How Old Media are Using New Media

Nowadays virtually everything appears on Twitter first, which is really challenging for the mainstream media.  In this talk, Myra MacDonald, Senior Desk Editor (Middle East and South Asia specialist), Thomson Reuters, talks about her view on how Twitter can be … Continue reading

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Medical Research from the lab to the bedside

Findings in Medical research, according to Dr Allison Simmons of Oxford University’s Nuffield Department of Medicine, need to ultimately ‘translate into better treatment of patients’. In this podcast, on Crohns disease – an inflammatory bowel disease, Dr Simmons talks about … Continue reading

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Life and death? No, Much more Important than that

How Sport turned into Big Business and a Global Obsession Matthew Engel – Journalist and Sports Writer and 2011 News International Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media – gives the first of the 2011 series on Broadcast media, entitled; Please Mister, … Continue reading

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What is metaphysics?

It isn’t easy to provide a simple definition of Metaphysics; partly due to the conflicting definitions from rival schools of philosophy (from Plato to Confucius to David Hume) but mostly due to the fact that Metaphysics attempts to answer fundamental … Continue reading

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Is obesity really decided by genetics?

As a common disease in the UK, obesity is likely to lead to other diseases such as heart disease. It also has economical implications including the cost to employers, the National Health Service (NHS) and the government. A simple description … Continue reading

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What is out there? The expected and unexpected matters

When you look up through a clear sky on a dark night you may wonder what is out there apart from the stars and the moon.  However, this is not an easy question to answer, even for a scientist.  So far, … Continue reading

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The Future of Political Broadcasting

BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson, was interested in political journalism from the age of eight.  He joined the BBC in 1986 and worked as ITN political editor before returning to BBC in 2005. In this audio podcast, he discusses reporting … Continue reading

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Can We Trust the News?

We live in an ‘Information Age’.  In a world which is rapidly changing and infinitley complex, where millions of pages of information are created every hour, how can we be ‘informed citizens’? News can be a useful tool which paints a dynamic picture … Continue reading

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Who is responsible for the conflict in Libya?

Recently, the situation in Libya has drawn the close attention of politicians around the world. While the people in Libya are suffering every day, there seems to be confusion whether, and which, organisations should intervene, as well as the approach … Continue reading

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Does the Internet Help People Power?

You may remember vividly how the power of the Internet was utilised in the 2008 U.S general election when Barack Obama became the first African American president. More recently we have also seen how social media has encouraged and informed … Continue reading

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