Monthly Archives: March 2016

How to survive a hackday

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

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Podcasting and money in the UK

In a guest post for OJB first published on his blog, broadcaster Joe Norman explores the UK market for podcasting.

Over the past few weeks I’ve found myself questioning whether — in the UK in particular — it is possible to make money from podcasting.

The bigger productions seem to be an add-on to radio programmes, heavily reliant on content produced — presumably — using on-air budgets.

Many of the others appear, on the face of it, to be labours of love with some sponsorship that may cover cost. Continue reading

New video interview app Qanda wants your questions AND your answers

Qanda Question GIF

GIF from Qanda

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

Forget adblockers – one local newspaper site has inspired a ‘content blocker’

Evening Mail News Blocker Chrome Web Store

The Evening Mail News Blocker is available in the Chrome Web Store

What we need in the adblocking debate is a fresh perspective. Cue Birmingham website Paradise Circus, which has today released a browser extension to get rid of all that pesky journalism slowing down your daily advertising consumption: Continue reading

23 Dos and 5 Don’ts for podcasters

Gurpreet Mann took to the podcasting communities Podcasting Technology Resources and Podcasters to ask podcasters for their dos and don’ts. She ended up with a long list

5 Don’ts…

“Don’t apologise for not doing the show “on time”.

Allison Sheridan of the The NosillaCast says “Do it on time or shut up about it.” and don’t apologise for sounding like you have a cold. “If you have a cold, your audience will figure that out.” Continue reading

Beyond Spotlight: 6 more data journalism projects that influenced policy

spotlight data journalism

Brian d’Arcy James plays data journalist Matt Carroll in the movie Spotlight

Spotlight won an Oscar for its portrayal of the Boston Globe’s investigation into institutional silence over child abuse, including some old school data journalism by Matt Carroll. But it’s far from the only example of data journalism shaping policy: Anna Noble asked members of the NICAR-L computer assisted reporting forum for five of their own examples (first published here).
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