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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....
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...
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.
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...
I’ve been a bit obsessed with Mona Chalabi’s Instagram for a while now. But what's the history of data journalism and visualisation? Where did it come from?
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In the first of our weekly news round-ups, we take a look at the increasing demand for data journalism and the storytelling potential of virtual reality. Tech in the newsroom The first-ever global survey “The State of Technology in Global Newsrooms”...
London suffered its first, large-scale terrorist attack since the 7/7 bombings this week. Tragically, three innocent lives were taken, and the attacker was shot and killed by the police. At the time, no one knew if another attack was on...
White House press secretary Sean Spicer appeared on Fox News on Tuesday evening, comparing his “alternative facts” regarding Donald Trump’s inauguration crowd to reading different weather reports. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HVMifH4sa8 “The press was trying to make it seem like we were ignoring the...
The New York Times has released a report, written by a group of seven of their journalists called ‘The 2020 Group’, outlining “the newsroom’s strategy and aspirations”. This is part of the paper’s ambition to dramatically increase its number of...
Facebook is putting cash in your hands for using its new live streaming service. Not only is this a sign the social media giant is wholeheartedly backing Facebook Live to the hilt, but it also presents huge opportunities for...
All eyes were on the United States two short weeks ago when it elected its next president. Many digital publishers used the opportunity to explore some creative new ways to cover the event as election and polling results rolled in...
No one – not even Instagram queens, national newspaper editors or that weird guy from school who inexplicably has thousands of Twitter followers – fully understands social media. And isn’t that exciting? Journalists increasingly value the analytics and audience connection...
Journalists aren’t used to taking advice from tech companies. Indeed, the row between Facebook and the journalism industry has intensified over the last two months. A Vox article published earlier this month attacked Mark Zuckerberg, who has been called...
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PMOzxjEXk4 Every journalist of the future will be dependent on technology and social media to tell and share their stories, whether they like it or not. Gone are the days when readers read the news by solely picking up a newspaper...
Two years ago, Buzzfeed leaked a graph showing a steep decline in visitors to the New York Times’ homepage. Almost immediately, Quartz and the Atlantic pronounced the homepage dead. In 2014, The Columbia Journalism Review noted, “Less than half of...
It’s only 150 characters, but it's the first thing people will see when they come to your profile, and it's a great way to pop up in people's searches. Here's how to make it as good as it can...
The last time I checked, WhatsApp was not one of the most popular social media apps among journalists. It was trailing Twitter, Facebook, Messenger, and Line by far. Many a journalist have written off this chat app with a disputed 800 million...
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdalZGglgp8] The world has a problem with food. Nine billion mouths will need feeding by 2050. Double the amount of food currently produced will be needed, the UN predict, as more people in more countries are lifted above the breadline. But producing...
//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js Unlike the past few years when Build the News focused on hacky concepts and newsroom tools, last weekend’s event went back to basics— telling a story. University students, under the guidance of The Times’ journalists, coders, developers and data analysts,...
A team of three Interhacktives triumphed at the recent Build The News event held by The Times.