She got lucky with the 'bloody BlackBerry' incident which happened a few days after she started the blog: "This was my Rosetta Stone, if you like, and from it I was able to get a feeling for Campbell’s prose style. He strips the language down to its bare bones, then chucks in a few swear words."
• The IAB (the people that always tell us about the online advertising boom, boom and boom...) have a new chief exec and he's rebranding the organisation the 'Internet Advertising Bureau'. After 100 days in the job, Guy Phillipson has published a five-point plan for the future of IAB which aims to push the industry over the £1 billion mark. More on the IAB site.
• And CNET News reports that Google is experimenting with ads in blog feeds. Understandably, web publishers are keen to explore ways to increase revenue - and it's inevitable that our lovely pure, simple headline-only news feeds will start to be bogged down with ads. Ho hum.
• NetMedia's Milverton Wallace has written a chunky piece about digital literacy for the new Hungarian site Freeside Europe. If you want to know how to communicate with all those iPod-addicted youngsters, it will probably help.
• The Guardian reports that Qatar is considering selling off the Al-Jazeera network. That might be of particular interest to any UK journalists being headhunted by Al-Jazeera, as a privatised station is likely to be far more conservative in its coverage.
• Finally, I had a press release in this week from the Newspaper Society and when I scanned the headline I read it as: "Cheeky loo paper makes the most of the newspaper medium." Just when I thought they'd finally done something useful with all those unread local newspapers, I realised it was actually: "Cheeky loo paper ad makes the most of the newspaper medium."
What a difference an 'ad' makes...
More news from dotJournalism:
Crusading journalist wins role against Al-Jazeera
Alastair Campbell tells BBC to 'fuck off'
Comments? Email me.
Free daily newsletter
- 'Lords review of media is in danger of achieving nothing'
- 'None of the papers have grasped the fundamental difference between the internet and print'
- 'Journalists are too often reduced to a cross between call-centre workers and data processors'
- 'UK offline media is one of the most competitive and creative in the world. You have to ask why that hasn't followed online'
- '40,000 citizen journalists working to report one story for your paper? It's possible, we did it'