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Two fundamentals that define good data journalism

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 07:22:56 +0000

Defining data journalism is a hostage to fortune but as I start teaching a data journalism module I’ve boiled it down to two things visible methodology and data. I’m teaching a module on Data Journalism to second year undergraduates this year. It’s not the first time we’ve done that at the university. A few years ago …

Is Data Journalism any more open?

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 12:11:45 +0000

Last year I wrote about how the 2016 Data Journalism awards illustrated that journalism hasn’t quite got to grips with the full meaning of open data. So I thought I’d take a look at this years crop and see if things had improved. This is last years definition for the open data category: Open data award …

Local votes for hyperlocal #DDJ

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 11:47:12 +0000

There’s a good deal of interest in my feeds in a BBC report Local voting figures shed new light on EU referendum. The work has been a bit of a labour of Hercules by all accounts.  Martin Rosenbaum notes: Since the referendum the BBC has been trying to get the most detailed, localised voting data we could …

Why open data needs to be “Citizen literate”

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:16:18 +0000

A “data literate” citizen isn’t someone who knows how to handle a spreadsheet — it’s someone who inherently understands the value of data in decision making. So says Adi Eyal in a piece very much worth a read, called Why publishing more open data isn’t enough to empower citizens  over on IJnet. I’m right behind …

The BBC, Local democracy, hyperlocal and journalism.

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:43:55 +0000

I spent the afternoon in Birmingham at the BBC finding out more about their Local Democracy Reporters scheme.  It’s a project I’ve been keeping an eye on for a number of reasons. The promise of 150 new jobs in journalism, especially ones that are exclusively aimed at covering local government,  is clearly of interest to …

Making Instagram video with Powerpoint

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:57:52 +0000

Audio slideshows are something I’ve included in my practical teaching for a little while. The combination of images and well recorded audio is, for me, a compelling form of content and it can be an easy video win for non-broadcast shops. When I work with the students and journalists exploring the concept, I try and …

Mapping Drone near misses in Google Earth*

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:58:49 +0000

How a brief chat about drone near misses turned into a journey into Airprox reports, spreadsheets, KML and the murky world of map co-ordinates.

Don’t postmortem journalism. It’s not dead. Fix it.

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 11:07:29 +0000

In the aftermath of the Trump win many in the media are looking inward to understand what went wrong. But is it too soon to write off journalism as a failed project?

Why social media isn’t blogging.

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:28:45 +0000

I’m teaching first year journalism students at the moment and talking to them about a professional online presence. A phrase that I’ve been using a lot is blogging. The idea of a ‘blog’ and its value to an aspiring journalists is one I’m really comfortable with but I checked myself and wondered just what it …

Mapping street level crime in an area

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:07:34 +0000

A little while ago I was playing around with the API at looking at a way to pull the data into a google spreadsheet (and some of the issues around the way policing areas are constructed) Yesterday I found myself playing with the API again and looking at quick and easy ways to pull …