Despite several people asking me over the past few days if I’m Canadian, I am in fact British. Married. Father to two cats with our first hooman baby due soon.
Now before we go any further, the question everyone wants to know is if I am related to the Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe.
Sadly, I’m not. But that doesn’t stop people from frequently calling me Daniel, even when my real name is in my email address, or my Twitter handle, as manifest in this recent tweet from Alexandra Halaby, Senior Contributing Editor at the International Middle East Media Center.
Now, onto the more serious stuff…
In terms of my working life, I believe that I have a pretty unique CV having worked across all media and communications platforms and all sectors.
Starting in commercial radio, I then moved to BBC Radio, TV and Online before focusing on media training and multi-media campaigns, later bringing this practioner-led experience to the media policy and research environments, in both the UK and the Middle East, all the while still continuing to be a jobbing journalist.
From the creative side of my working life, here’s a few examples to share with you.
Ranging from launching the UK’s first volunteer run FM radio station, where I led 300 fellow volunteers in producing an ambitious schedule dedicated to breaking new music and high quality speech content.
Through to launching the BBC’s first permanent TV app, as well as later working with the BBC to deliver a multi-award winning partnership between the UK NGO CSV and the BBC. Over a three year period this generated 33,285 broadcasts and worked with 3,672 partners to engage 165,190 citizens in community based civic, health and lifelong learning activity (2005-08).
We did this delivering a range of local, regional and national campaigns across 37 locations, with my team including over 40 staff and 180 volunteers.
Campaigns included Make a difference day – an annual day of volunteering, which over 100,000 people in the UK would take part in, through to Dare2Care – which looked at issues of child poverty and then provided opportunities for people to get involved in grassroots activity which tackled many of these issues.
Finally, perhaps the most notable of these campaigns People’s War, a WW2 reminiscence project which saw us train 1,700 volunteer story gatherers, who in turn captured 17,000 stories for the archives in the British Library during the summer of 2005.
Clubhouses – hard to reach groups (long term unemployed, career changers, ppl with media degrees, but no skills). Mention Con Air.
When it comes to my research work, the focus has typically been on many topics at the heart of the subjects explored at the Turnbull Centre, including: innovation and new business models, the impact and evolution of social and digital media (for both publishers and audiences), local journalism and community media.
The impact of this work is that on LinkedIn’s SlideShare platform alone my work has enjoyed over 350,000 SlideShare views – and was in the Top 1% of most viewed content in 2013 (last year for which stats are available).
Buzzfeed stat via Nic Newman Quartz quote: http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2014/06/wvu-j-school-brainstorms-an-experimental-news-venture/ BBC Instagram: http://www.websitemagazine.com/images/blog/instafax.jpg
The major difference between the Microsoft HoloLens headset and nearly every other wearable VR competitor is what the user sees. Rather than transporting the user to a totally different 3D world, the HoloLens’ transparent lenses overlay 3D holographic images onto the user’s environment, essentially projecting a fully-functional computer in thin air.The standalone headset allows users to fully interact with see-through HD holograms, and includes spatial sound and environment sensors that fully integrate the experience.“Microsoft HoloLens goes beyond augmented reality and virtual reality by enabling you to interact with three-dimensional holograms blended with your real world,” explains Microsoft’s website. “There isn’t a screen to touch or a mouse to click. Use gestures to create, shape, and size holograms. Use your eyes to navigate and explore. Use your voice to communicate with your apps. Microsoft HoloLens understands your movements, vision, and voice, enabling you to interact with content and information in the most natural way possible.”
"I had to speak to someone," Mir said. "I was alone in my flat. I put the video on Facebook. That was my error." Mir said he left the video on Facebook for as little as 15 minutes before thinking the better of it and taking it down. It was too late. The footage had already been shared across the site and someone uploaded it to YouTube. Less than an hour after Mir removed the video from his page, he was startled to find it playing across his television screen.
1995 – 1999: The Local Radio Company
1999 – 2003: BBC
2003 – 2008: CSV Media
2008 – 2012: Ofcom (UK Office of Communications)
2012 - 2014: ictQATAR (Ministry of Information and Communication Technology)
2015+ Freelance + University of Oregon
But we do see some underlying trends.
at different speeds.
Mobile increasingly the main media device.
Growing power of social, search and messaging apps.
Digital-born companies continue to grow and expand.
Video becoming increasingly important for both
consumers and media businesses.
Obligatory use of this quote…
The future is here.
It’s just not evenly distributed.
Tom Goodwin, TechCrunch
“Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles.
Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content.
Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory.
And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate.
Something interesting is happening.”
A Brave New (Digital) World
Journalism balance sheet - a mixed picture
1. Traditional media brands still highly trusted
2. TV still the most important news source
3. Print media employs most / generates most stories
1. Old financial models often no longer enough
2. Cultural change, especially in legacy organisations
3. Understanding / adapting to rapidly evolving audience habits
“…These days, being a journalist shares
at least one quality with being a shark.
If you‘re not moving
forward, it's over.”
Margaret Sullivan, public editor of The New York Times
Growth in smartphone news consumption
8b. Which, if any, of the following devices have you used to access news in the last week?
Base: All (total sample in each country)
Mobile First services
"The challenge is not to get
the story published, but to
get the story into people’s
feeds — into their Twitter
timelines, into their inbox
and into their chat."
- Zach Seward, Quartz
• 50% referrals via mobile
• 75% via social BBC News Video on Instagram
Video = 80% of IP Traffic by 2019
+ More than Two-Thirds of Global IP Traffic to Originate
From Mobile Connections Including Wi-Fi by 2019
“vertical video ads have
up to [nine times] more
completed views than
horizontal video ads.”
Multimedia… here comes VR
Oculus Rift, the VR
headset acquired by
Facebook for $2bn last
year, hopes to be in stores
by the end of 2016.
A low-tech version,
Cardboard is already
available, transforming a
phone into a basic VR
Chris Milk, Spike Jonze, and VICE News
bring the First-Ever Virtual Reality Newscast
to Sundance on Milk’s VRSE virtual reality app
The film — "VICE News VR: Millions March" — takes viewers
into the December 13 rally where 60,000 protesters in
New York demanded greater police accountability:
Varying levels of disruption
Japan, Australia biggest impact.
Finland, Denmark and UK the least.
Q5b. Which, if any, of the following have you used to access news in the last week ? Via online platforms (web, mobile, tablet, e-reader).
Base: All markets 2015.
9 July 2015 Axel Springer
Blurred lines: old vs new players
behaving like start-ups.
Digital-born moving into
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos meanwhile
spends $250m buying the Washington Post…
Potential to blend the two (?)
Paying for online news content
Q7a. Have you paid for ONLINE news content, or accessed a paid for ONLINE news service in the last year ? (This could be digital subscription,
combined digital/print subscription or one off payment for an article or app). Base: All markets 2015 – UK: 2149; Germany: 1969; Spain: 2026; Italy: 2006;
France: 1991; Denmark: 2019; Finland: 1509; USA: 2295; Urban Brazil: 2033; Japan: 2017: Ireland: 1501; Australia: 2042.
Smartphones are changing news consumption.
How do you get – and keep – audience attention?
Can innovation from legacy media operators be fast
and good enough to compete with the disrupters?
How do I best work with disrupters given the indirect
way (search, social) audiences find content?
And finally… Can I make it pay?
Questions for Industry