newsletter. @Kickstarter http://t.co/ZXNcckFvGX 14:22:04, 2013-04-11
- I was about tweet about the BBC News this evening but don't fancy being quoted in tomorrow's paper. So, nothing to day here. Move along. 21:20:25, 2013-04-12
- If you don't Instagram your food, it didn't exist, right? @ El Cantara http://t.co/C4VderYRRF 12:15:30, 2013-03-30
- RT @DavidAllenGreen: "British Summer Time to reduce prisoners’ sentences by 1 hour." All too plausible: http://t.co/ApVBBvMVjd (ht @Coa … 15:49:55, 2013-03-30
- Quick look at my blog. Almost nothing in the last 12 months about ads. Half the posts about radio. The latest: http://t.co/yySXLhyNUw 08:35:07, 2013-04-01
- This morning's gone retro. With not an original artist in sight. http://t.co/vgUcNQXRWd 09:47:13, 2013-04-01
- My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Lady Antebellum (26), Cher (18) & Justin Timberlake (12) #mm http://t.co/M40TqvuOw9 14:44:36, 2013-04-01
- I just caught-up on this week’s Doctor Who. Celia Imrie was – as always – superb. Roll-on next Saturday. 21:38:45, 2013-04-01
- 2 tweets from @digitaladdaily yesterday, talking about state of publisher ad tech that both amused & rang true: http://t.co/ymqTva9nEj 07:45:07, 2013-04-03
- If you've got @Flipboard you'll find both those stories in my Digital Advertising magazine: http://t.co/lMy1Zo0bcL 07:50:04, 2013-04-03
- @BakerLJ Hey, thanks for the mention. Going to be interesting seeing the ad-tech industry address these issues. Anyway, how are you? in reply to BakerLJ 09:02:02, 2013-04-03
- @Cornelia77 Thanks for the RT. My guessing is these issues are no better solved in the mobile space, right? 09:03:10, 2013-04-03
- @BakerLJ If I can be of any help then don't hesitate to ask. There's plenty to be done! in reply to BakerLJ 17:31:50, 2013-04-03
- @steveaburton I wrote some instructions on how to add @jemmone to TuneIn if it doesn't appear in the browse section: http://t.co/06YmFvY1fe in reply to steveaburton 23:53:11, 2013-04-03
- @galifray_morris I wrote some instructions on how to add jemm1 to TuneIn if it doesn't appear in the browse section: http://t.co/06YmFvY1fe in reply to galifray_morris 23:54:31, 2013-04-03
- Looking forward to another @ThisIsNDebz this morning. I figured out how to add their stream to TuneIn: http://t.co/06YmFvY1fe 05:55:03, 2013-04-04
- @ParlieRetweet Hi. I wrote instructions on how to add @jemmone to the TuneIn mobile app or iTunes: http://t.co/06YmFvY1fe in reply to ParlieRetweet 06:42:40, 2013-04-04
- @Scififanattic Hi. I wrote instructions on how to add it to the TuneIn mobile app or iTunes: http://t.co/06YmFvY1fe #notofficiallysupported in reply to Scififanattic 07:38:26, 2013-04-04
- @MarketingStevo Try the TuneIn Radio app for iPhone. Some details on how to configure it: http://t.co/06YmFvY1fe #notofficiallysupported in reply to MarketingStevo 07:40:09, 2013-04-04
- @Upyurkilt Try the TuneIn Radio app for iPhone. Some details on how to configure it: http://t.co/06YmFvY1fe #notofficiallysupported in reply to Upyurkilt 13:24:02, 2013-04-04
- @shanebooker They have said that there's an iPhone app coming but I have managed to get it working through another app … in reply to shanebooker 12:38:09, 2013-04-05
- @shanebooker … Try the TuneIn Radio app for iPhone. Some instructions for it at http://t.co/06YmFvY1fe #notofficiallysupported in reply to shanebooker 12:38:42, 2013-04-05
>> OK, Jon, skip the ramble and give me the instructions
Breakfast radio is an odd thing. Presenters, competitions, cheesy gags and music become part of your daily routine and when something changes your day doesn’t seem to start quite right. I would wager psychologists have plenty to say about humans and their routines but I don’t know one to ask.
