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Trust Me I'm Lying - book cover

Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a media manipulator

27 August 2014 , , ,
You certainly shouldn't take as an instruction manual Ryan Holiday's accounts of how he regularly manipulated, bamboozled and fooled bloggers and the media into running false, exaggerated and self-serving stories.
Power Trip - A Decade of Policy, Plots and Spin by Damian McBride

Power Trip: A Decade of Policy, Plots and Spin by Damian McBride

21 August 2014 , , , ,
The newly updated paperback version of Damian McBride's book adds but a little to the original hardback edition.
Chiswich Herald headline - via https://twitter.com/TheMediaTweets/status/499649515016978432

Vacuum cleaners are more newsworthy than you might think

15 August 2014
Chiswick woman removes vacuum cleaner head with ease.
Lincolnshire ebola tests

It’s clearly a busy news week in Lincolnshire

13 August 2014
Ebola outbreak: Nobody tested in Lincolnshire for deadly virus
Holy Grail. Photo courtesy of Lairich Rig http://www.geograph.org.uk/reuse.php?id=3203827 - some rights reserved

Pub raided by police hunting for an ancient Holy Grail relic, only for them to discover it was just an old salad bowl

10 August 2014
A village pub was raided by police hunting for an ancient Holy Grail relic, only for them to discover it was just an old salad bowl.
Julie Smith

Cllr Julie Smith’s services to journalism

8 August 2014 ,
I think the newly enobled Julie Smith (congratulations!) should become Baroness Smith of Churnalism: the typo in the press release about her appointment (giving the council she serves on as the fictional Newnham, not Cambridge) has nicely exposed who just copies and pastes press releases without checking the information or giving the source as a […]
Ed Vaizey. Photo courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Vaizey#mediaviewer/File:Ed_Vaizey_Official.jpg - some rights reserved

The ministry of data

22 July 2014
Unusually for a reshuffle move, Ed Vaizey’s new job is one for which he has plenty of relevant experience in government.
White House Press Corps after being told of attack on Pearl Harbour. Photo via https://twitter.com/RealTimeWWII/status/409434681256321025/photo/1/large

The long, slow death of the press release

14 July 2014
Despite its death often being breathlessly predicted, the good old press release is still hanging on and filling up email inboxes every day.
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10 top tools for getting the most out of Twitter (2014 version)

Not only can the volume of tweets be overwhelming, so too can the number of different tools offering to make your use of Twitter easier or more effective. Here then are my ten top tools, all of which are available for free, though some also have paid-for versions that are well worth getting.
Red robot

The robots are coming: first sports, now business stories written by machines

4 July 2014
Associated Press plans to use automation technology from a company called Automated Insights to produce stories about earnings reports.