Heritage media: Can they really be that ignorant?

Heritage media: Can they really be that ignorant?

Those in charge of heritage media again revealed today how little they understand the internet and that they are unwilling to adapt. At least, that’s how it would appear on the face of it. News.com.au reported on the speech by APN News & Media chief executive Brendan Hopkins at the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers’ Association conference (PANPA).

Don’t interrupt – creative genius at work!

Don’t interrupt – creative genius at work!

Writers are a solitary breed. We hide in dimly lit rooms, our features cast into dramatic relief by the flickering monitor light as we continually tap tap tap our RSI addled fingers against besymboled (is that a word? It is now!) squares of plastic. This is where we live, undisturbed (if we’re lucky), only rising and engaging with the wider world to make a sandwich or reheat old coffee from the gargantuan pot.

Don’t tell me what to think! Social media vs heritage news

Don’t tell me what to think! Social media vs heritage news

Heritage media in the UK took another punch to the stomach recently as social media refused to allow The Daily Mail to set a racist right wing agenda. A couple of weeks later, John Hartigan decided to strike a blow on behalf of the heritage newspaper industry to the blogging community in his speech to the National Press Club.

B&T announces Top 50 Marketing Blogs 2009

B&T announces Top 50 Marketing Blogs 2009

The latest issue of B&T came out today, proudly announcing the Top 50 Marketing Blogs 09 (for Australia, of course). Six months ago, they ran the first of these lists where I appeared in a staggeringly surprising 6th place. This time, I’ve slipped a bit — down to 15 — partly due to some exceptional competition coming through.

Writing: The power of three

Writing: The power of three

  • An Englishman, Scotsman and Irishman go into a bar
  • Ready, steady, go
  • The three act structure
  • The popularity of trilogies in fiction

The number three recurs again and again throughout writing. Whether it is in the choice of words to create a pleasing sentence or the wider structure beneath a script, the number three seems inescapable as a stylistic and structural choice.