Posts Tagged ‘Personal’

Baghdad Diary: Basketball at the Border

Prashant’s Note: This blog post was published by AFP on December 17, 2009. It can be found in full here. by Prashant Rao One of my favourite books is ‘Big Game, Small World’. In it, the author, a columnist for Sports Illustrated, travelled the world just playing basketball, meeting people and interacting with them by [...]


Baghdad Diary: Tech frustrations in Iraq

Prashant’s Note: This blog post was originally published by AFP on November 26, 2009. It can be found in full here. by Prashant Rao I love technology — I regularly read tech-related blogs, usually buy New Scientist, What Hi-Fi or similar magazines when I travel, and have spent more than I’d care to admit on [...]


AFP Social Media Guidelines

I’ve been on holiday for a few weeks, so this blog hasn’t been updated as often as it should have. While I was away, AFP published updated guidelines on the use of content from social networks. Check them out here. A brief summary of what we, as AFP journalists, can use social networks for: Monitor [...]


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?

One of the reasons I started this little project is to better understand web trends and technologies, either by forcing myself to use them (WordPress), or by learning enough that I could write about them — this feeling has been exacerbated by Portal 2 having been released and my not having known anything about it. [...]


The rise of the iPhone 4 camera (and fall of my G10)

The rise of the iPhone 4 camera (and fall of my G10)

The good folks at TechCrunch have pointed out something pretty incredible: Camera upload data over at Flickr indicates that the iPhone 4 is about to overtake the Nikon D90 to become the most popular “camera” in terms of photos being uploaded to Flickr, and usage of point-and-shoot cameras is falling through the floor. If you [...]


A random thought, with a touch of Bollywood

I recently returned to Baghdad from a holiday visiting friends and relatives in Asia, and during the course of that trip, I visited my brother and his family in Singapore. While in Singapore, I spent most of my time playing with my 16-month-old nephew, who is walking and has an expanding vocabulary that is, for [...]


Some Housekeeping

A couple quick things that I’ve changed about the website: The RSS button on the top-right now links to my Feedburner feed, which makes it much easier to subscribe to this blog’s RSS feed. Posts should now automatically be published to my Twitter feed. I’m hoping it was as simple as described. And the things [...]


Early Struggles

I’ve been incredibly lazy for the past week or so when it comes to this little project, so I’m endeavouring to get back on track. Even through just a couple weeks of working on this website, I’ve begun to figure out a couple things about photography that seem to hold fairly firm, at least when [...]


Why?

Why?

As a first post, I thought I would quickly summarise why I’m doing this. I’m a (relatively) young journalist working for “old media” — the organisation I work for is trying to adapt to the changing media landscape, and I’m attempting to do the same by learning how to take half-decent photographs, perhaps some video, [...]