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I am an experienced online journalist and political editor working for Trinity Mirror papers in the West Midlands and the North East, based in the Parliamentary Press Gallery at Westminster.

I understand how government, Parliament and political parties work. I am equally at home digging out stories from data, social media or interviews as I am covering major set-piece events or explaining how things work to readers.

I produce content which is shareable and promote my work on social media.

My experience with content management systems and knowledge of HTML allows me to include charts, embedded content from third parties and formatting in my work, to create content which encourages interaction and keeps readers on the page.

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Paul Bradshaw at Online Journalism Blog started a conversation using Seesmic about the future of journalism, and newspapers in particular. He was asking whether there will be jobs for the current crop of journalism undergraduates in two or three year's time.

Seesmic is a video sharing service which lets you upload videos in reply to other videos. This makes it suitable for having conversations (kind of), as you can reply to what other people say. It's like a mixture between a message board and YouTube.

The only problem is you can only reply to people by talking directly into a camera - not by recording it first and then uploading it. As I only have a video camera which doesn't let you film directly into the computer (it's a Flip), that's not much use to me.

So I am going to post my very long reply here.

One thing I want to clarify is that I make some offhand remark about ordinary journalists having no say in what goes on in terms of the business of newspapers. It may sound disparaging so please remember that I am an ordinary journalist myself and allowed to be a little cynical about my trade:)

 

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Jonathan Walker Political Editor of the Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury, Coventry Telegraph, Newcastle Journal, Newcastle Chronicle and Sunday Sun.

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