The Blagger's Blog 18th November 2011
A weekly roundup of talking points, sans effort
Worth the paper it’s printed on?
Last week’s light news success stories included…
…I’m A Celebrity returning to screens, and appearing in 90 articles, whereas Theresa May, Home Secretary, banned Muslims Against Crusades, a group that had planned to stage an anti-Armistice Day protest, and only featured in 35…
…Frankie Cocozza getting axed from X Factor, an event that cropped up in no less than 70 stories, while the student protests in London against tuition fees only made it into 31…
…and finally, Modern Warfare 3 breaking video game sales records, with 66 headlines reporting on the feat, but when Hinchingbrooke NHS Hospital became the first in the country to be run by a private provider only 32 pieces ran.
This latest campaign from Amnesty International via Swedish agency Garbergs is so wonderfully simple it had to be this week’s pick, that’s despite a possible criticism being that users already have to be aware of, and sympathetic to the charity. But still, once downloaded iPad and iPhone owners have to unlock a jail cell in order to access their device and apps, making for a sure fire way to keep the campaign at the front of their mind.
According to the NUJ the Welsh media is now in crisis thanks to job losses numbering some 2,000 in a decade. At least that’s what they told the Welsh Assembly, as Press Gazette then reported. Add that to the fact the country’s only national newspaper could be turning into a weekly and things really don’t look too promising at all.
Battle of the tweets: Manchester vs London vs Brighton
Top Manchester #tags (seven days to 17/11/2011)
We already know it’s been all over the papers, and it looks like tweets in Manchester couldn’t get enough of I’m A Celebrity either. Apart from that it’s reassuring to see Remembrance Day making an appearance, meanwhile sport also features heavily, what with F1 and Man United both on the list.
One to watch: profbriancox (Brian Cox– About to start filming Wonders of Life for BBC and Discovery Channel; 448,647 followers / 5,616 updates)
Top London #tags (seven days to 17/11/2011)
Things in the capital are much the same as here in Manchester. So that’s Armistice Day, Formula 1, and, of course, I’m A Celebrity. Elsewhere though things do differ slightly, meaning people have somehow found a way to rate beauty (or perhaps just a velvet turn of phrase) through tweets, and others are listing their ideal or funniest wedding songs.
One to watch: codesuk (piggy-code.co.uk– UK discounts, retail offers and voucher codes; 26,879 followers / 133,479 updates)
Top Brighton #tags (seven days to 17/11/2011)
Those in what could well be Britain’s coolest seaside town have got more than Big Brother and I’m A Celeb to discuss. Of course those are on the agenda too, but Strictly Come Dancing also features, though other pressing matters abound, such as replacing the word love in song and film titles with neighbouring Hove.
One to watch: podcastdoors (Chris– Tech blogger at Podcastdoors and Technorati; 21,207 followers / 7,695 updates)
That was The Blagger’s Blog, a selection of statements, statistics and noteworthy newsies from across the media and social world, amalgamated, allowing the time-starved professional to start a conversation from thin air.
If there is a success story, blunder, or tweeting town you’d like to see included email [email protected] or tweet using #blaggersblog. Happy Friday!