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Daily links 10/30/2012

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October 30th, 2012 at 9:30 am

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Daily links 10/26/2012

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October 26th, 2012 at 9:30 am

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Daily links 10/24/2012

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October 24th, 2012 at 9:30 am

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Computer assisted reporting via n0tice.com

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Computer assisted reporting…..now there’s a phrase I haven’t written or uttered for quite a while. Where data journalism seems to have taken off, poor old CAR just never did catch the popular imagination as a term…..

Whatever you call it, the gradual opening up of data in computer readable formats brings with it more opportunities for journalists and I’ve been fiddling around with feeds to see how some of the new features launched with n0tice 2.0 works.

I’ve shared my efforts – and a step-by-step guide to curating feeds with these tools over at the n0tice blog today – see here.

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October 23rd, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Daily links 10/23/2012

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      • Here are some interesting highlights from the data:

         

        • Of the 22% of U.S. adults who own a tablet, 64% of them get news on their tablet
        • Of the 44% of U.S. adults who own a smartphone, 62% of them get their news on that device
        • In 2012, the breakdown of tablet by brand was: 52% Apple iPad, 48% Android (21% of the Android devices were Kindle Fire)
        • In 2012, 68% of tablet owners used their tablet daily (for 1 hour, 49 minutes on average)
        • 31% of news users said they spend more time with news since getting a tablet device
        • On tablets, 69% of users end up reading full articles when checking headlines
        • 33% of digital subscribers added a new subscription with digital access since getting a tablet

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October 23rd, 2012 at 9:30 am

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Daily links 10/22/2012

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October 22nd, 2012 at 9:30 am

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Daily links 10/19/2012

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October 19th, 2012 at 9:30 am

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Making a hyperlocal part two: Which platform?

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Having already made some decisions on the type of local site you’re setting up, the first major decision to take is which platform to use. The right platform for you will depend on the activity you intend and considerations such as whether advertising is part of the mix and who will be involved in the creation/management of the content.

For the hyperlocal site that I’m getting started (www.richmond.n0tice.com), the decision was in effect made for me – I’m using n0tice.com because it’s a platform that I’m also working on to develop for independent publishers and so using it for this can help inform that process.

The most commonly used platform for this type of publishing would probably be WordPress.com – for sites which don’t require advertising options – and the self-hosted version WordPress.org for those that do.

But there are plenty of other options depending on your needs. I’ve started this spreadsheet of some of those I’ve come across with details of their particular properties.

Blog platform comparison

Please do feel free to add any others by editing the spreadsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AkidpwJVgP8cdDN4WkQ2OWUxdUIxcVg5Y2VZTXduQnc.

 

 

 

 

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October 14th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Data journalism demonstration for Turkey’s imprisoned journalists

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Data journalism isn’t a much-used term in Turkey where I’m currently coaching on a weekend for news entrepreneurs as part of the #MADETurkey project.

The country is advanced in its Internet use – it’s the fourth biggest worldwide user of Facebook for instance – but journalism is still very much in a transition process to digital and the opportunities scrutinising data offers to journalists just beginning.

After giving a short introduction to data journalism session yesterday, including three very different examples of projects in other parts of the world – wikileaks, HomicideWatch and ArtCast – it was time to demonstrate something practicle and this is the proof of concept that Megan Knight from Uclan put together.

See the mapping here.

Using a few of the figures from the Committee to Protect Journalists’ The map was created in a very short space of time to illustrate that points that 1. The tools to create something like this area freely available and 2. The skills required are ones all journalists have ie. gathering and processing information, albeit using slightly different tools.

The demo map was created using publicly available data and n0tice.com in a process which is described step-by-step here.

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October 7th, 2012 at 9:45 am

Turkish news entrepreneurs at the #MADETurkey start-up weekend

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The risks journalists take working in Turkey can’t be underestimated. Just last week, the International Press Institute described the country as having “ ever-growing climate of fear and an alarming deterioration in media freedom“.

The last reported figures show that 76 journalists are believed to be in prison in the country.

Against this backdrop a group of independent news entrepreneurs will be getting together to work through startup ideas this weekend.

The MADETurkey initiative is from University of Central Lancashire backed by Google IPI and funds coaching in every aspect of running a news enterprise.

In addition to participating in a workshop about community and social media, I’m also running a session to introduce aspects of data journalism to the group.

This afternoon’s sessions include lessons from Turkish case studies before delegates get stuck into the business planning aspects with Stuart L Morris, Henley Business School from Henley Business School and Gillian Morris, e-commerce entrepreneur and independent consultant.

I’ll be keeping tabs on the whole event at the dedicated Noticeboard www.made.n0tice.com and tonight’s proceedings start here at 5.30pm in Turkey (3.30pm UK)

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October 5th, 2012 at 1:49 pm