Sarah Hartley

Journo stuff I’ve collected on 05/15/2014

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May 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Journo stuff I’ve collected on 05/14/2014

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May 14th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Journo stuff I’ve collected on 04/23/2014


  • “I have asked a “PR colleague” to blog a response to this sharing his experiences of journalists and our many failings. I won’t only be sharing PR horror stories – I am lucky to deal with a handful of very capable PR folks, and will share some of their secrets. I asked for input from both journos and PR people, and those who’ve done both jobs, using the hashtags #prstories and #journostories and am very grateful to my colleagues across the spectrum for their suggestions.

    Despite the disclaimer, I want to place it on record that PR people contribute at least five points daily on my stress-o-meter out of 10 every day. Many are sloppy, inept, disorganised, pushy in all the wrong ways and vastly unprofessional.

    So here you are: some ideas for PRs who want to do their jobs well, from a news editor and with input from other journalists

    tags: prs journalism marketing

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April 23rd, 2014 at 4:31 pm

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Safety in hostile environments #ipiwoco

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Session by Hannah Storm. Updating notes here.

Director if International News Safety Institute. Former foreign corr.

Focus entire priority on journalism safety for clients such as AlJazeera and Guardian.

Provide advice for journalists on the ground, training and research.

Seen an increase in attacks on journalists in recent months.

Before you go:
Who is responsible?
Always a have a plan.

Be as self-sufficient as possible.

- location
- language
- culture
- customs
- contacts eg. Networks and unions

Grab bag
A lot of kit!

‘You sleep next to it, you take it as hand luggage’

Crisis Management
- all newsrooms should have a plan in place
- worst-case scenario
- different teams to report and manage crisis
- contact details of org that can help.

Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

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April 14th, 2014 at 7:44 am

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News you can use #ipiwoco

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Updating notes from presentation by Justin Arenstein.

Apps for Africa looks to build projects which have tangible outputs. Support a range of projects everything from journalism drones to data visualisation, fact-checking sites, reporting apps and map-based story telling.

90 projects live and available for newsrooms to use.

GotToVote project, which cost just a few hundred pounds to build, credited with increased voting levels.

In Kenya a ‘dodgy doctor’ checker which checks against a spreadsheet of qualifications and any cases against them. Very simple tools driven off a spreadsheet. Every time the paper runs a story about a dodgy doc, they embed the tool for people to be able to check their own doctors.

“Databases like this are evergreen. They have an impact by amplifying news.”

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April 14th, 2014 at 6:48 am

Making parliamentary data come alive #ipiwoco

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These are updating notes from the breakfast session on data.

People’s Assembly recently launched in South Africa – bit similar to in the UK.
Track proceedings, bills and committees. Lots of information to engage citizens in democratic process.

In Kenya – Mzalendo turned data on attendance of MPs into a front page story.

Lungisa platform is for reporting issues in locations via mobile eg. Broken stuff. Now looking to use the platform for people in communities to tackle water and sanitation issues.

Citizen Journalism projects going on in townships to highlight issues such as rubbish introducing rats.

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April 14th, 2014 at 6:19 am

Using social media for investigations #ipiwoco

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The final session of the afternoon is about using social media for investigative journalism.

Will update for the next hour. Class being taught by Gunter Bartsch @guebartsch.

To start investigating someone who is not a Facebook friend, being suggested that we set up a made up account and attempt to befriend. Obviously the recipient will not be responsive. However, Facebook will then reveal all friends of the target’s friends.

Massive hole in Facebook! One of many. Tell your friends to lock down their settings.

Now searching to put a link to a photo and name on Facebook. I would normally do this via TinEye but the teacher is suggesting Google image search. I guess either will do but the problem with stock libraries is much more present in Google I find.

Scenario now is to find employees or people who live near a power plant, by using Facebook.

Change your language settings to English US and then the fuller Facebook search will work.

Moving onto Twitter. First example is The Guardian’s 2010 crowdsourcing of deportation arrest.


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April 12th, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Notes from effective online search strategies #ipiwoco

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Starting this session with retrieving information more effectively.
Exercise so far is encouraging people to use the site:URL version of google search to do deeper into a site and so limit the search results.

Using the * symbol in a missing phrase for example.

Much of today’s session will not be new to UK followers eg. Domain registry, reverse IP address etc. hence lack of updates. (Most could be covered by looking at Google help pages).

However, interesting use of Wayback machine demonstrated to trace former employee of an organisation. For example, someone who was once responsible for an organisation and could therefore be a good source for extra information.

Finding experts
- Use Wikipedia to look for external links and therefore secondary sources
- limit search results to University pages
- with scientists, use Latin names
- use Google scholar

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April 12th, 2014 at 9:37 am

Notes from research strategies in complex traditional investigations at IPI World Congress #ipiwoco


Live notes from session:

Looking at any investigation, common stages open to all. Brainstorm – sources, what happens next, experts, critics, main actors, official sources.
Field research.


The class is looking at ship breaking, a topic where none of the delegates has any particular expertise, in order to explore the general strategies.

- think in terms of analogies (similar activity you are familiar with)
- think in terms of chronology ( what happens next)
- think in terms if antagonisms (who is competitor)

Test accounts possible at Lloyds of London.
Alang is the last destination on many ships (India)

Criteria used in Greenpeace for undercover work is overriding public interest and no other method of getting the information.

Keeping it simple – in this case tourists wanting to take photos and buy a momento for a club room back home.

If you go undercover, even if lying, stick to the truth so create a role which is near to reality.

1. What leads to the information needed.
2. Not threatening to the other side
3. Meets the interest of the other side.
4. As close as possible to what you really are.


Should Greenpeace have used this picture? The worker is clearly identified. He did not give permission as the Greenpeace staff were pretending to be tourists taking pictures.

The Greenpeace staff discussed but decided the risk to the worker was that of being exposed to asbestos and not an infringement of his privacy.

Outcome of this investigation was that India decided to prohibit the breaking of certain vessels to protect workers’ health.

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April 12th, 2014 at 8:26 am

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Journo stuff I’ve collected on 04/08/2014

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  • “As of today, we have left Flickr (including The Commons).  We’ve seen a steady decline in the engagement level at Flickr and it was clear it was time to leave the platform, though we still love it.”

    tags: museums engagement

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April 8th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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