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
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
Here are another set of questions from a student as part of the FAQ section – the last one is a goodie.
Question 1: Do you think data journalism can reduce the cost of investigative journalism?
Yes. It reduces the cost of collecting information, certainly: scrapers for example can automate the collection and combination of hundreds of documents; other tools can automate cleaning, combining, comparing or checking information. But it also offers opportunities in reducing the cost of distribution (for example automation and personalisation), collaboration, and even visual treatments. Continue reading
Here’s another collection of questions answered in public as part of the FAQ section – this time concerning citizen journalism:
What effect do you think citizen journalism will have on the future for professional journalists? Continue reading
There’s an interview with me in both Spanish and English at Mas Investigacion covering a number of questions about data journalism, Help Me Investigate, MOOCs, and teaching.
Although the introduction is in Spanish, scroll down and click on ‘Read the interview in English’ if you want that version.
Another series of questions and answers from a student:
1) Do you think the hypothesis “If you don’t have a blog, you won’t get a job” (in journalism) is correct?