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We all know that data visualisations can really bring an article to life. However, I've learned from experience that it's easy to become so engrossed in making a data vis that you compromise the quality by overlooking key elements. Learn from my mistakes and make sure to knock these 7 things off your checklist before you click “publish!”   1. Pick...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90WadjrZsck Sir Tim Berners-Lee, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web, was the star speaker at Mozilla Festival 2018. He told a packed room at London’s Ravensbourne College about his latest project, Solid, an open source platform built to decentralise the web, saying it aims to give internet users: “the freedom to choose where their data resides...
Are Twitter threads good for journalism?
Twitter is often linked to journalism for two reasons. Firstly, its real-time nature makes it a perfect place to discover breaking news. Secondly, well, it is full of journalists. However, Twitter has been trying for a while to go over real-time and quick conversations. One of its biggest steps towards this goal is Twitter thread, a function that allows...
Douban
As a journalist, it is a good idea to get familiar with Douban, otherwise known as the ‘Chinese Reddit’ to see how can you use it to find news, comments, and opinions from the country of 1.3 billion people. Get your Google Translate ready and let’s take a look! While most people have heard of Weibo and Wechat, not...
Student journalist working on his online presence
These days, it feels like breaking into journalism is a more competitive landscape than ever before. So what can you do to rise above the status quo as a student digital journalist? If you want to be taken seriously as a digital journalist in the 21st century, having an online presence is not only recommended, it is a must. Here...
NICAR data journalism conference
preview:NICAR conference is the biggest and best even for data journalists. We've put together a list of the best tips and talks from NICAR 2018 in Chicag
An Amazon Alexa - a well-known brand of voice assistant
Voice assistants are being forced on us at every opportunity, and news organisations are scrambling to take advantage. But is voice just shifting social media's problems onto a new platform?
newsletter headers news organisations
David Hieatt, founder of Hiut Jeans, was stuck in a rut. The launch of his Welsh-made jeans had gone well but, after an initial soar in sales, the orders stopped coming in. Just stopped. What did he do? He started a newsletter, and his business grew and grew and grew. "Stop!", you say. "This website is about digital journalism, why...
What is Weibo? Pronounced as “way bor”, it is the Chinese word for “microblog”. And it is also the name of one of the biggest social media platforms in China. There are many microblogging sites in China, but Sina Weibo is the most popular one -  it currently has more than 376 million monthly active users. It was launched by Sina,...
Graphs and data journalism
You're a budding data journalist and you’ve got your head around the basics - you've played around with Microsoft Excel, you’ve made a few charts here and there, and the thought of statistics doesn’t give you nightmares anymore. But looking for some guidance on what to do next? Well, you’re in the right place. With useful advice from some of...
There are many ways to visualise data but here are some explainers to walk you through the maze of its vocabulary and help you decide how to tell your interactive story. Visualising complex statistical and numerical data in a comprehensible visual form is a carefully crafted task. If the news story is trying to illustrate comparisons, to show differences or similarities,...
Hacks to get your started with SEO
What is SEO anyway? SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation, and knowing your way around how to optimise your content for the web can make all the difference in whether your content appears on page one or 14 on search engines. We've put together a few easy SEO hacks to get you started. If you’re an SEO novice, here are...
snapchat maps browser
Snapchat has made Maps available on the web, so is this another masterstroke or are journalists being given a tool that users didn’t respond to?
A data journalism round-up from the Winter Olympics
With the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in full flow, we skate our way through the best examples of data journalism that have caught Interhacktives' eye over the past week.
Looking to network and improve your professional knowledge through data and digital journalism events? Worry not; Interhacktives has done all the research for you. Here's list of unmissable events taking place from February to April you can pop into your diary. Stay tuned as we'll be regularly updating our events list to keep you in the know! February 20th: BBC Virtual...
Gradient maps such as the one below - showing the levels of crime in the various wards of Hackney - are a great way to simplify complex and ‘busy’ visual data. For the reader it’s far easier to interpret this form of colour schematic than having to count tiny dots or constantly referring to a table of numbers.  The map...
Apps play an increasingly large role in journalism. We can use our phones to record, film, edit, message and much more. But with so many out there, it can be tricky to know which apps to download. We take a look at some of the best apps for Android and iPhone below. Have we missed anything out? Let us know...
Most Interhacktives readers are no stranger to the Data Journalism Awards. Submissions to the 2018 Data Journalism Awards are now open, and we are excited to be their media partner again to report on some of the most innovative projects in data journalism. Categories include Best Innovative Portfolio, Best Use of Data in a Breaking News Story, Data Visualisation...
In an age where society depends on the internet, the further we take our digital footprint, the less control we have over our own personal data.
Man working with data visualisation
The Internet is abuzz with talk of data these days, and everyone wants in. However, the complexities of data and how to work with it are regularly misunderstood. When harnessed correctly, data can be a very powerful resource. On the other hand, when it's not used correctly, it can become a liability. It is very easy to make mistakes when using...