Monthly Archives: February 2014

FAQ: Hyperlocal sustainability

The latest in the series of Frequently Asked Questions comes from a UK student, who has questions about hyperlocal blogging.

In the long term, how sustainable is a hyperlocal site economically?

It depends on the business model, the wider market, and the individuals involved in the business. Continue reading

Training: scraping in the Netherlands

Scraping for Journalists ebookI’m delivering a course in scraping in Utrecht in the Netherlands on April 2. The booking page with more details about location etc is here – a broad breakdown below:

  • Scraping for journalism: ideas and examples
  • Scraping basics: finding structure in HTML and URLs; what’s possible with programming
  • Simple scraping jobs: how to write a basic scraper in 5 minutes
  • Scraping tools: Outwit Hub and Import.io
  • How to scrape dozens of public webpages
  • Scraping databases with empty searches
  • How to understand scrapers on Scraperwiki: Scraping PDFs, lists of URLs, and databases with specific searches

FAQ: What does blogging add to journalism?

Its been a while since I posted a post answering Frequently Asked Questions. This one comes from a student in Holland, whose thesis revolves around the idea that ‘Blogging adds little to journalism

What’s the difference between blogging and traditional journalism?

I’ve answered this and similar questions in a previous FAQ on journalism vs blogging.

What are the pros and cons of blogging compared to other forms of journalism?

That post and other older FAQs probably give some further answers, but a short answer is: blogging provides an extra space to invite people into your journalism and provide opportunities for them to contribute additional information, suggested avenues of inquiry, etc.

It helps build the relationship between journalist and source in a way that standard formats don’t always provide. Continue reading