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Al Jazeera Listening Post On Media Ombudsmen

Listening Post, the media programme on Al Jazeera English, did a report on the role of media ombudsmen and readers’ editors earlier this month. And I feature briefly giving my views on the topic towards the end. You can watch the story in full at the Al Jazeera Listening Post website.

Spoiler alert: in general, I think they’re a good idea.

I recorded my bit on my iPad mini, which meant I didn’t even have to leave my living room to do it, although viewers may have been slightly perplexed by the boxes of my daughter’s toys in the background.

What I’m Reading: Red Or Dead, Al Jazeera America, And More

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Red or Dead, by David Peace.

I’ve read quite a few of David Peace’s books. The Damned Utd and his four-part Red Riding series, all set mainly in Leeds, are absorbing, unsettling and generally great. But I realised this week I may struggle to get to the end of his novel about Bill Shankly, Red or Dead, when I got to the passage in the image above.

Peace has taken his trademark style of repetition, almost incantation, a bit far this time. It turns Red or Dead into a dreadful slog, and I’m not even halfway through yet. Jonathan Wilson in the New Statesman has one of the best reviews. But in the week in which Elmore Leonard died, and his memorable ten tips for writing published in the New York Times in 2001 circulated online again, I’d suggest Peace is guilty of ignoring number 10: try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

Still on football, Addiply founder Rick Waghorn posted some interesting reflections on his 20 years as a reporter covering Norwich City. On the cover of Sports Illustrated this week is Mario Balotelli, and the story by Grant Wahl is well worth a read.

Al Jazeera America began broadcasting yesterday. Brian Stelter had a comprehensive preview in the New York Times. Meanwhile, NBC has begun its high-profile coverage of the English Premier League, to favourable reviews such as this one from SB Nation.

Back to Yorkshire to finish. A couple of interesting snippets from the excellent Leeds Citizen blog: a welcome update on its attempts to record council meetings, and grim news about counterfeit booze found at a den of iniquity which I may have been known to frequent during my student days. And those interested in local commercial radio news will enjoy Richard Horsman’s latest thoughts at his always readable blog.