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"How has the internet revolutionised work? Creative guests tell host Suchandrika Chakrabarti how their industry has moved from analogue to digital."

"How has the internet revolutionised work? Creative guests tell host Suchandrika Chakrabarti how their industry has moved from analogue to digital."
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"How has the internet revolutionised work? Creative guests tell host Suchandrika Chakrabarti how their industry has moved from analogue to digital."




Whatsapp has transformed foreign reporting

British freelance journalist Jennifer O'Mahony (Twitter: is now based in West Africa - mostly in Dakar, Senegal - and her job would be much harder without Whatsapp. Technology leapt from the analogue age to smartphones in the area she covers, so contacts prefer Whatsapping, speaking on the phone, or meeting in person. Businesses have Facebook pages rather than websites, rely on mobile money rather than bank accounts and email isn't really the done...


Bandersnatch interview with Black Mirror's Charlie Brooker

I sat down with Charlie Brooker this week to profile him for New Statesman, here's the link to the piece: We talked about Bandersnatch, politics, 80s music, how much his kids love the Alexa and Black Mirror Season 5. Well, I tried to get him to talk about the last one, and he did a good job of, well, you listen for yourself. Netflix have nothing to be concerned...


Black Mirror Bandersnatch, mental health and technology

Sure, none of us have finished Bandersnatch yet, because none of us ever will. We're just going to have to live with that. One thing we'll all have noticed is that the themes of mental illness, therapy and medication are central to every path that Stefan Butler (Fionn Whitehead) takes through the game-film. He's clearly not well when we first meet him, he worries his dad (Chris Parkinson), and he pays a few visits to his therapist, the ominously-named Dr R. Haynes (Alice Lowe) - an older...


Inside Black Mirror interview with Charlie Brooker

Netflix has finally released the trailer for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. What's a Black Mirror Event? Nobody knows, but looks like we'll be finding out at about 8am GMT tomorrow... that trailer looks pretty darn analogue, so the 1980s nostalgia is going to be strong. To help with the Season 5 anticipation, here's an interview I did with Charlie Brooker in October, around the release of behind-the-scenes book Inside Black Mirror. We talk about how the increased speed of technological...


Celebrating 30 years of the internet

I've known this episode's guest a long time, since we were both undergraduates at Oxford back in the Noughties. Oli went into making films, and he's made an impressive number over the decade since graduating. He's also been made redundant three times (same as me!), so he's very well-placed to talk about the ups and downs of making films in a digital age. Oli's latest project is making a short film with the BBC and BFI to celebrate 30 years of the internet, by looking at how gay men have met...


Chaos with Ed Miliband!

It was a simple and inescapable choice back in spring 2015, wasn't it? Stability and strong government with incumbent Prime Minister David Cameron, or chaos with Ed Miliband. We, the British people, did not choose chaos with Ed Miliband. All the Brexit palaver has sent the political news cycle spinning faster than ever, but there's one politician who's having a gentle bit of fun with it: yes, non-chaos-maker, Ed Miliband. First, he tweets at Theresa May ahead of her party's...


Movies are the memories of our lifetime

This week's guest is film critic Ryan Gilbey, who's a self-confessed "creature of print," as he started out on The Independent's film desk 24 years ago, after winning a competition. He now writes for The Guardian, The Sunday Times and New Statesman. We met back in 2006 when he was my tutor on a part-time Film Journalism course at the British Film Institute in London. Ryan has seen journalism shift from print to digital, and that's affected how filmmakers and actors approach interviews....


Music sounds better with you

This episode's guest is radio and podcast producer Shola Aleje. Shola works on Lauren Laverne's BBC 6 Music show, as well as producing podcasts for Emma Gannon, Cherry Healey and Bestival. We recorded in Shola's London living room, which has a gorgeous vintage vibe, a shelving unit filled with vinyl and a large canvas print of Bruce Springsteen from around the turn of the century. We talk about how radio was a way of connecting across time and space before the internet; being part of the...


Divided by a common language

This week's guest is Jordan Gass-Poore', who's currently working for US liberal magazine Mother Jones in New York. Jordan grew up in Texas, and has worked as a journalist in her hometown, in New York and in London. She's also studied journalism in the US and UK. On the eve of the November 2018 US Midterms - an election that saw huge wins for the Democrats, the biggest midterm voter turnout since 1914, and an incredibly diverse set of representatives elected to office - Jordan tells me how...


Podcasts are kind of a big deal

Welcome to the first episode of Freelance Pod! The first guest is audio expert Christina H. Moore. Christina has worked on podcasts for the BBC and for Apple Podcasts, and she now works on podcasts with musicians. Christina's seen the inner workings of the world's most popular podcast discovery engine: the Apple Podcasts app. So her advice is invaluable for podcasters and would-be podcasters alike. In other podcast-related things this week, the New Yorker ran a big piece on...


Freelance Pod Trailer

Here's the trailer for Freelance Pod, a new podcast about how the internet has revolutionised the way we work. Hear some of the guests who will join host Suchandrika Chakrabarti on upcoming episodes, to talk about how the world of work has transformed from analogue to digital.