James Blake

James Blake is a British electronic composer from London, England.  He attended Goldsmiths University of London, which focuses on teaching and researching creative, cognitive, and cultural disciplines.  From a young age Blake was making music in his bedroom until 2009 when he released his first 12″ vinyl titled, “Air and lack thereof.”  This album was first recognized on a large scale by BBC radio DJ Gilles Peterson, and in 2010 his cover of Fiests, Limit to your love, was recognized by Zane Lowe as his hottest record in the world.  In February of 2011, James Blake released his self titled debut album.

Here is an interview of James Blake discussing how he got started in the music industry, and what his future entails.

James Blake – A Case of You (Joni Mitchell cover)


Politics 2.0

In class we discussed the concept of politics 2.0.  We first approached the concept by learning about the differences between how spanish and american political campaigns.  On Spanish television, politicians are allowed a specific amount of time, that is regulated by law.  On US television, politicians are able to buy as many minutes as they need.  In terms of the internet, Spanish politicians are just starting to use it and see the benefits of it, but in the US, politicians are not just using the internet to collect money, but also as a space for advertising.  Another major difference between spanish and american politics, is professionalism.  Spanish campaigns are basically done completely by members of each political party, where in American campaigns, 80% of the people working on a campaign are professionals from enterprises specializing in this kind of work.  I think the most major difference, is that Spanish political campaigns use much less money than Americans, who have proved that for a good and successful campaign in the US, it requires a lot of money.

A great campaign to use as a successful example in politics 2.0 is Obama’s.

What we learned from Obama’s campaign:

1. Micro Politics – the future of politics has to be addressed to individuals, maybe groups but not the whole society

2. Politics out of politics – Obama understood too that an important part of the political speech is not developed in political forums, but through many of types of publics forums, mostly on the internet, allowing him to speak to the users and listen to them.  His most successful forum was through facebook.

3. I am addressing to you – Obama transfered the responsibility of his victory to his voters.

4. Paying attention to details – Obama had the best designed webpage, and well thought out speeches using poetry

5. NEVER FORGET POLITICS 1.0 – both are necessary


Catalan News Agency

Last week my Journalism 2.0 class visited Catalan News Agency and met with the editor and chief.  He explained how the news agency worked, and why it is important for there to be a specific news agency to Catalunya.  The Catalan News Agency (CNA)  is part of the Agencia Catalana de Noticies (ACN), and is a public corporation owned by the Catalan government.  It functions as a digital newspaper, reporting on the top news happening each day affecting Catalonia.  Their website offers news, texts, videos, photographs, and sound bites on demand, with many new and important articles published everyday.  The website is divided into 6 main topics, Politics, Business, Society & Science, Life & Style, Culture, and Sports.

Catalan News Agency also has an opinion blog which I found quite interesting.  It is an independent and plural tribune where important voices are able to express their opinion in public forum.  CNA also has a newsletter which is sent out to subscribers every 2 weeks.

Two important features of the Catalan News Agency website are the Most Popular and Latest News tabs.  The current top two news articles are The Mediterranean Rail Corridor will be a reality in 2020 and SEAT Plant in Barcelona to Hire 900 workers to produce the new Audi Q3. Both articles contain both text and images to provide information to the reader.  The two most recent articles published on the website are currently, Barack Obama competes with Catalan town Vilassar de Mar in Twitter´s ´shorty awards´ and FC Barcelona and UNESCO against racial descrimination.

Here is an example from the Catalan News Agency Opinion Blog, where John Amoros, FERRMED secretary general discusses one of their top articles at the moment, The Mediterranean Rail Corridor.

Overall, I found this trip to the Catalan News Agency very interesting.  I really enjoyed seeing the work environment of an online news agency, and talking to the editor about how it started, how it is run, and what his hopes are for the future.


