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22 September 2008

Beware geeks bearing gifts

Wikipedia - that wonderful journalistic timesaver. Suppose you've a dry football fixtures piece to knock out, and you need a spot of trivia to show your readers that you know a little more about Manchester City's UEFA Cup opponents, Cypriot club Omonia Nicosia, than they do.

Wikipedia fits the bill perfectly. I mean, where else can you find out in less than 30 seconds that their hardcore fans are known as "The Zany Ones", and that they wear hats made from shoes to illustrate that point?

Well nowhere really, because they aren't, and they don't. Or rather now they don't outside of the pages of the Daily Mirror. Ouch. And lesson number two is to have a working corrections email addy.

There but for the grace of Sub...

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16 September 2008

Back to school with the NUJ - new media social event

Come and meet members of the NUJ working in New Media, talk about work issues, bring your colleagues (members of the union or not) and have a few drinks and some nibbles.

We'll also have someone from the NUJ's training department along to talk about the courses, both professional and trade union, the union will be running.

Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Time: 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Location: Union Tavern, 52 Lloyd Baker Street, London

If you're on Facebook, RSVP at: http://www.new.facebook.com/event.php?eid=73416705787

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