Category Archives: Public administration & policy

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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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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Trying to focus on digital projects while trying not to get angry about politics

Summary …and trying to stave off the symptoms of mental exhaustion at the same time. On preparing for summer concerts, ‘Change Cambridge’ and me & Ceri preparing to deliver our first term of ‘social media for social action’ evening classes this … Continue reading

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Cambridge Regional College Students question Cambridgeshire councillors

Summary The view from the director’s box as further education students at Cambridge Regional College give local politicians a television media masterclass – and comprehensively myth-bust the stereotype that media is an ‘easy’ subject. The whole show is below: First … Continue reading

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Improving local government in the context of Trojan Horse story

Summary Looking at some bigger picture issues on a news item that has engulfed Westminster – and examining the principles of some local government roots Part 1 – Education Both the Home Secretary and the Education Secretary made statements to … Continue reading

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