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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,...
  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 on the way to work. In fact, chances are that we get our news from push notifications and Snap stories...
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 visits to nytimes.com start on the homepage.” Poynter described the flatlining frontpage as “a previously dominant force” which had lost...
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 be:      Keep your audience in mind Yes, your mates are on Twitter. But potential employers, networkers,...
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 monthly active users after efforts to broadcast through it proved to be a herculean task— adding phone numbers to chat groups...
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 May. Snapchat has created the Discover channel on their app. These are the snapchats that show up automatically on everyone’s...
[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 this volume of food using current practices is environmentally dangerous. Nine billion palates reared on a meat addiction means higher CO2 emissions from cattle,...
//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, set out to build and tell their stories in the most effective ways possible. //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js Our City University team (above)'s story "Grub's up:...
David Knowles, Charlotte Beale and Harry Misiko
A team of three Interhacktives triumphed at the recent Build The News event held by The Times.