Industry tips #7 – Developing world aid and the media

1 04 2011

By Dale Sean McEwan

Picture courtesy of frontlineblogger

London’s Frontline Journalism Club held a talk on January 25 this year on the subject of aid and the media.

In the words of the Frontline Club, “the talk exams the often troubled relationship between the media and aid agencies. With an expert panel we will be discussing how the media and aid agencies work together and the problems that arise.

“Extensive humanitarian disasters attract a large amount of media attention whilst smaller and on going disasters often go unreported. Should the media be more receptive to aid agencies that try to bring attention to these causes? Or should aid agencies be more PR driven and utilise new media in order to attract the media spotlight?”

The event was chaired by Mark Galloway, director of the International Broadcasting Trust, an educational and media charity which works on a range of projects to promote media coverage of the developing world.

Also on the panel were:

Andrew Hogg, Christian Aid news/campaigns editor and former news editor of the Sunday Times and Observer and was editor of The Sunday Times Insight investigative unit.

Benjamin Chesterton, radio documentary and photofilm producer, co-founder of the production company duckrabbit and the website A Developing Story.

Fran Unsworth, head of BBC newsgathering.

Michael Green, an independent writer and consultant who was director of communications at DFID from 2003 to 2007 and co-author of Philanthrocapitalism and The Road From Ruin.

Here’s a link to the video:


Industry tips #6 – Freelance video journalist Democratic Republic of Congo

1 04 2011

By Dale Sean McEwan

Video about Claudel’s background.

Video about Claudel’s arrival in London.

Claudel filming interviews of rape victims for Human Rights Watch.

Happy birthday Choir With No Name

1 04 2011

The Choir With No Name celebrated their third birthday at Feet First in Brick lane on Thursday 31st March.

Founded by Marie Benton, the choir is made up of homeless, ex-homeless and “just about anyone really.”

Marie Benton

The event was covered by Michael and Sara, two of the new Daily Gorgon citizen journalists and will appear on that blog tomorrow. Meanwhile I took this quick clip before I had to rush back home and finish my assignments for college.

The Choir With No Name

By Mike Doherty

Free hugs in Brick Lane

1 04 2011

By Mike Doherty

Pounding the streets on the look out for stories and armed with my Flip, I came across the Guerilla Hug team in Brick Lane.

Hugging the world back to health

This dedicated outfit are trying to change the world by hugging it.

Hugging the world

After some journalistic research and three hugs later I decided that this was definitely news and worthy of  sharing with the world.

By Mike Doherty

About us video

31 03 2011

Have a look at our latest video. It’s all about us!

How an online video can lead to “Scummiest CEO of the Year Award”

31 03 2011









By Richard Dodwell


We’re all aware of how the internet can cause controversy. This video here is a good example, featuring the shocking butchering of a “problem elephant” in Zimbabwe that has been criticised by PETA.


Although uploaded as a personal item, it demonstrates how news can be generated from  online video even though they weren’t intended for that purpose.

The video then prompted a petition at which called the video a “gruesome elephant snuff film” and has since gained 2,000 signatures.

Bob Parsons released a rather colourful video blog in response. An example which would understandably render any newbie video blogger a little more skeptical/ashamed of the true purpose of online video. I was one of them. However, I understand that even tasteless online video can actually serve as a form of online video self-regulation it itself. With increased hits and circulation, people form an opinion of what is right and what is wrong. We form the moral codes of the internet for ourselves.

Without a designated regulatory body such as Ofcom, it is the global internet audience who are the true regulators of what we watch on the internet.

4G auction means a step closer to quicker uploads

31 03 2011

Ofcom has announced that the 4G auction, is expected to start in the first few months 2012.

4G capability should enable mobile networks to provide connections that are approximately 25 times faster than the average home broadband connection. The 4G auction is expected to be the largest ever, with Ofcom aiming to sell the equivalent of three quarters of the mobile network spectrum in use today.

For video journalists, the prospect of 4G means quicker uploads, so breaking news stories can be disseminated to the public almost instantly.  In theory, this means that you will be able to break a story faster than the news wire, which is pretty exciting stuff.

The competition lies between the main mobile network operators: Vodafone, O2, Three and Everything Everywhere), Ofcom plans to auction off the 4G network in five parts and limit the amount of bandwidth spectrum (Spectrum refers to the airwaves over which support wireless communication) any one bidder can win.

The UK, still on 3G, is behind the US, Sweden and Germany, who have already started using 4G.

Sarah Stewart