There was sadness back in January when Neil and Debbie, aka N-Debz, left the airwaves with just a day’s notice as QSoft, the folks behind the Gaydar dating site, closed their digital radio station – Gaydar Radio – to go, well, dating. There’s been an online following – mainly on Twitter and Facebook – waiting to see where this duo, as well as the other presenters, would return so that mornings would be restored. Today, after a couple of weeks notice they reappeared on an internet-only station, Jemmone.
Putting together a radio station in such a short period of time can’t be easy and, sure, there were a few teething troubles this morning – the stream was a little unreliable and possibly overloaded – but I’m certain they will be gone in a few days. Of course the most important thing was that morning’s just got better.
I imagine internet-only radio is just as complex a beast as broadcast radio to build and run but listening to it, especially in the mornings when you’re used to your alram-radio waking you, is actually pretty complex too (and much more complex than a broadcast equivalent). That’ll be the subject of another post, I’m sure.
Part of the shaky start for JemmOne this morning was due to the fact the audience appeared to only have one way to listen: via player in a browser. But that player – although reputedly HTML5-based – wouldn’t play on iOS devices, amongst others. A web-based player is difficult to set-up as a alarm clock so people figured out the stream details that could be used in iOS apps like TuneIn Radio (which features an alarm) or on internet radios. I’m using it successfully on my Pure Evoke Flow so my radio’s still coming out of that little box by my bed.
For some reason Jemmone didn’t actively publish the details of that feed – I could speculate why but let’s not. During the day the Android app was released and we’re told the iOS app is on the way. I don’t really understand why they haven’t provided instructions on how to listen via other apps until theirs is produced. So, for all those on Twitter asking here’s how to set it up on two common devices.
- Install the TuneIn Radio app if you do not have it
- Don’t bother browsing for Jemmone: at the time of writing it’s not there
- Navigate to the ‘Favourites’ section (hint, it’s the heart at the bottom of the screen)
- Click ‘Add new custom URL’
- Add the stream address http://radio.jemmone.com/ (the http bit seems to be important here)
- You may find, after typing the address, it appears to find the stream and can be selected
- Select ‘Custom Stream’ and, after a few seconds, you’ll be connected
- Once it’s playing, you’ll probably want to save it as a favourite so you can get back to it
- Open iTunes
- Go to ‘File’ in the menu bar and select ‘Open Stream’
- Add the stream address http://radio.jemmone.com/
- To find it again, you’ll need to look under ‘music’; I’ve never been quite sure why streams don’t appear to be saved under ‘radio’
- A nice TV close-up of the Experian logo on the side of an #f1 car. Nice to see them as a sponsor: http://t.co/WSBxfyorIb 13:59:07, 2013-03-24
- Delighted to open iTunes & see @antanddec at No.1. My Twitter list of radio folk is named after one of their songs. http://t.co/dvMflx73FT 12:29:59, 2013-03-25
- Does this week's Podcast app update from Apple mean personalised radio is getting closer? I think it might be: http://t.co/yySXLhyNUw 20:00:21, 2013-03-25
- @cookiedude I download a lot of podcasts from the BBC Archive that will take me years to get around to listening to. 318 is a reduced set. in reply to cookiedude 10:33:52, 2013-03-26
- My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Rachel Portman (13), Justin Timberlake (12) & Hurts (7) #mm http://t.co/M40TqvuOw9 16:48:37, 2013-03-26
- Last night I wrote a piece about personalised radio & how I think it's really just around the corner: http://t.co/yySXLhyNUw 19:21:44, 2013-03-26
- @JamesCridland Of course you can. I'd really love to see some UK stations testing in this area. in reply to JamesCridland 19:35:32, 2013-03-26
- @JamesCridland I think there is some experimentation where the music is already on my device. A station could be created around that. in reply to JamesCridland 19:38:31, 2013-03-26
- @JamesCridland Contributors to your website are some of the finest minds in the country, don't you think Does indeed look good. in reply to JamesCridland 20:57:16, 2013-03-26
- It has to be said, those contributors to @mediauk are an insightful and thoughtful bunch <wink> http://t.co/nf7tK3q90x 23:15:08, 2013-03-26
- It seems that in 1 week from now we will have @ThisisNDebz back on the radio. Hope they publish details of the stream soon. Alarm to be set! 07:05:32, 2013-03-27
- News via @DigitalAdDaily yesterday, The Sun to build a paywall. So, my "paywalls will last 12 months" predictions were nonsense then. 08:00:24, 2013-03-27
- On the other hand, I'd really like to know if better user insight's improved ad targeting & returns behind walls: http://t.co/bRHGcyIK7K 08:05:10, 2013-03-27
- Last night my Twitter timeline was full of the #bigreunion. Thanks to the @itvplayer I now know a little of what they were talking about. 12:28:17, 2013-03-29
- There's a Thomas Easter Egg in Covent Garden! http://t.co/mESzqaTAh1 17:28:38, 2013-03-29
One of the most infuriating things about modern smartphones (and, more specifically, the apps that you download to them) is their constant need for love and attention by way of an endless stream of updates. It’s not really a problem the G20 leaders are keeping themselves awake at night thinking about but those little icons drive me insane (and I am fully aware some phones allow apps to automatically update but I refuse to engage in that whole ‘best smartphone platform’ nonsense).
