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TL;DR Issue 4: Plagarism, Twitter goes blue, and a journalist gets punched in the face

A busy week in social media, journalism and the creator economy. Here it is, all nicely -pre-digested for you.

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

It's a busy week, so let's stay true to the mission, cut the waffle, and get down to the links…





Content Strategy

Audience Engagement

Podcasting and Audio


  • 👎🏻 YouTube is hiding dislike counts by default. Some people in social media circles are upset by this, but I think it’s the right call. They’ve been over-weaponised for political and culture war purposes. Defensive design is necessary on social platforms.


Diversity and Recruitment

  • 👨🏾‍🤝‍👨🏼 Interesting interview with Eleanor Mills about unbalanced news teams.
  • 🧑🏻‍🔬 And the Reuters Institute have a new report out. (They sent me a preview copy — with about 15 hours until the embargo and a full day of lecturing ahead of me. Expect something tomorrow or over the weekend on it.)

Life in Journalism

Listen 👂🏼

Good podcast from Jacob at — I love the way he’s editing extracts from news:rewired sessions into these podcasts. This is a useful one on managing distributed teams.

Improving communication in a virtual newsroom - Newsrewired special
Working from home has left many journalists feeling burnt out, isolated, and unable to contribute to meetings on Zoom. Learn how to change online conversations so everyone feels heard and valued



And Finally…

This is an important story to me personally. The hotel that burned down was the place I was staying with my now-wife the weekend I proposed to her. But it’s also good to see organisations reflecting on coverage after the event.

DevonLive mark five years on from devastating day Exeter’s Royal Clarence hotel burned down
The memory of Exeter’s illustrious Royal Clarence and the day it burned to the ground is forever etched in the minds of the city

Phew. All done. Hope your week is going well.

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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.