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The General Election is the most important media event of the year. Its a chance to earn your stripes as a journalist and get some page leads in your portfolio. This was the thought I had last week when I was on work experience with the Times' Redbox supplement. If you've heard of Redbox, you're probably also aware of their strong emphasis...
A mass of multi-coloured tentacles against a grey-blue backdrop
While browsing data visualisations on Pinterest the other day, I came across an interesting-looking tool: Sociotope, a social media experiment which takes the data people leave behind in social networks and turns it into an interactive data visualisation. The free-to-use web app works with Twitter, Facebook and soon Google Plus. It uses your data to build a “virus”-like creature with...
Hera Hussain is Communities and Partnerships Manager at OpenCorporates, the world’s largest open companies database. When she isn’t busy organising hackathons and liberating corporate data from across the internet, she works with the social entrepreurship movement MakeSense and empowers women to achieve independence through Chayn. She spoke to Interhacktives about her experiences with open data, its importance, and the...
Billy Ehrenberg, ex-Interhacktive and data journalist, has spent the last year working on new data-based projects with City A.M.'s expanding online team. I caught up with him to ask what his role involves, and what he sees as the future of data journalism. In his average day, he admitted that he doesn't do as much data as he'd like. "There is a common...
YouGov founder and CEO Stephan Shakespeare
When you get the chance to speak to the CEO of YouGov on the day Ed Miliband announced his promise to abolish non-dom tax status four weeks before a General Election, you just have to ask the question. Could this be a turning point for Labour? The answer is no, not really. And Stephan's been following election campaigns since before I...
Picture of Joe Twyman on the One Show.
When I met You Gov’s head of political and social research for Europe,  the Middle East and Africa and founding director last month, general election preparation was in full swing. Joe Twyman was a very busy man. “I was on three broadcast pieces yesterday and five the day before,” he says. “That means telling the world about what people think...
Promotional image for the Interhacktives events
Love data? Ever wondered what a data journalist actually does? Just want free booze? The Interhacktives are pleased to announce TWO upcoming events this April that will satisfy either or both of these needs. Brace yourselves. The sessions will be focused on giving you some data skills you can use for election coverage. 2015 is set to be one of the closest elections in...
This time a few months ago, I was spening hours anxiously opening up incognito windows to get through the Telegraph's paywall and reading lots of old newspapers, in my efforts to give myself a decent chance of getting on to the Telegraph's graduate training scheme. I made it through to the final round - a daunting day-long assessment at the...
Interhacktives at Build the News 3 in the Pret before the competition starts!
Day 2  And the winners are.... And that's a wrap! The presentations have been made, the winners have been crowned and we are bidding a fond farewell to Build the News 3. For the Interhacktives it has been our last opportunity to compete in the event as students. So how did we do? Out of the three Interhacktives teams who took part...
CartoDB logo
CartoDB logo Knowing how to create interactive maps can be a very useful skill for a data journalist, and there is an easy, free online tool that allows you to do just that. From election results to cycling accidents, CartoDB allows you to make many clean-looking visualisations with your data. Last year, we interviewed Andrew Hill, one of the data...
A black and white portrait of Capioca co-founder Rebecca Findley
If you’re someone who loves ideas, projects and discovery, you’ll be right at home in the new social network that’s currently creating buzz online. Capioca (Cap-ee-oh-kuh) is a website designed for people to collect things that fascinate them, and to find and discuss new ideas. It was envisioned by its founders, Rebecca Findley and Byron Wong, as an online version...
Lies, damn lies, and statistics. At least that’s how the saying goes and how the wider public feel, for some reason people tend to distrust something with numbers backing it more than if it doesn’t. Well that’s just completely wrong, but the problem is that numbers can tell two different stories from the same data. Statistics might drive people insane,...
Regex how to
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 getting around them. These are sequences of symbols and characters which express a pattern to be searched for in a...
DJI Phantom with camera
When most people think of drones, they’ll probably think of the flying machines that hail indiscriminate death down across the Middle East. But not Ben Kreimer. For him they are a way of seeing the world in a new and exciting light, and occasionally for doing a bit of accidental journalism along the way. Even at a young...
Postgraduate and job application deadlines are drawing near. Maybe you've already got an interview or a place at a newspaper lined up and want to be a bit more prepared. Maybe you're embarking on a year of freelancing and want the best advice. Whatever your reason, be sure to check out some of these events happening all over the...
If you were on Twitter yesterday, you probably noticed the trending hashtag #AdviceForYoungJournalists, which was sparked off by a bitingly cynical blog post from financial journalist Felix Salmon. His advice to young wannabe journalists contacting him for guidance is this: don't become journalists. At least, not if you want to get paid, or have anything that resembles an actual career. Forty-eight hours on and the...
Declining print circulations, traditionalism, internal politics, a small budget. These are problems that don't just affect local newspapers, but it hits them worse. So why have I written a social media style guide principally aimed at locals? Because, generally, they have fewer resources to invest in their social media channels. As journalists, we're still trying to figure out which social...
Since Alan Rusbridger announced on Twitter that he will be stepping down as The Guardian's editor-in-chief, speculation about his replacement has been rife. The search for its new editor has been going on for about a month. Will step down as editor in chief of the Guardian after 20 years next summer 3/3 — alan rusbridger (@arusbridger) December 10, 2014 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsAdmittedly the...
Lies, damned lies and statistics - everyone knows this famously pithy quote often attributed to 19th century British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli. In the social media world though, it’s statistics that are king. There are lots of free tools you can use to measure social networking success. Here is a list of some of the best out there to help...
Snapchat user discovering Discover
Snapchat has launched its Discover platform - a new way to present stories to target its young, casual audience. Mail Online, Vice and Yahoo! News are just some of the nine media organisations partnering up with Snapchat in this venture to tell stories in new ways to entice its users. It announced the platform saying it'll feature “full screen photos and videos, awesome long form...