So, yesterday I went through another round of updates. Rarely do I pay attention to the ‘release notes’ given that the usual excuse for consuming the bandwidth is ‘bug fixes’ but, for some reason, I did when it came to Apple’s Podcast app.
Apple more-or-less created mass market demand for podcasts in 2005 by including them in iTunes but, in recent years, the format has appeared to have lacked much attention from them; on i-devices they were spun out of iTunes into their own app a little while ago.
I suspect it’s that lack of love that spurred me into reading the release notes. And, in those notes, the first item read,
“Create custom stations of your favourite podcasts that update automatically with new episodes” [source]
which is accompanied by a lovely image of the ‘My Stations’ screen in the app showing ‘stations’ named ‘Morning Commute’, ‘Kids Shows’ and ‘News’ amongst others (the image here is of my phone, with three customised stations).
Six-or-so months ago I wrote a piece called “It’s My Radio Station” which suggested that, at some future point, I would become my own programme controller by setting some basic rules in an app that mixed music and speech to create a customised radio station (which is wholly different from a customised music stream). I genuinely didn’t think it fanciful then and I think it’s even less so now. Imagine the next iteration of Apple’s app where I can mix an iTunes playlist (from my machine or their rumoured streaming service) with this functionality.
In my earlier piece I suggested the people best placed to develop this are today’s radio stations because they have experience generating the bits between the music (rather than the Spotify-type music-focussed services of this world). So, it’s sort-of encouraging to read that American broadcast giant Clear Channel is trying something along those very lines (of course, I can only report this second-hand not being able to use the iHeartRadio app in the UK). Fool.com reports,
The beauty of Add-Ins is that it’s not just about the local perspective. Add-Ins can be customized. Someone that isn’t hitting the open road may not care about traffic. Someone staying in may not care about the weather. Not everyone cares about local news headlines. [source]
I believe that any radio station with ‘talent’ that is not getting that content out in alternative ways, including some form of regularly updated podcasts (long and short versions), is missing out on a market. More importantly, they’re missing out on an opportunity to learn about how radio will be consumed in the future.
Personalised radio is coming (just as personalised news is already here). I don’t think Apple’s use of the word ‘stations’ can be dismissed but it remains to be seen if it indicates a direction they’re prepared to take. Nonetheless, it could be either new players in the radio space – or an existing broadcaster – who will get there first.
Three things fascinate me about how this plays out. Firstly, will a broadcaster be prepared to take a risk on this kind of development or will it need to come from outside broadcast groups to truly allow people to mix-and-match the content they want? Secondly, given it’s proven people like to time-shift television, is radio content sufficiently compelling and/or useful to put the time-shift effort in? And, thirdly, can audio producers generate a revenue from such personalisation?
Time will tell. But we’re going to rapidly see innovation on this space. I wonder who’ll get left behind?
