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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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
//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,...

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Content is uploaded on Internet every second, but unfortunately much of it goes unseen. You might be asking: “what’s the problem?” But the solution is quite simple; everything relies on the SEO (Social Engine Optimization) and social strategy. SEO is the...
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...
 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...
Pioneers from the frontiers of social media newsgathering and user-generated content (UGC) shared their wisdom at News:rewired's 'in focus' event last week. Below are my seven takeaways from "The Wild West of Social Media" panel event, featuring Aine Kerr, managing editor...
Ever wanted to scrape something with OutWit Hub but the data you want is tied up in ugly HTML tags that change with each new piece of information? Regular expressions - known as regex - are often an easy way of...
So you want to get started with coding, but don’t know where to start. It can feel like a daunting project, possibly because many of us have the idea of coding being some kind of dark art, with lots of...
Best places to get your data For many beginners getting into data and what are the best places to get your data , the first stumbling block is actually accessing the information you want. Before you’ve started to tell the...
New to data journalism and keen to learn but unsure about the kind of stories you could uncover with numbers? Well worry not because the Interhacktives have collected the examples of experts in action so you don't have to. Here's a roundup...
The 2014 Budget saw some great data coverage, but it showed that one of data journalism's biggest challenges lies in working well on mobile devices.
“If data journalism is about anything, it’s the flexibility to search for new ways of storytelling.” Simon Rogers, Facts are Sacred. There are a lot of people out there trying to visually explain information they have obtained through data. They are using...