Category Archives: Party politics

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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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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Not even all the waters in the Pacific Ocean can put out these fires

Summary On the failure of international politics I was going to write a blogpost about the failure of international politics in the face of fires so big not even all of the water in the Pacific Ocean can put them … 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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A public accounts committee for every town hall?

Summary Could Ed Miliband’s new policy for local government energise local democracy? The reports are at the end of this page -> summary and full. It was featured in The Guardian here. The report covers a number of things, but … Continue reading

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A day digital filming in Cambridge

Summary Living and learning with my introduction to digital filming class For Cambridgeshire-based people, Hills Road are running an Introduction to Digital Film Making on Weds evenings from September – see here. It also sits nicely with An introduction to … Continue reading

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Community Action in Action – Cambridge

Summary When local people speak about their own ideas that they have worked on for a long time, the passion comes out in huge quantities. Community reporters can bring these ideas to a wider audience Some of you may have heard … Continue reading

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An unscheduled tour of The Fens

Summary After getting up at 5:45am & only realising I had got the CommsCamp14 conference day a week early when the train left Ely (north of Cambridge), I decided to go on a mini tour…starting with Peterborough @Puffles2010 Heya, well … Continue reading

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Repairing our democracy with a little digital help

Summary Some thoughts from a gathering of the revived Democracy Club of 2010 -> with 2015 in mind They are tweeting at @Democlub, are on Facebook here and have a website here. I’ve blogged a lot about democracy (see here for … Continue reading

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