Guardian Witness and Thatcher’s funeral: how did it do?

A screenshot of Guardian Witness
A screenshot of Guardian Witness

Lady Thatcher’s funeral today was the first big test for Guardian Witness, the Guardian’s app for users to contribute their own content to Guardian stories, galleries, live blogs and other content. Joanna Geary introduced the app in a blog post yesterday and discussed it further with Adam Tinworth (a tutor of mine). Below the line of her blog post, a fair few Guardian readers were unhappy yesterday about the idea of unpaid contributors passing photos or text for the Guardian to use.

Very cool for journalists not so for the contributors. Brilliant Idea to lighten the workload and enrich the story, shame the contributors wouldn’t gain anything out of it. Velo Rapid

Is this but a cynical move on behalf the Guardian and yet another step closer towards journalism as a collage of low quality images, opinion, ‘tweets’ and various other weak and questionable sources, that ultimately adds up to very little? LaNausea

I notice there’s no answer yet to the questions about whether contributors will be paid.

Which leads me to conclude that under all the shiny packaging this is just a way of ripping people off. A pretty disgraceful position for the Guardian of all papers to be in. YorkshireCat

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How accurate are the IMF’s UK GDP forecasts?

The International Monetary Fund has just cut its growth forecast for the UK for 2013 to 0.7 per cent from 1.0 per cent and to 1.5 per cent for 2014, down from the 1.8 per cent it predicted in January. Here is its report.

These forecasts mean the IMF expects the entire British economy to expand 0.7 per cent this year, and 1.5 per cent next year. That means, effectively, that Britain will be poorer this year and next year because the IMF believes the average inflation rate of “other advanced economies”, which includes us, will be 1.8 per cent this year.

Something has struck me before about the IMF’s forecasts: for the UK, they always seem to go down. It’s cut them here, again, and again.

I decided to see whether my hunch is right.

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Telegraph Technology round-up: week 2

I perused Google's map of North Korea for one story
I perused Google’s map of North Korea for one story

On Friday I finished my second week at the Telegraph on the Technology desk. Happily I got just as much on the website as I did in week one. I’m very grateful to Matt Warman and Chris Williams for allowing me to come in and for all their help over the last fortnight. Continue reading “Telegraph Technology round-up: week 2”

Telegraph Technology round-up: week 1

Mark Zuckerberg. Kind of a big deal, so I've heard. Image: SOCIALisBETTER
Mark Zuckerberg. Kind of a big deal. Image: SOCIALisBETTER

This week I’ve been lucky enough to spend the first of two weeks at The Telegraph on the technology desk. Matt Warman, the Consumer Technology editor, and Christopher Williams, the Technology Correspondent, have given me lots of things to do, which is exactly what I wanted. Continue reading “Telegraph Technology round-up: week 1”