Archive for October, 2012
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.
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.
Please do feel free to add any others by editing the spreadsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AkidpwJVgP8cdDN4WkQ2OWUxdUIxcVg5Y2VZTXduQnc.
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.
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 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.