Two experiments by news organisations with Twitter hashtags during today’s UK budget have raised an issue around ‘branding’ and how appropriate it is to social media.
The BBC, it seems, is encouraging users to adopt the #BBCBudget hashtag to flag their tweets as part of the ‘national conversation’. Channel 4’s Faisal Islam,
above, feels it’s a waste of 3 characters.
But Channel 4 itself is trying something not too dissimilar: #C4cuts
aims to crowdsource details of UK spending cuts. Ed Fraser, online editor for Channel 4 News, is quoted by Journalism.co.uk as saying the channel wants to “harness the power of social media and the wisdom of the crowd”. Continue reading →
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and Richard Pope have been building a very useful site tracking recent budget cuts, building up to this week’s spending review. Jordan Hatch
Where Are The Cuts? uses the code behind the open source Ushahidi platform ( covered previously on OJB by Claire Wardle) to present a map of the UK representing where cuts are being felt. Users can submit their own reports of cuts, or add details to others via a comments box.
It’s early days in the project – currently many of the cuts are to national organisations with local-level impacts yet to be dug out.
Closely involved is the public expenditure-tracking site
Where Does My Money Go? which has compiled a lot of relevant data.
Meanwhile, in Birmingham a couple of my
MA Online Journalism students have set up a hyperlocal blog for the 50,000 public sector workers in the region, primarily to report those budget cuts and how they are affecting people. Andy Watt, who – along with Hedy Korbee – is behind the site, has blogged about the preparation for the site’s launch here. It’s a good example of how journalists can react to a major issue with a niche blog. Andy and Hedy will be working with the local newspapers to combine expertise.
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data journalism and tagged crowdsourcing, cuts, data, data journalism, jordan hatch, mapping, richard pope, spending review, ushahidi, where are the cuts on October 18, 2010 by . Paul Bradshaw