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WPI whirlwind tour of the United States

WPI whirlwind tour of the United States

What I've learnt so far...

Newsroom downsizing

It's happening, or has already happened, almost everywhere. During the five years I've been at my company we have had three rounds of redundancies. While we've been on this trip, two of the fellows have received news there will be layoffs at their organisation when they return home.

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Smart phones, smarter reporting?

 They're everywhere, and almost everyone has one. Perhaps even your grandmother.

It's no secret that smart phones have changed the way journalists work.

It has also changed the way the public can engage with mainstream media, or produce their own content.

Anyone with a smart phone can upload their "cats behaving badly" videos to You Tube, but the smart phone revolution has also played a crucial role in defending the rights of the oppressed.

Capture and upload - it's never been easier.

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WiTF? (What is This Food?)

WiTF? (What is This Food?)

There is one thing every single person I have spoken to in Minnesota agrees on – that I must visit the state fair.

Locals say it’s an event rich with tradition, and attending is a rite of passage for all Minnesotans and their visitors. It boats livestock exhibits, prize winning produce, food and entertainment.

But the thing that intrigued me most was the phenomenon locals describe as food on a stick.

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