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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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Smartphones have created new possibilities for photography, for both professional and citizen journalists. Pictures taken by today’s smartphones are of sufficient quality to be published on all media platforms, from digital to print, and photo-editing apps for smartphones have...
Starting a podcast can be a daunting prospect, but if 'Data Day' can teach you anything, it's that the barrier for entry is incredibly low. On this final episode of 'Data Day', Bridie Pearson-Jones joins Luke Barratt as they discuss...
You’re a dog person, let’s face it, and It’s because you appreciate a pooch that you share a Facebook Live poll asking users to indicate their preference, between cats or dogs, with a heart or a like. And why...
Despite numerous technological innovations — from 360-degree video to social media live-streaming to robot journalists — the trusty old email seems to be increasing in importance in the newsroom. Quartz, for instance, has several journalists based across the world...
As Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told investors of his ‘video first’ strategy, content creators are trying to find ways to optimise their video output and attract larger followings. Social video has been around for many years but is now  considered...
What's a pirate's favourite programming language and statistical computing environment? Why, it’s R, of course. Jokes aside, R is the language of choice for data miners, scrapers and visualisers - as well as journalists looking to manipulate datasets that...
As most digital journalists know, Snapchat is a vast and in some ways underutilised tool. Snapchat claims to have over 8 billion users per day - an eye watering number compared to the 2 billion they had only last...
By 2019, 80% of all internet traffic will be for video – the online world is far from being only about text and images. One of the most interesting new strands of this video revolution is live-streaming: it offers a...
Facebook can be a very valuable tool for traffic for many websites, and mastering an online presence on the social platform is often the difference between life and death of a publication. Recently, Facebook's algorithm has been modified to promote visual content, such...
Why live tweet? Share: If you’re interested in an event you’re attending, the chances are that others who can’t make it or don’t already know about it will be interested too. Live tweet to give them an insight into the...
Want to know how to create a timeline like this for your website? Timeline JS is a useful, easy and open-source tool that enables you to build visually rich, interactive personal timelines. If you are a beginner, you can create a timeline using a Google spreadsheet. 1. STEP...
 I created this (blog?) for myself so I can keep on top of Excel. I am going to add to it throughout the year when I learn new functions. Excel might not look like the friendliest of Microsoft programmes...
Warning: This how-to is for Mac users, since it provides information on installing Mac OS X apps. Windows is quite similar though, you'll have to google. What is GitHub? GitHub is a platform for hosting and collaborating on projects. Say you want to...