Since WikiLeaks have become a major issue, leaking over 250,000 confidential diplomatic cables, there has been an ongoing discussion about the legality of what was released to the public, and how it was obtained.  Journalists and media observers are divided in their opinions about Wikilinks.  Wikipedia co-founder, Larry Sanger, refered to Wikilinks as an enemy of the american people, but Slate´s Jack Shafer praised Wikilinks for puncturing ¨the perogative of secrecy.¨   This then brings the question, is Wikilinks Journalism? or espionage?  NYU professor Jay Rosen concluded that, ¨the watchdog press died, and what we have is WikiLeaks instead.¨  In a way I agree with Jay Rosen, as people deserve to hear and know what is going on with our government, but then how much information is too much for the general public?  Should the law dictate how and what is reported, and where do you draw the line on either side?

Does WikiLeaks change the journalists role?  Although WikiLeaks was a huge break in the media world, I dont think it specifically changes the role of a journalist, the line between what is and is not reported at the moment is in a grey area.  I do think that the general importance of social media, and the internet as a whole is what is changing the job of a journalist.  This is because of multiple factors, mostly to do with the extreme accessibility of information online.  In a Nieman Journalism Lab Article called Making Sense of WikiLeaks, there was a link to an article on twitter which I found very interesting.

Why Twitter Matters for Media Organisations

1. It´s an amazing form of distribution

2. It´s where things happen first

3. As a search engine, it rivals google

4. It´s a formidable aggregation tool

5. It´s a great reporting tool

6. It´s a fantastic form of marketing

7. It´s a series of common conversations

8. It´s more diverse

9. It changes to tone of writing

10. It´s a level playing field

11. It has different news value

12. It has a long attention span

13. It creates communities

14. It changes notions of authority

15. It is an agent of change


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Media Convergence and Multimedia Storytelling

Media Convergence is the merging of mass communication, such as print, television, radio, internet, etc.  Media convergence is an ongoing process, occurring at various intersections of media technologies, industries, content and audiences; it is not an end state.  There are five media convergence processes:

1. Technological – The digitalization of all media content

2. Economic – The horizontal integration of the entertainment industry

3. Social – Consumer’s multitasking strategies for navigating the new information environment

4. Cultural – The explosion of new forms of creativity at the intersections of various media technologies, industries and consumers

5. Global – the cultural hybridity that results from the international circulation of media content

A multimedia story is a combination of text, pictures, video clips, audio, graphics and interactivity presented on a website in a nonlinear format in which the information in each medium is complementary, not redundant.

Online and multimedia story telling from the 2010 Pulitzer Prize

Ian Fisher: American Soldier

This example of an online multimedia story uses multiple elements, such as photography, video, and writing.

Blogs I Dig

So, because I am writing my own blog, I thought why not share some of my favorite blogs and bloggers, who are all in ways an inspiration for starting one of my own.


fashiontoast is a fashion blog written by a girl named Rumi Neely.  She started her site in 2007, which was combined with an vintage ebay store.  By 2009, Rumi’s site was getting over 35,000 hits a day.  FashionToast recently won two bloglovin awards for best personal style blog and blogger of the year.


Jane Aldridge created her blog in 2007, when she was only 15 years old.  She and her mother own a vast collection of vintage designer clothing and accessories and she owns an extensive shoe collection of over 90 shoes.  She recently had her own line of shoes at the store Urban Outfitters, appropriately called “Sea of Shoes.”

Food Gawker

Food Gawker was founded in June 2008.  A place for you to discover new sites, dishes, recipes and ingredients to inspire your own cooking.  Food Gawker is a gallery where food bloggers can showcase their food and photography skills.  It’s a place where anyone can submit pictures, so you can discover new dishes, recipes and ingredients.

The Man Repeller

Leandra Medine is, “a New York-based fashion blogger relishes for-your-enjoyment-only dressing to such an extent that she launched blog called The Man Repeller. On it, she highlights clothes that women love and members of the opposite sex just don’t understand: harem trousers, jumpsuits, big shoulder pads, jewellery that could double as weaponry, and clogs.”