The reading list: Week 10

It’s that time again when we let you know what journalists, journals and online articles have been the focus of our hack-ttention in the past seven days.

Please let us know of any other interesting blogs/sites/articles by commenting below, emailing us at or tweeting us (@wannabehacks). Here goes…

This week has been dominated by the launch of i, so it seems entirely appropriate to kick off with a cracking piece from Theresa Mallinson of South African newspaper The Daily Maverick which gives an independent media perspective without the British media bias. In it Mallinson likens i to a ‘a dodgy product being sold on the Shopping Channel’ and suggests Independent owner Alexander Lebedev has missed a trick in pouring money into the dying medium that is print.

Andy Bull once again makes our reading list, this time with the news that his latest book comes with an extensive site bristling with valuable tips and hints. ‘Multimedia journalism: A Practical Guide’ costs £25.05 but comes with unlimited access to

Although it should be taken with a pinch of salt, a blog post from HR Case Studies about new research into the perfect CV has some interesting findings. Playing 5-a-side football is apparently a n0-no whilst drinking wine and the odd round of golf have a strong correlation with getting an interview. Who would have thought it…


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George Brock gives a good precis of the recent trial of Bahrain blogger Ali Abdulemam and its sad implications of a journalist’s right to speak out in countries in the Middle East. Brock hits the nail on the head when he says:

“He’s accused of a “crime” which isn’t a crime in most societies. And we can’t even see the evidence.”

Our final recommendation is a piece by Lyra McKee of NewsRupt, who calls to mind some very relevant comments made by former Director of Digital Content at Guardian News & Media, Emily Bell. The gist, in the wake of news that there will be a Northern Irish version of Hacks and Hackers imminently,  is that hacks need to become hackers to be a part of the future of news.

Anything must-reads we have missed? Kindly pop them in the comments…


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Ben is Communities Editor at The Times

3 Responses to The reading list: Week 10

  1. scijourntraining says:

    Did you click through to the journal link on that CV article?

    • Although I am humbled and delighted to have had my The Perfect CV piece featured in these esteemed pages, I do hope that readers took the trouble to check out the somewhat dubious source for all the statistics in the original article!

      You may be interested to learn that despite a confession that the article was a bag of lies, my blog tracker informs me that more people continue to read the original article – without checking on the source – than read the admission of tomfoolery which followed a day later!

      But whoever let facts get in the way of a good argument!

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