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We decided to take a look through the Wayback Machine tool to watch the evolution of the Beeb online. The machine is a neat tool that has archived 445 billion web pages. On the 21st December, 1996, John Major was Prime Minister; Mars Attacks, 101 Dalmatians and the English Patient were in cinemas; and the BBC’s website looked like this… That's a...
Why live tweet? Share: If you’re interested in an event you’re attending, the chances are that others who can’t make it or don’t already know about it will be interested too. Live tweet to give them an insight into the best bits of what’s being said. Grow: You will gain followers, exposure and skills. You’ll catch people’s attention. And live tweeting...
City University played host to a book launch and panel discussion that included Nick Phipps of Sky News, Megan Lucero of The Times and The Sunday Times, and City University lecturer Tom Felle last week. All of whom contributed to the book entitled, Data Journalism: Inside the Global Future.  The panel was led by Ray Snoddy, former media editor at...
International Relations has come to mean a global system. LSE Professor Ian Morris explains how the growth of the international system and the shifts of power is linked to geography and oil extraction at a LSE Ideas event. //
The eyes of the British media are watching Malcolm Coles, the Telegraph’s Director of Digital Media. He is at the heart of the huge disruption taking hold of the newspaper industry and the battle to make journalism sustainable. Coles launched Trinity Mirror’s nimble data project Ampp3d in December 2013 to widespread acclaim, and now he is tasked with transforming The Telegraph into...
Want to know how to create a timeline like this for your website? Timeline JS is a useful, easy and open-source tool that enables you to build visually rich, interactive personal timelines. If you are a beginner, you can create a timeline using a Google spreadsheet. 1. STEP ONE - SPREADSHEET Get the template sheet from here - you will need a Gmail account. Once you have your Google spreadsheet, click onat the...
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 I created this (blog?) for myself so I can keep on top of Excel. I am going to add to it throughout the year when I learn new functions. Excel might not look like the friendliest of Microsoft programmes but it is important for every journalist to understand. I think of Excel or Google sheets (the equivalent of Excel on Google...
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News publishers have suffered significant losses in interactions on Facebook after the social network changed its algorithm – the code which decides the order in which posts are seen by viewers. Facebook altered its code in July, and statistics show that the top 25 news organisations saw a fall of 15% within a month of interactions with their content through...
Hacks/Hackers at Twitter UK (Image: Peter Yeung)
October’s edition of Hacks/Hackers was a bustling affair held at Twitter’s London HQ. Organised by the Wall Street Journal's Sarah Marshall, Twitter's Joanna Geary and PixieLab's Peter MacRobert, a healthy cohort of interhacktives were in attendance. Here’s what we learnt: Follow @ptr_yeung !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s),p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); Streamlined design is the final frontier //platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsErin Sparling, head of newsroom development at Dow Jones, showed off...
Pioneers from the frontiers of social media newsgathering and user-generated content (UGC) shared their wisdom at News:rewired's 'in focus' event last week. Below are my seven takeaways from "The Wild West of Social Media" panel event, featuring Aine Kerr, managing editor of Storyful; Sam Dubberley, co-founder of Eyewitness Media Hub; Gavin Rees, director, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and Beth Colson, head of international video...
Twitter, rather than existing as an amorphous abstract cloud of individual opinions, links and gifs, is closely bound up with existing communities and groups. Scotland is notable for the skill of its political classes on Twitter. The leaders of the Scottish National Party, Scottish Labour and the Scottish Conservatives are all adept tweeters. They joke, snipe, tease and engage with...
We (a new generation of interhacktives) have finally been given access to the site, and we plan to be different. While our forefathers have focused on data journalism only, we are going to divert half our focus to social media. We’re doing this because we believe that social media is as important as data journalism. (Also because half of...
GitHub Octocats
Warning: This how-to is for Mac users, since it provides information on installing Mac OS X apps. Windows is quite similar though, you'll have to google. What is GitHub? GitHub is a platform for hosting and collaborating on projects. Say you want to create a cool handmade visualisation or a webpage template or a scraper (as opposed to using automated but limited tools...
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Visualising your story is a key aspect of a lot of data journalism. While there are stories that don’t require a visualisation, be it a simple or complex, many more do and getting that right is key for readers and journalists. I caught up with Cath Levett, Head of Graphics and Interactives at the Guardian Media Group, to find out...
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...
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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...