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Social Media for Journalists: Making a case for Facebook

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...

What WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption means for journalism and how to use...

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...

How to live tweet an event

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...

Five things we learnt from October’s Hacks/Hackers London

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...

Using Twitter Well: The Strange Case of J.K Rowling and Wings...

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...

Sociotope brings your online identity to life

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...

Our favourite #AdviceForYoungJournalists

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....

A social media style guide for local newspapers

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...

6 tools for measuring social media success

Lies, damned lies and statistics - everyone knows this famously pithy quote often attributed to 19th century British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli. In the...

I Wrote a Tweet: What Big Numbers Can Do To You

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...

Here’s how to live tweet protests if you want to get...

Get retweets, get paid. Tweet differently. Everyone else is tweeting where the march is, where it's going, how many people there are... Zzzz. Why do you...

6 sites that show why data is beta

New to data journalism and keen to learn but unsure about the kind of stories you could uncover with numbers? Well worry not because the Interhacktives...

Interview with Kerry Alexandra, BBC UGC producer

Kerry Alexandra is a User Generated Content (UGC) Producer at the BBC. She told Interhacktives about how UGC is the new frontline of news, and...

Two hours of Interhacktivity: #hackshangout

Our tutorial on data journalism will start at 6pm today (Monday 24th March) – click here for the link.   To see last week's tutorial on social media...

Interview with Nicolas Belmonte, Data Scientist at Twitter

Nicolas Belmonte tells Interhacktives what being a Data Scientist at Twitter involves, and what advice he would give to aspiring data journalists. When Barack Obama...

Your website should be a hub

Make your website a hub of activity and not just a blog.

Technology isn’t a guarantee of journalistic success

Technology puts you in contact with people, but it doesn't give you their attention. A reporter can have all the smartphones, iPads and software on the planet....

Can a Facebook ‘like’ Make You a Criminal?

The Supreme Court of the Philippines has been debating whether ‘liking’ a defamatory comment on Facebook makes you guilty of libel. To date, no one...

Twitter’s real face

Looking like the sort of fake futuristic technology you'd see in an episode of 24, Tweetping, a stunning new visualisation from French designer Franck Ernewein, highlights the exact location of every tweet on the planet with a bright blue pixel. In real time.

Social media tools to use (more) in 2013

Being a student puts you in touch with new resources, but it also makes you wonder how people in real newsrooms are actually using...