A new journalism.

I chaired a seminar at the NUJ’s Biannual Delegate conference in Dublin earlier this year.

It was about new media and the future of journalism.

Presenting was Donnacha De Long NUJ President and Professor Roy Greenslade.

You can listen to the entire event here.


Roy’s CV is too long for a blog post, but anyone interested in the work of the Fourth Estate can’t really afford to miss his Guardian Blog.

During that seminar Roy offered his view of a “horizontalized” model as the future of journalism.

He saw the future for journalists as sitting at the centre of online communities.

He used the term “the hub” to describe the model he envisaged.

In think I am starting to get my head round this.

Moreover he described what happened when the Guardian first comment enabled a piece that had appeared online. Although the first comments were to the author the author was soon side-lined as the people who had read the original piece started interacting with each other.

Roy also stated that it became apparent that the people posting on the bottom of the Guardian online piece knew more about the subject than the journalist who had written the original piece!

For someone like Roy  with a background in print journalism this was a step into the unknown.

I finally realise that I sit somewhere near the centre of a new media community which is seeking to do the job on Rangers’ new owner that much of my trade has shied away from.

That cannot be said, of course, about Mark Daly and his colleagues at the BBC.

Yesterday I asked some questions about matters relating to Mr Whyte’s disqualification as a company director in the UK.


My post was analysed on the Rangers Tax case Blog.

Tip of the hat to poster Sorrynocando who posted that in fact Mr Whyte HAD been disqualified for his actions relating to Vital UK limited.

So I’m happy to set the record straight on that.

The Rangers statement is still misleading as it states that Mr Whyte was disqualified from being a director of Vital UK rather than being disqualified from all companies.

Also he was a director with the struck off accountant in all 3 other Vital companies, and in one with convicted fraudster Sykes as revealed by the BBC documentary.

I merely posed the question and it still remains that the statement made by the Rangers directors is misleading as regards one of the two points I posed.

His ban covered ALL UK companies.

If the statement meant to say that it was when acting as a director of Vital that he got his ban, then that is different but that is not what they said.

The statement implies it was ONLY Vital UK he was disqualified from.

Of course one could argue that the source of the confusion is Mr Whyte’s refusal to discuss the past and his track record.

I would suggest that this lack of transparency, combined with the liquidation of the other 3 Vital companies managed to confuse even the wise heads on RTC initially.

So tip of the hat to the RTC poster Sorrynocando for putting me on the correct trail.

Mr Craig Whyte could not have imagined the level of scrutiny and excavation that is currently be undertaken apropos his business background.

My post yesterday set the RTC folks off with their spades.

This story has legs and I’m happy to be part of the Hub.

This is, as Roy Greenslade stated in Dublin earlier this year, a different type of journalism.