- St Paul's cathedral from the lift at One New Change. http://t.co/RjjzLkBQ07 20:48:59, 2013-03-16
- The crowd is building for London's St Patrick's parade: braving the rain. @ Costa Coffee http://t.co/mWpcFIvQOY 12:16:39, 2013-03-17
- There's a dragon at the front of the parade. @ Costa Coffee http://t.co/xjPC1f4CmL 12:36:27, 2013-03-17
- Not quite Bernie Clifton but much fun at St Patrick's Day parade. @ Costa Coffee http://t.co/2qS909Bt8x 13:55:29, 2013-03-17
- My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Zero 7 (9), Air (8) & William Orbit (8) #mm http://t.co/M40TqvuOw9 23:24:08, 2013-03-18
- Ah, @cookiedude @Cornelia77 @afullerview. This was the last time we had a "Proper Job": http://t.co/mVofY6Qhhh. Covent Garden, I believe. 20:56:32, 2013-03-19
- @cookiedude @Cornelia77 @afullerview Also, tweet from that time amusing: http://t.co/Qo8gMXl0P1 (In context: http://t.co/0tsqdCdbSF). in reply to cookiedude 20:58:21, 2013-03-19
- Linked to an tweet from 2009. Apparently we were assuming all tweets began with usernames then & starting mid sentence. Ah, @curns is … 21:03:24, 2013-03-19
- @james_welsh Upon scanning your tweet in my timeline, I assumed your Pebble had been dishwashered. That is #crushingmomentsintech in reply to james_welsh 21:05:07, 2013-03-19
- @iamelliot I'd like to put it down to the folly of youth but think we're all too lazy to try & construct status updates in that format now. in reply to iamelliot 21:07:05, 2013-03-19
- @james_welsh I'm waiting for the version that will take me to meet Zen on the Liberator & looks like this: http://t.co/cYLAYYCJmM in reply to james_welsh 21:12:17, 2013-03-19
- @cookiedude Oh, look at me: tweeting thoughts to the world & then hiding pics of @Cornelia77 & @afullerview behind passwords. in reply to cookiedude 09:48:03, 2013-03-20
- The Flickr app appears to have posted by recycled tiger picture without comment. Maybe for the best but here it is: http://t.co/7EkQuj4SGD 08:01:22, 2013-03-21
- I read that @Veolia_ES_UK are moving the recycled tiger from London's Eurostar terminal. Hope they find a warm cage! http://t.co/VxSOV89shg in reply to Veolia_ES_UK 20:12:43, 2013-03-22
- It's #MadnessLive from the concrete doughnut to mark the last live show from BBC TV Centre. http://t.co/4YvVlBqpAq 20:28:05, 2013-03-22
- Did I miss it or is there some special significance to having Madness play the TVC farewell? Or was it just for the fun of it? 20:32:20, 2013-03-22
- Now @GaryLineker and @Schofe in same suit shocker. Loving their TV memories. #GoodbyeTelevisionCentre http://t.co/TvQWAcXM4Y 22:01:34, 2013-03-22
- I'm not awake but this time next week I might be. The #f1 season kicks off. To fill the void until then, this: http://t.co/ZWqdRxDacw 06:00:00, 2013-03-09
- That podcast I just linked to is actually really long and might literally fill the void. (Disclaimer: only if you play it many times over) 06:05:00, 2013-03-09
- @kevmoss So how did it go? Will we be seeing it anytime or was it one of those pilots that isn't for broadcast? in reply to kevmoss 21:12:29, 2013-03-10
- @kevmoss What a shame. Fingers crossed that those who make the decisions like it too Any more in the pipeline? in reply to kevmoss 21:25:33, 2013-03-10
- It's been trying to #uksnow in SW17 all morning. A 5 minute flurry and it's all over (1/10). Shame, I just reinstalled the uksnow app. 11:23:06, 2013-03-11
- Hello @TheEarlsfield, did you see Hannah's Place restaurant is now a branch of The Olive Garden? http://t.co/OMQQsWWitX 11:24:49, 2013-03-11
- I’m In a hotel bar where the man at the next table is talking about No-Kia when he means Nokia. It’s funny. 00:43:54, 2013-03-12
- I assume that I am not the only person who finds the shipping forecast strangely soothing (especially when suffering from a cold). 00:50:56, 2013-03-15
- It's @pyweaver's birthday. Yummy. (@ Dinner By Heston Blumenthal – @mo_hotels) http://t.co/hWz5CPLy5g 21:11:26, 2013-03-15
- Heston's £26,000 ice-cream trolley. http://t.co/OvQTRf0eJi 23:15:31, 2013-03-15
