Tagged: Media

News from everywhere

My poor old blog has been somewhat neglected of late, and that’s largely because I’ve been writing so much for other outlets. That’s partly because I’m publicising a new book, more on which in a moment, but also because of a conscious decision to see how going to where readers are rather than trying to attract them here works.

I’m not giving up on the blog, as it’s useful to have some space totally under my own control in which to explore ideas and express thoughts. And it maybe that the shift in emphasis build audiences here and elsewhere. We’ll see. It’s all small beer compared to the issues most media brands are grappling with, but the difference is one of scale rather than substance.

My latest ebook, Sound of the crowd, looks at the culture created by football fans. It’s focus is Spurs, my club, and the efforts of the 1882 movement to boost the atmosphere at games, but it looks at the wider efforts by football fans to reclaim a culture that we see being sold back to us. I’ve included a section on the history of supporter self-organisation, because many of the younger fans I spoke to didn’t know about it –  I’ve always said we should learn from our history – and tried to raise the question of how desirable it is for the game to attempt to control and permit fan culture it the way that it is trying to do. There’s a more in-depth article about it on The Fighting Cock website.

Some of the ideas in the book spin out of a strand the New Statesman has kindly allowed my to develop online, looking at the football business, fan culture and the game’s handling of dissent. You can find all I’ve written by Googling ‘Martin Cloake New Statesman‘. I’m also contributing regularly to Spurs fansite TottenhamBlog and, irregularly, to Spurstalk. The newly-established official IndiaSpurs website has asked me to contribute some features on the history and culture of the club, and they will be appearing over the coming weeks. It seems like a pretty vibrant community building up there.

I’m hoping to get back to writing more regularly for this blog, and especially to looking at media matters which have become somewhat neglected here. And there’s also a project that’s particularly close to my heart bubbling under. Watch this space.

Media after Leveson

I’ve not posted much about journalism recently, leaving this blog to become pretty dominated by Spurs-related stuff. But discussions about two important issues to do with my trade are coming to a head so, with apologies to those new followers who simply wanted a regular dose of Spurs blogging, I’m going to be writing about them. Readers who did read my stuff on journalism may be pleased for a break in the football. One issue is that of payment for content – whether it’s desirable or even possible to sustain. The other, made more immediate because of Monday’s vote in Parliament, is media regulation. Continue reading

Print’s not dead

I’ve been subscribing to The Times iPhone app. I’m not a massive fan of reading  on my phone screen. Especially as I spend my working day looking at a screen. But I read The Times for years in print and I still like reading the sport, and the opinion – even though I disagree with most of it – and I just think there’s more in it and less to annoy me than in The Guardian, which I read for years before it became too smug to bear. But this isn’t a newspaper review. It’s a tale of digital failure. Continue reading

Murdochgate: Public, politicians and celebrities

There can be few, if any, workers in the media industry who have not thought almost constantly about the News Corporation scandal and what it means for journalism and for our lives in general. I’ve been attempting to organise some of these thoughts in a series of blog posts. Continue reading

Sensation! The impact of Murdochgate

I’ve never seen a story quite so big, far-reaching and fast-moving as the News Corp story. I haven’t blogged much recently because there has been so much happening so fast and I’ve been covering some of it. In fact, I speculated that Rupert Murdoch might close the News of the World before it happened. What follows are some collected thoughts about the story, its impact on journalism and on me as a journalist, and on the bigger picture – pulled together as I’ve staked out some time to take stock. Rather than one enormous blog, this is going to be a series of posts. Hopefully my thoughts will stimulate discussion, so please pitch in with your comments. Continue reading

Why it’s time for Journalism First

The week’s started with plenty of fuel for the ‘what next for journalism’ debate. And it seems we’re still arguing the toss over form rather than content. My previous post contained some initial thoughts on The Guardian announcing its ‘Digital First’ strategy, and now Jeff Jarvis has added a few thoughts. Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger also fleshed out the idea. And there was a very good post on Wannabee Hacks this morning which takes things off at a tangent, in the process sparking some interesting discussion. Continue reading

Media, politics and protest

It’s almost a week after the 26 March events and there’s still quite a media storm raging, although that storm has gone further down the agenda. I blogged in the immediate aftermath of spending the day on the streets live covering the march and the activity around Oxford Street and Piccadilly. Having had time to think, and having followed much of the fallout closely, here are some more thoughts – mostly about the media and how it covers politics and protest. Continue reading