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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...
It was over donuts and sushi that Interhacktives found out more about corporate networks and how to access company data. Last Wednesday, a pack of 13 of us attended the meetup "Flash Hacks: Map the Banks", an initiative by the London-based organisation Open Corporates that aims to create a more accurate picture of the financial sector. The initiative has a point: the...
If you’re interested in dataviz, you’ve probably been hearing a whole bunch about D3. When you stumble across a really creative-looking visualisation, chances are it’ll have been made with D3. Yes, it’s hyped, and there are a million tutorials out there and it can all feel a little overwhelming. So where to start? Luckily, your humble Interhacktive test bunny has taken...
2014 buzzfeed
In a post entitled ‘2014 Was Our Favourite Year Yet’, BuzzFeed brags about its metrics. It has every right to - they’re pretty impressive. Just look at the numbers for yourself: People spent 58,655 years on BuzzFeed Traffic doubled from 100m to 200m monthly UVs BuzzFeed posts received over 16bn pageviews ...
I recently finished a couple weeks' worth of shifts at The Times, working on the digital team as a community manager. My duties included posting articles to social media and compiling reports on site analytics, but the job that I spent most of my time on (and found the most entertaining by far) was moderating the comments. We're all familiar...
Throughout most of its ten-year history, people have been threatening to leave Facebook. There are plenty of good reasons for doing it, from Facebook’s constantly mutating privacy policies to its decision to turn users into test subjects without their knowledge or consent. A few months ago, Facebook came under fire for its “real-names policy”, which requires users to access the site...
A graphic showing happiness by London Borough
“I think there’s a lot of infographics out there that are really a bit rubbish.” So says Dr James Cheshire, one of the co-authors of  “London: The Information Capital”, a new book featuring data visualisations and infographics centred round the UK’s capital. A lecturer at University College London (UCL), Dr Cheshire, 27, completed his PhD in Geographic Information Science. He mapped...
So you want to get started with coding, but don’t know where to start. It can feel like a daunting project, possibly because many of us have the idea of coding being some kind of dark art, with lots of complicated syntax to get right. Thankfully, the internet is here to help. And here’s the first secret: It’s not all about...
Mark's Tweet of Alex Salmond
I wrote a tweet. I say ‘wrote’. There were no words, just four images. The first three were screenshots of the possession statistic during the 24th minute of the Scotland v England international match. The other was of Alex Salmond’s face. The Process It is, of course, a joke about the result of the Scottish referendum. I’d come up with the idea...