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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...
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 subscribers and build a true digital business by 2020. For any journalist hoping to work for the Times, or even just...
We love the Internet because it’s a treasure chest of information, and a place where we can join groups to communicate with people who share our interests, no matter how niche the subject or how scattered about the world we might be. As journalists, social media and online communities are places to discover new stories and trends, find experts and learn...
This is Interhacktives’ latest attempt to persuade you that data journalism can be relatable and human, and this time we’ve teamed up with a powerful ally: Christmas. Christmas is a time of year for turkey, mince pies, stuffing, stockings, trees, treats, presents, and… data? On this week’s Data Day, James Somper and Luke Barratt look through the news to find...
Sending Freedom of Information (FOI) requests can be a daunting job for UK journalists. From the early stages of drafting your request, the risk of not getting the information you need can feel like a minefield. However, thanks to WhatDoTheyKnow (WDTK), this task has been made a little easier. WDTK, an open platform website powered by MySociety, a charity...
On this week's Data Day, Luke Barratt and Bridie Pearson-Jones discuss what relationship tech companies in Silicon Valley can or should be doing to resist Donald Trump. Such companies overwhelmingly supported Clinton in the US election, and have in the past been outspokenly progressive on social issues. However, the Intercept reported that of nine tech companies they asked, only Twitter...
Correction: In the podcast, we refer to the organisation running the Data Journalism Awards (GEN) as the General Editors' Network. It is in fact the Global Editors' Network. Entries are now open for the Data Journalism Awards 2017, as of 28 November. Interhacktives are the media partners of this year's awards, and on this episode of Data Day, Luke Barratt...
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 digital journalists. As word spreads that Buzzfeed is set to earn $3.05 million from facebook Live before March 2017, Newsrooms and...
There is one clear fact about journalism and social media, i.e. Twitter is the ‘Holy Grail’ for journalists. The 140 characters in a tweet are used by a majority of journalists for breaking news and microblogging. Almost every journalist has a twitter account. Facebook on the other hand is what I call a 'potential' which is waiting to be discovered by...
Peter Yeung: Society will gain greater benefit from just having open data. Fresh from his time as an ‘interhacktive', the eyes of the data journalism community are already looking towards Peter Yeung at The Times. With several front page exclusives already under his belt, Peter has already caused quite a stir with his innovative work on mental health and the proposed...
Did Pope Francis endorse Donald Trump? Did Hillary Clinton sell weapons to Isis? If you don't know the answers to these questions, you may have been the victim of fake news. In the first episode of a new podcast from Interhacktives – Data Day – Ella Wilks-Harper and Luke Barratt discuss the rise of fake news, question whether the...
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 throughout the night. The Interhacktives team tuned into some live online coverage intently across the pond. Here were some that stood...
Donald Trump visited the New York Times at its Manhattan office on Tuesday. The on-the-record meeting was highly anticipated and publicised after the president-elect cancelled the meeting via Twitter — but, allegedly, not in person — earlier that day. The Times live-reported the meeting and disseminated the coverage on various channels. Its app sent out a push alert at the...
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 offered by Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and who-knows-what-next. Together, we’re learning how best to use each platform to build our brand,...
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 “the world’s most powerful editor” for abandoning his editorial responsibilities. Recently, Facebook fired the human editors on its ‘Trending’ team,...