- Using all my Starbucks offers this morning: cheap latte & free paper. (@ Starbucks w/ 2 others) http://t.co/4tTEF33eSl 10:18:22, 2013-03-04
- @cookiedude @Cornelia77 Can't you find some kind of Windows Live calendar invite thing to invite everybody? Surely, that's appropriate. in reply to cookiedude 16:07:47, 2013-03-04
- @cookiedude @Cornelia77 Well, the learning curve is an important consideration when trying to get people to come for a drink in reply to cookiedude 18:33:28, 2013-03-04
- So instead of making dinner I've written why @johnmyersteam drove me to a dictionary today. Now I'm starving. http://t.co/T8NKDBAQbj 20:15:26, 2013-03-04
- My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: The Farm Inc. (11), Meat Loaf (10) & Shakespear's Sister (8) #mm http://t.co/M40TqvuOw9 00:04:32, 2013-03-05
- @Cornelia77 @cookiedude Fact: I had a meeting there last Friday. http://t.co/ii8aoMJJof in reply to Cornelia77 20:19:33, 2013-03-06
- RT @textfiles: So @twitter announced they're killing off versions of Tweetdeck, on their posterous blog: https://t.co/nn8BS1RZ1k ..which … 21:55:06, 2013-03-06
- @kevmoss So a day ordering people around Good luck with it. in reply to kevmoss 09:26:01, 2013-03-08
- I really don’t want to give up on my place in this queue having almost waited 2 hours for, what I expect up be, a 2 minute appointment. 11:03:59, 2013-03-08
- A tweet about a Google+ comment talking 'bout Facebook's news feed related to my recent blog post. How meta: http://t.co/szvnF8BVMS 17:33:43, 2013-03-08
- @cookiedude @Cornelia77 I sent an invite to him as I can't find him on Facebook but I have not heard back. Are you really starting at 5? in reply to cookiedude 18:17:24, 2013-03-08
- @Cornelia77 @cookiedude No Twitter. No Facebook? It's some kind of retreat from the western world in a Montana mountain cabin, right? in reply to Cornelia77 18:29:04, 2013-03-08
- @cookiedude Of course. I am going to a meeting at 9am next Friday which I was relieved to discover is at 10 (because it's in Belgium). in reply to cookiedude 18:33:45, 2013-03-08
- @cookiedude I assume we'll be Facebooking (is that a word now?) the entire event until we're too "merry" to type into our phones anymore. in reply to cookiedude 18:37:06, 2013-03-08
- @cookiedude Oh, data's a requirement. We'll have to turn it into a hotspot party. I've never been to one of those. I'm a little scared. in reply to cookiedude 18:39:58, 2013-03-08
I opened a dictionary today (by which I mean a paper book). I haven’t done that in a while (no sarcastic comments about spelling, please). I wanted to see what the definition of ‘news’ was and if it was substantially different from that currently published online by Oxford Dictionaries1. It’s not. I think it was pretty similar 20+ years ago when I was a student (and probably the same when the term was first used in late Middle English).
“newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent events” [source]
Nothing more. Nothing less.
Of course it’s got a bunch of modern associations taken from the world around us: we’re all used to it being presented as ‘today’s top stories’. Is it what Alastair Hetherington determined it was when he edited The Guradian or William Rees-Mogg when he did the same at The Times? Is it what Tom Bradby or Laura Kuenssberg think is news at ITV? Or what Nick Sutton thinks is news on Radio 4′s The World At One? Of course. But it’s much, much more. There’s a lot of information that’s newly received or noteworthy about recent events that doesn’t cross James Stephenson’s (editor, BBC TV News at 6 and 10) desk.
By this definition there’s more ‘news’ than can fit into any existing bulletin, so for the most of the last 311 years (since 1702 when The Daily Courant launched as Britain’s first regular daily newspaper)2 we’ve relied on news editors to determine a priority and pass this information to us via the press, radio or television (yes, I am leaving the town crier out of this discussion).
