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  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.
By 2019, 80% of all internet traffic will be for video – the online world is far from being only about text and images. One of the most interesting new strands of this video revolution is live-streaming: it offers a unique level of intimacy and immediacy to users. But what should you use? Periscope Periscope has a number of benefits. It is owned...
Got an appetite for edible insects? This grasshopper stir fry serves four people and takes a mere 10 minutes to cook. Recipe courtesy of Grub. Ingredients -60 Grub Grasshoppers -150g pak Choi -100g tenderstem broccoli -75g green beans -75g mangetout -1 red onion, sliced -2 cloves of garlic, diced -2 fresh red chillies, thinly sliced -1 small piece of ginger, grated -8g sesame seeds (half black and half white if possible) -1...

SEO tips

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 visibility of content in search engines. The higher an article is ranked within a search result list, the more visits...
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 as pictures and videos, over plain text posts. Data published last November seems to be showing they are on the right track,...
analytics and newsroom
and Esmeralda Sandoval Analytics are some of the most effective tools publishers have for distributing stories. Yet, implementing analytics and tailoring them to an organizations specific needs has proved challenging for many news rooms. We spoke to Federica Cherubini, a media consultant and editorial researcher who worked for the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) in Paris.   Together with Rasmus...
migrant files nicolas kayser bril
The Data Journalism Awards organised by the Global Editor’s Network (GEN) showcase some of the best data journalism every year. Here we take a look at past winners in anticipation for this year's awards. In August 2013, Nicolas Kayser Bril, a French data journalist and CEO of Journalism ++, started The Migrant Files project along with 15 other European journalists in order to document the...
BBC City Hack judges, BBC News Labs officials and members of The Neutrons team that won the challenge.
A prototype of a tool that seeks to detect biased reporting of scientific research has emerged tops at the first City University London Hackathon. The aim of the model, christened Neutron, is to help detect “churnalism”— reproduction of press releases sent to newsrooms by scientists and research institutions. “Neutron will help to detect this problem by inserting a quote from a...
We joined BBC News Labs University Challenge for its first day. After a good breakfast, Neil Maiden, Sylvia Tippmann, Lei He, Basile Simon and Francesco Negri from BBC News Labs gave a briefing and organised us into three teams. Teaming up at #BBCityHack @BBC_News_Labs pic.twitter.com/tbx77o9kr2 — Sylvia Tippmann (@SyTpp) 27 February 2016   //platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsIn groups of three to five journalists, data scientists, and programmers, we brainstormed ideas for a tool that...
City Hacks
The first City University London Hackathon will take place this weekend as part of the BBC News Labs’ University Challenges. Organised by BBC News Labs & Connected Studio in collaboration with City, the event brings together 23 participants from the university’s Journalism and Computer Science programmes. The goal, according to BBC News Labs data scientist Sylvia Tippmann, is to build a...
Data Journalism Awards
Are you a journalist with a data-driven project you are proud of? Apply to the Data Journalism Awards (DJAs) 2016 now The Data Journalism Awards are the biggest competition to reward the world's best data journalism. Submission is open until 10 April 2016. Interhacktives is a proud media partner of the DJAs. We’ll be publishing interviews, advice and showcasing past winners until the 12...
Hailing from a tiny Californian town, where the main mode of transport takes the literal measurement of horse power, Megan Lucero is quite the outlier. The energetic 27-year-old – who was remarkably promoted from intern to data editor at The Times and The Sunday Times in just four years – would certainly stand out if you found her in a spreadsheet....
Queen of data Marianne Bouchart shared her top data portals - and a few tricks - at this month's news:rewired conference. Bouchart is Communications Director and Data Journalism Awards Manager at the Global Editors' Network. She founded Hei-Da.org, a not-for-profit specialising in data-driven projects and storytelling - check out their Data Journalism Blog. She also spent three years at Bloomberg as data journalism and graphics...