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
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.