When done well hackdays can provide a perfect mix of technical experimentation and editorial nous. I regularly organise them with news organisations as part of my MA in Online Journalism; and The Times’s Build The News hackday has become an annual fixture.
So I thought I’d pull together some of the tips I gave to my students before they attended this year’s hackday, plus a few that they have learned themselves. Continue reading →
A couple weeks ago Tony Hirst published a rather wonderful post about what he calls ‘tech anatomy’: in other words the workings “of the computing related stuff that populates our daily lives”. These include:
The Anatomy of a URL
The Anatomy of a Web Page
The Anatomy of a Tweet
The Anatomy of an Email Message
The Anatomy of a Powerpoint File
The Anatomy of an Image File
In admirably succinct fashion, and with illustrations, he picks apart those six things. It’s a masterclass in the sort of system knowledge that every journalism student should have, because this knowledge is crucial to newsgathering and verification. Continue reading →
Qanda is a new app which invites you to ask your friends, idols, politicians, or anyone else, questions and, crucially – using selfie video – provides the opportunity for you and your subjects to share the answers. Anna Noble speaks to creator Martin Verpaalen about the potential of the app (currently only available on iOS) for journalists.
“If you could ask anyone, anything, what would it be?”
The openness of social networks like Twitter or the ability to find an expert on LinkedIn, might make you think that this is territory already covered. But how much do we really openly share our own ideas? Continue reading →