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Here are some data and interactive journalism events coming your way over the next month. 1)Hack/hackers London: October meetup (Credit: Hack Hackers) The meeting is to bring hackers and journalists together as news coverage goes digital. Hackers explore technologies to filter and visualise information, while journalists use technology to find and tell stories. In the age of information overload, all their work...
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 become powerful accessories for both amateur and professional photographers. Of course, nobody claims that smartphones have better camera quality then DSLRs....
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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” by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) has found that data journalism is the most sought-after training. According to the survey,...
In the current 24 hour news cycle, staying on top of current trends can be tough. So, to help make life a little bit easier, we've put together a list of 5 (and a half) active Twitter hashtags to look out for. #journorequest Stil keen to speak to UK tech entrepreneurs willing to share their "failure" stories and what they've learnt from...
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 its way, or if this was a one-off. Amid the confusion, it was clear that London was facing a crisis....
Alberto Cairo thinks you can solve almost all your problems with data journalism in two steps. “Journalists,” he tells me, “in my opinion, tend to oversimplify matters quite a lot. “Let’s say that you are exploring the average height of people in an area. If you only report the average, that may be wrong or right depending on how spread out...
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 what makes some of their favourite podcasts great, why podcasting is such a compelling format for modern journalists, and the...
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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 not? Facebook is for sharing. Live is the big push, and these polls are interactive, simple enough to produce for...
In this week’s podcast, Luke Barratt and Jasper Pickering talk about the growing importance of live-streaming on Facebook for media organisations and the average Joe alike. As Facebook grows its video platform, Zuckerburg is pushing users to interact with each other via live video feed. No longer are the broadcasters telling us what to do from atop their ivory towers....
Verifying missile launchers, tracking down ISIS supporters and holding worldwide governments to account is just a day’s work for 36-year-old Eliot Higgins. Last time I met Higgins, an independent intelligence analyst, he was giving a talk about his work with Bellingcat, the investigative news network he founded in 2012. It was this network that trawled the internet's vast and polluted...
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jBPqveBdfk The idea of virtual reality isn’t new: Sega made a headset in 1991. VR as a storytelling device, however, is picking up traction in newsrooms and becoming more complex as the medium is explored. How many journalists can say they’ve had a bite of the cherry? Interhacktives spoke to Charlie Newland and Owain Rich, Producers at the BBC and...
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 work on its daily newsletter, which releases at about 6am across time zones in Asia, Europe/Africa and the Americas, every...
In this week's Data Day, Luke Barratt is joined by Matteo Moschella to discuss the use of data in sport journalism. Data is omnipresent in the reporting of sport, particularly recently. The closing of the Barclays Premier League January transfer window has prompted a glut of visualisations on the month's top stories. Check out some of the code used by the...
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 the dominant vessel for consumption on social media. Last year, Facebook video uploads increased by 95% from the previous year...
Megan Lucero has seen it all. The former head of data at The Times and The Sunday Times is now directing her attention to local data journalism as the head of the Local Data Lab at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. In a (second) discussion with the Interhacktives, Megan talks about her decision to leave The Times, how she...
360° video is an emerging format and, like all emerging formats, must go through an uncertain period of experimentation. As journalists begin to push the boundaries for this storytelling device, the Interhacktives discuss the merits, challenges and funny side of all things 360°. It has to be seen to be believed. https://youtu.be/FqpWnhg0Q5A In order to fully enjoy this 360° experience, strap on a...
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 facts when the facts are that sometimes… in the same way you can look at a weather report,” Spicer said....
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 Excel just can’t handle.   R can be used to create stunning and modern interactives, plot cats instead of points in...
Snapchat and Semtex might sound like something of an oxymoron. However, as the bombs and mortars continue to rain down in the battle for Mosul, journalists covering the conflict are taking to social media to document the final days of a war that has so far cost hundreds of thousands of lives. Now, mobile phone chargers, hard drives and selfie-sticks...
On this week's 'Data Day', Ayushman Basu and Luke Barratt discuss the opening of a survey for journalists by the Government Statistical Survey. The Government is looking for feedback on how to improve their provision of open data. You can respond to the survey here. The main focus of the survey is on the possibility of creating a single outlet for...