Audience & Social

While browsing data visualisations on Pinterest the other day, I came across an interesting-looking tool: Sociotope, a social media experiment which takes the data people leave behind in social networks and turns it into an interactive data visualisation. The free-to-use...
If you’re someone who loves ideas, projects and discovery, you’ll be right at home in the new social network that’s currently creating buzz online. Capioca (Cap-ee-oh-kuh) is a website designed for people to collect things that fascinate them, and to...
If you were on Twitter yesterday, you probably noticed the trending hashtag #AdviceForYoungJournalists, which was sparked off by a bitingly cynical blog post from financial journalist Felix Salmon. His advice to young wannabe journalists contacting him for guidance is this: don't become journalists....
Declining print circulations, traditionalism, internal politics, a small budget. These are problems that don't just affect local newspapers, but it hits them worse. So why have I written a social media style guide principally aimed at locals? Because, generally,...
Lies, damned lies and statistics - everyone knows this famously pithy quote often attributed to 19th century British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli. In the social media world though, it’s statistics that are king. There are lots of free tools you...
Snapchat has launched its Discover platform - a new way to present stories to target its young, casual audience. Mail Online, Vice and Yahoo! News are just some of the nine media organisations partnering up with Snapchat in this venture to tell stories...
Throughout most of its ten-year history, people have been threatening to leave Facebook. There are plenty of good reasons for doing it, from Facebook’s constantly mutating privacy policies to its decision to turn users into test subjects without their knowledge...
I wrote a tweet. I say ‘wrote’. There were no words, just four images. The first three were screenshots of the possession statistic during the 24th minute of the Scotland v England international match. The other was of Alex Salmond’s...
We go behind data scraped from the front page of Reddit - what does it tell us about the online super-community?
Kerry Alexandra is a User Generated Content (UGC) Producer at the BBC. She told Interhacktives about how UGC is the new frontline of news, and how quickly her work can change – from looking at users' snow photos for a...
Our tutorial on data journalism will start at 6pm today (Monday 24th March) – click here for the link.   To see last week's tutorial on social media verification, click here.   The time for our first hour of Interhacktivity is almost upon us. The tutorials...
If you've ever wondered what it takes to become a modern day journalist with a wide set of skills in terms of data and social, Interhacktives are here to assist you. We are going to share the knowledge we...
The BBC’s George Alagiah chairs the 5th Hackney Debate, a discussion of how social media is shaping society, and in some cases how society is shaping social media.
We interview Anne-Marie Tomchak, the presenter of the BBC's new social media series, BBC Trending.
Sarah Laitner, Communities Editor of the FT, came to chat with us about engaging through social media.
A new piece of research by Twiplomacy shows the extent to which international NGOs use Twitter to communicate with the public.
Over the course of the year we have been privileged to hear insights from many working journalists, community managers and social media editors. Here are some of the best...
Exploring and experimenting with three tools, their pros and their cons.
Crowdsourcing can be less complicated than people think and it is an asset very few newsrooms think about now. That is the experience of Marcelo Träsel, a journalist and lecturer on Digital Journalism at Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, in...
In its news coverage, the Economist takes a step back from the grind of the 24 hour cycle to survey the landscape and reflect. So too with digital strategy. Resisting the temptation to jump on the latest bandwagon, the...