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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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Blog Aggregator for Birmingham

As I have stated many times on this blog, I am in favour of aggregators which make it easier for people to find content from across the web, although I think there are some limits on what they should do.

I have begun work on an aggregator for Birmingham blogs, to replace the rather poor "blogroll" on this site.

If anyone has any thoughts on whether this is a good idea or not, I would be very grateful for their input.

Work on it has only just begun, and it will be a long time before it is anything close to comprehensive (I'm sure it will never be complete).

Take a look at http://birmingham.localbounce.com and leave a comment, either at the "about" page on that site, or right here.

Tweetminster

I was looking at David Higgerson's blog and saw he had a nifty gadget on it from Tweetminster, the website that keeps tabs on politicians who use the Twitter messaging service.

It provides a stream of "tweets" (Twitter messages) from MPs, candidates, major parties, Parliament and the Government.

This seemed cool, so I stole the idea and added the feed to this page, on the right and down the bottom.

Frantic day, and it gets busier tomorrow

Frantic day today, as I chased reaction to LDV directors filing for administration, reported on Gordon Brown announcing a case of swine flu in Birmingham (although it turned out to be in Redditch) and covered the Gurkha vote.

I also wrote my column, with a slightly sarcastic look at the hysteria surrounding the aporkalypse.

Tomorrow will be busier, as MPs vote on expenses reforms. . .

Talk About Missing A Great Story

San Francisco in peril.

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But is that Death Star fully operational?

Forced Into the Twitstream

I signed up to Twitter last night for one main reason - to make it easier for me to spy on what these people are doing. Naturally, once I had made an account I decided to use it to spy on a few other people as well.

Went to bed and thought nothing of it. Came back from lunch this afternoon to find Private Watson had sent me a note telling me off for following his feed without actually posting anything myself. Told off by a politician? As it should be.

Hence, I have started actually posting on Twitter. Blame Labour.

In other news, Watson has a new layout for his blog and a nifty little cartoon image of himself. I may steal that idea.

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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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