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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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We Can Rebuild It. We Have The Technology.

Most of us know exactly how to set the world to rights if only people would listen to us, and I'm no exception.

Below, I posted my thoughts on newspapers in the 21st century in two Seesmic videos. As I reckon almost nobody has watched them, I present a précis here:

i) I reckon blogs/the internet in general increase people's interest in news, as being able to take part ("readers" can now take part) makes it more fun. So, media companies should see the rise of the blogosphere as an opportunity

ii) The technology used by journalists should incorporate things like bookmarking (sending links to source material which would be displayed on the website as related links) creating maps and (I didn't say this in the video) monitoring comments automatically (so we can reply to them) - and this technology should be provided by employers and integrated directly into the process of writing stories. It's no use writing blog posts saying "journalists should create Delicious accounts", it won't work.

iii) Newspapers have always been about communities - the internet provides new ways for people within communities to communicate, so why not encourage them to do it through us? Why not encourage Birmingham would-be bloggers to set up blogs on the Birmingham Post & Mail website for example, instead of on Wordpress or Why not allow people to share photos of Birmingham on the Birmingham Post & Mail website - or simply get their Flickr gallery streamed onto our site? And 101 other things.

Thanks to Fiona of Subs' Standards for prompting me to write a text summary.

Career Suicide? Urge Me On Here

Video blogging. Should I? I've already been warned off by Clifford, and he's probably right, but the lure of playing with my new toy is too strong.

I've made a sample video - not for general consumption, but just to see what is possible. If I go ahead with this, my plan is to suggest to the Editor that I make a vid once a week or so, stick it on YouTube and simply embed it into my Birmingham Post blog (as I think putting it on YouTube would do more to draw attention to the Post website than simply using the Post's servers). He may not want to, but the first question is whether I even suggest it.

On the other hand, perhaps it is a very, very bad idea. Give your thoughts. I realise one issue is that people are probably too polite to be brutally honest (although I may be proved wrong about that!).

i) Is it a good idea? ii) If so, how should I set about doing it?


If I actually do this, I think I'll film it in the House of Commons press bar.

We're All Gonna Die

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.

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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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