Science journalism and science communication – the difference is more than a word

Francis Sedgemore, Tuesday 15 April 2014 at 9:37 UTC

Swamped as I was with NUJ business prior to the biennial Delegate Meeting in Eastbourne this past weekend, I missed the publication in Nature of an article by former BBC Newsnight science editor Susan Watts. The subject of Watts’ piece is the difference between science journalism and science communication. As a science journalist with experience […]


An equalities mess at the heart of government

Francis Sedgemore, Wednesday 9 April 2014 at 14:59 UTC

There will be many in the Fourth Estate who today rejoice at the removal from UK government of Maria Miller, whom prime minister David Cameron has finally seen fit to resign. However, in place of Miller as women’s minister we have Nicky Morgan, who is subservient to a man – Sajid ‘Fuck the Poor’ Javid […]


NUJ conference imminent – Lord have mercy!

Francis Sedgemore, Monday 7 April 2014 at 13:14 UTC

For my manifold sins I shall from Thursday to Sunday of this week be attending the biennial Delegate Meeting of the National Union of Journalists. The conference this year is being held in Eastbourne, the elephant graveyard of the English south coast. At the conference I will be a delegate for the London Freelance Branch […]


Windy Miller running out of friends

Francis Sedgemore, Sunday 6 April 2014 at 0:02 UTC

What is it with culture secretary Maria Miller, whom I dub “Windy Miller” owing to her propensity for brain farts? She is fast running out of friends. Given Miller’s level of professional competence, it is difficult to understand why prime minister David Cameron and his cabinet are intent on quashing any further public discussion of […]


Journalists down in Afghanistan

Francis Sedgemore, Friday 4 April 2014 at 12:09 UTC

Anja Niedringhaus, shot dead today by a rogue police officer in Khost whilst covering the Afghan presidential election, was a brilliant journalistic photographer. Niedringhaus’ subjects ranged far and wide, but for me most notable was the way in which she made the children of Afghanistan visible to the wider world. Let us hope that injured […]


First we take Ankara, then we take Istanbul

Francis Sedgemore, Friday 4 April 2014 at 10:39 UTC

Cats will inherit the Earth, starting with Turkey. Just spreading the memes… p.s. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a prick.


Cycle ride: Locks, Docks & One Smoking Ferry afterworker

Francis Sedgemore, Friday 28 March 2014 at 9:48 UTC

Where: Locks, Docks & One Smoking Ferry afterworker When: Thursday 3 April 2014 Meet: 18:30 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 9LW (by the foot tunnel entrance) Spring has sprung, so it’s time for some mid-week afterworker rides. My first for 2014 will be a variation on the late Barry Mason’s Locks, Docks and One Smoking […]


Friends group surveys public opinion on use of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels

Francis Sedgemore, Monday 17 March 2014 at 9:35 UTC

More than 3,000 people pass through the Greenwich and Woolwich tunnels each day, and that number appears to be growing quickly. Roughly 50% of the tunnel users are cyclists, with the other half pedestrian only. As tunnel traffic grows, competition and conflict between cyclists, skateboarders, rollerskaters and pedestrian-only users will likely increase. Reducing ill-will between […]


Bob Crow passes into trade union legend

Francis Sedgemore, Tuesday 11 March 2014 at 15:17 UTC

Photo (extract): © 2009 Andrew Scudder Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers general secretary Bob Crow was from my non-socialist, europhile perspective a political pain in the arse. He was also an outstanding trade union leader, and a rhetorical as well as physical giant among men. Bob’s bitterest enemies mourn the old tankie’s passing, with fond […]


Think of me, pleads phone hacking boss Rebekah Brooks

Francis Sedgemore, Tuesday 4 March 2014 at 17:25 UTC

Former News of the World editor and alleged phone hacking conspirator Rebekah Brooks has in court had her lawyer read out messages of support from colleagues… “You remain the greatest editor and journalist I’ve ever known. I’ve always felt privileged to work alongside you, you’ve done absolutely nothing wrong. “It is totally alien to your […]