BlackBerry ‘ban’ lifted at the 11th hour in the UAE

The UAE and it’s two main telecom providers, Etisalat and du, today announced that the threatened ban on BlackBerry messenger services in the UAE had been lifted.

Death knocks: public interest or of interest to the public?

It’s the coming of age for any cub reporter. After guidance from tutors, anecdotes from seniors and goading from the news desk they will one day be asked to prove themselves on possibly the toughest assignment of all – the death knock.

BlackBerry ban in the UAE?

When it came it was not unexpected, but it was still met with shock. “BlackBerry services in the UAE will be suspended from October”, the statement from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) read, signalling the possible end of a love-affair with the devices for 500,000 of the Gulf state’s 8.2m residents. They are a favourite […]

Palestine, Beer and Ocktoberfest Under Occupation – a DIY documentary

The story of how DIY documentary maker Lara Van Raay packed up and went to the West Bank to make a film about a brewery and beer festival in the most unlikely of settings.

Al Jazeera’s World Cup blackout leaves ITV in the shade

For every spectacular goal scored, or dive unpunished, World Cup audiences in the Middle East are on the edge of their seats for reasons that have nothing to do with the action in Johannesburg, Rustenburg, Cape Town or any of South Africa’s proud sporting stadia.

How to get rich, popular and blogging

Just to be clear (and now that I have your attention): this post won’t get you rich, won’t make you popular but will tell you a bit about blogging. I’ve been doing this for a little while now and had some positive feedback so I thought I’d share my experiences so far.

Journalism and low pay, time to end the NCE?

The debate about low pay in journalism has overlooked the racket that is the NCE ‘senior’ exam. Time for it to be wound up?

Quit Facebook – get in before the bubble bursts

It’s unlikely to be fear of privacy, increased regulation or even the approaching Diaspora site that will kill off Facebook. It will be fashion, the same fashion that ended Friends Reunited, Myspace and Bebo.

Sex in (some other) City

There’s no stopping it, it’s like summer in the desert, completely disorientating and painful to even think about. Normally sane people rush around making other plans that usually involve flights to faraway lands but know, deep down, it will still have a negative effect on their being. Yes, Sex and the City 2 is upon us.

The Times paywall site: WordPress with ooomph?

A review of the new-look Times and Sunday Times of London sites that are going to be the first major UK newspapers to be put behind a paywall.