Today, I came across an interesting blog by John Myers where, when talking about visiting media students he says,
“I always start my sessions by asking students to tell me about the big national news stories of the day” [source]
and is surprised by the silence he is met with. I too was surprised, not by the silence, but the fact that most of the commenters on the piece tend to agree with him and think it’s pretty bad students are not interested in ‘the news’.
Of course they are interested in ‘the news’. Just not ‘the news’ if it’s narrowly defined as the list of stories on the radio, on television or in the press.
So, to me, the silence is not surprising at all because most of the time there are no ‘big national news stories of the day’ that are common to us all (of course, I will concede, there might be exceptions). This is because most of the students he’s addressing have grown up in a world where you create your own news agenda. News no longer needs to be the prioritised list of events from an unknown (except by byline) editor at my local newspaper or radio station nor what Radios 1-6 think nor anything broadcast by a rolling-news television station. Today, across the world, we create our own news running order from Twitter or Facebook or a million other online tools. It’s continuous stream of stories that mixes the global with the hyper-local and the personal.
So I wrote a reply about it (copied below). One subsequent commenter claims he was
“left thinking that Jon believes no-one should be aware of the news in their local area or in current affairs” [source]
which is, of course, not what I am saying at all. But I am saying no-one needs to be beholden to a far off editor to prioritise what’s important news to them. It may be a breaking world story, an interesting piece about the industry I work in or news of a new birth in the family. I think asking journalism students to name recent stories might show they can read/watch/listen but means we’re training (and hiring) people for a way of working that’s stuck in a 300-year-old history of doing things that’s not fit for presenting the news in the future.
The news bulletin is now mine and I determine the running order.
For more-or-less twenty years almost all digital news outlets have offered some kind of news personalisation services whereby I can opt to see news that interests me. There’s a whole generation who have grown up with the ability to determine their own news agendas and not a prioritised list of items from an editor in another city. On most days, do ‘the big national news stories of the day’ really still exist? Isn’t it ‘my big stories of the day’ from a wide range of sources? Twitter is just the latest incarnation of news. Certainly there are lots of issues with the bias of self-selection but they’re only a new take on age-old editorial bias concerns.
Far from making us ‘dumber’ aren’t Twitter and Facebook The News for some people? If I’ve opted to prioritise Formula 1 news or tech stories from Silicon Valley over today’s political posturing over the ECHR (which is front page on the newspaper next to me)3 then I’ve made a decision that’s no different from the editor that decided to pop that story in the paper. Isn’t Facebook’s timeline just news from my ‘community’ (which is what the news was for most people prior to rise of the mass national press in the late 1700s)?
I think if a copy of Metro on the campus of University of Central Lancashire was leading with the Boris/Ken story for the race to be London Mayor then you have your answer as to why students go elsewhere for more relevant news.
Perhaps better questions for your students or job candidates might be what are their news agendas for the day? I bet you’ll find articulate people fully aware of news (just different from your definition of news) and thoughts on alternative ways to package that news to make it relevant. If they can’t name Tim Farron (he’s on page 4 of my paper)4 then the internet exists if it becomes necessary. I see a bleak future for newsrooms that persist with the one-size fits all agenda whereby one person’s idea of the top stories should be the same as mine.
1.My dictionary (the paper one) is twenty years old. I was checking to see if the definition had changed in any way.
2. It’s a somewhat arbitrary date to pick as the point where news agendas are set by remote people/editors. But I felt the first regular daily paper wasn’t a bad point in time to use as a marker. I took the date from here.
3. I’m looking at i (or do we call it ipaper?). It was free this morning from Starbucks. This is the front cover.
4. According to the newspaper sat next to me he’s President of the Liberal Democrats. I wouldn’t have known that had I been tested (even after reading the paper). I just picked it as a random name ‘in the news’.
The very next day, as if to help prove that nobody wants a one size fits all news bulletin, I read this (and it made me laugh):
Justin Bieber was 2 hours late for his gig last night. This has made national news. On real news channels.
— Posh Ben (@posh_ben) March 5, 2013