Archive for May, 2011

Baghdad Diary: Hope and Heartache

Prashant’s note: This blog post was originally published by AFP on July 14, 2009. It can be found in full here. by Prashant Rao Since I arrived in Baghdad, by far the most frequent question I am asked by friends and family back home has to do with what the country is like, and I’m increasingly [...]


Facebook on the Frontline (Part II)

Prashant’s note: The following article was originally published in the latest issue of Correspondent, the bi-monthly magazine of the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club. It is reproduced here in full with the permission of the magazine. by Prashant Rao How is social media changing the role of today’s correspondent? All I know is that for [...]


Facebook in the Frontline (Part I)

Prashant’s note: The following article was printed in the latest issue of Correspondent, the bi-monthly magazine of the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club. It is re-published here in full with the permission of the magazine and the author, Thomas Crampton, a former foreign correspondent who now helps companies develop social media strategies for Ogilvy across the Asia Pacific [...]


Building up a Tumblr

Matthew Keys made some interesting points in a live chat on Poynter about the use of Tumblr. He made some useful suggestions about how to get started, and what individuals and news organisations are using Tumblr well (Poynter’s Joe Grimm also offered up this list of 60 innovative Tumblr accounts). It’s worth checking out the [...]


What is Tumblr? (Part III) – The Poynter Live Chat Edition

Past readers will recall my initial post trying to get to grips with Tumblr led me to a web presentation, which was compiled by Matthew Keys. Well, that same Matthew Keys is taking part in a Live Chat hosted by Poynter on the subject, “How to use Tumblr to build your brand as a journalist”. [...]


What is Tumblr? (Part II)

There’s a really neat (and detailed) summary of what Tumblr is, how it works, and how to get started on Journalism.co.uk for those of you who are interested. The post’s author also makes a few good recommendations at the end about what to do with your Tumblr when you do eventually start using it: Go [...]


Ah yes, that world famous restaurant chain — Pizza Hat

Ah yes, that world famous restaurant chain -- Pizza Hat

Spotted this while driving through Mansur, in west Baghdad: This place really makes me laugh, sometimes. (Photo taken on my iPhone 4 using Camera+)


Some good news for iPad users

The New York Post reported this week that Condé Nast was going to begin offering iPad subscriptions for its magazines, which is fantastic news for this particular customer. I am a subscriber to The New Yorker‘s digital edition (which massively lets down its fantastic writing) and a past subscriber to Vanity Fair, so I’m looking [...]


If you read one thing today…

Make it AFP London photographer Leon Neal‘s two-part post (so two things, I guess) on his preparation for photographing the Royal Wedding on April 29, and actually taking and filing pictures on the day.


Baghdad match a triumph for security

Baghdad match a triumph for security

by Prashant Rao NOTE: This article was originally published by AFP on July 15, 2009. It can be found here. BAGHDAD (AFP) — Standing alongside the pitch at Baghdad’s Al-Shaab stadium as more than 50,000 rabid fans cheered on their national side, Mohammed Raed spelt out his own measure of the city’s improved security. “The [...]