Category Archives: Cambridge

Vox-popping for ‘Be the change – Cambridge’

Summary Preparing some of the ground for our event on Saturday 13 September at Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge with some thoughts of people in my community – as well as being a one-man-poster campaign. Unlike my election campaign of 2014 … Continue reading

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Community reporting & political parties / ballroom dancing jumps shark

Summary Insights into community reporting on all things democracy, and on a vanquished dancing dream A week of editing footage awaits as filming over a series of days comes home to roost. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – it’s … Continue reading

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GCSE Results Day

Summary Comparing then with now. I stumbled across this blogpost which nails it. Same stuff, different year. Commentators moaning about exam standards not being as tough as they were in the good ol’ days. Back in the mid-1990s I was ambushed … Continue reading

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Final version of my film of the Cambridge Buskers Festival 2014

Summary I’m strangely proud of this – for being proud of work I’ve done is an emotion I rarely feel. Here it is: Visually it’s not perfect – I’m still trying to figure out what happened in the conversion process … Continue reading

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Cambridge Buskers Festival blows the roof off

Summary Musicians took to the streets and pubs of Cambridge – making young children curious, the beer-drinking lads sing, middle-aged women dance, and some old men cry. Some of the best performances were that powerful. I’ve just completed a weekend of … Continue reading

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My first digital video commission – and employers overlooking digital skills young people have

Summary It may only be a ‘micro-commission’, but for me it’s a giant leap on all things digital media. But are employers missing out on the skills that today’s school leavers have developed growing up in this internet age? If … Continue reading

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Roots

Summary Looking deeper into the findings by Relate that one in ten of us do not have a close friend The headline in The Guardian is here. The full report by Relate is here. (Note it’s good practice when blogging in … Continue reading

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Romsey Rollerbillies Rock – and they need our support

Summary A pulsating afternoon of sport on eight wheels with one of Cambridge’s best-kept sporting secrets – a women’s sports club we in Cambridge could be giving far greater support to I’d never been to a roller derby match before – … Continue reading

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What should the relationship be between local community reporters & trained journalists?

Summary Some thoughts following some bedtime reading and a radio interview with Cambridge 105 – in the context of a new law passed on reporting on council meetings The announcement of the new regulations is here – Parliament having approved these. … Continue reading

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‘Mayor of Cambridge gets soaked opening mini-water park’ – Thoughts on community reporting

Summary Want to see a short video of Cllr Gerri Bird getting soaked? Of course you do! But what is the role of a community reporter that the likes of Shape Your Place are encouraging? And how do you manage … Continue reading

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