Tristan Stewart-Robertson

Tristan Stewart-Robertson is a Canadian freelance reporter based in Glasgow, Scotland, operating as the W5 Press Agency. He is the directing editor of the news website Tomorrow.is

by Tristan Stewart-Robertson

Advertising innovation can frequently just mean different shapes of ads in print, or extra bangs and whistles online to grab attention, or even a social media blitz to┬ápromote a brand. But the Irish Times wanted more. So, with its second annual startup challenge, it insisted on discovering completely new ways to raise money from advertising. […] more »

by Tristan Stewart-Robertson

“People will not assume that what they read on the Internet is trustworthy or that it carries any particular assurance or accuracy; it need be no more than one person’s view.” After that quote from The Leveson Inquiry report, released Nov. 29, was read to John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, on […] more »

by Tristan Stewart-Robertson

When Oliver Mooney stood up for his final presentation of the Irish Times Digital Challenge, he had a confession to make. “I love working with data,” he declared. “It’s such a nerdy thing to say, but I’ve been doing it now for over a decade for customers all over the country, and it’s about time […] more »

by Tristan Stewart-Robertson

Do we define the future of the newspaper based on the product and its medium? Or do we look to the interaction between the product and the reader, and ask the digital realm to reinvent the relationship? These are big questions, and the fundamental ones underlying the The Irish Times Digital Challenge, the latest attempt […] more »

by Tristan Stewart-Robertson

Click to read our whole series Later this month, the Paralympics will open at the same London venues as the Olympic Games, and for the first time, will get full-day and prime-time coverage in the U.K. In 2008, Great Britain and Northern Ireland came in second in the Paralympics medals table with 102, including 42 […] more »

by Tristan Stewart-Robertson

At the Cyberspace Conference in London in November, Igor Shchegolev, the Russian minister of communications and mass media, referred to sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics: 1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. 2. A robot must obey any orders […] more »

by Tristan Stewart-Robertson

When England instituted the Riot Act of 1714, it did so to prevent “tumults and riotous assemblies, and for the more speedy and effectual punishing the rioters.” That statute came off the books in 1973, but now British Prime Minister David Cameron is targeting the “riotous assemblies” of the online and social media worlds in […] more »

by Tristan Stewart-Robertson

From time to time, we provide an overview of one broad MediaShift topic, annotated with online resources and plenty of tips. The idea is to help you understand the topic, learn the jargon, and take action. We’ve previously covered Twitter, local watchdog news sites, and Net neutrality, among other topics. This week MediaShift U.K. correspondent […] more »

by Tristan Stewart-Robertson

British journalism has just undergone one of the most radical weeks in several decades. Rupert Murdoch “Rocked,” “chaos,” “shocking” — use whatever adjectives you like, but news this week that the News of the World (NOTW) tabloid hacked into the phones of child murder victims, families of London’s July 7, 2005 terror attacks, and parents […] more »

by Tristan Stewart-Robertson

Since Barack Obama successfully tapped into social media during his run to the White House in 2008, every political group has tried to use the digital world to bring in revenue and votes. This year’s Scottish Parliament elections, which take place on May 5, will be the first in that country since Facebook and Twitter […] more »