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Grounding journalism education

This is a version of a Keynote speech I gave at the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia conference #JERAA17 in December 2017...

Two fundamentals that define good data journalism

Defining data journalism is a hostage to fortune but as I start teaching a data journalism module I’ve boiled it down to two things visible methodology and data....

Is Data Journalism any more open?

What does the shortlist of the open data category of the Data journalism awards tell us about data journalism’s approach to open data....

Local votes for hyperlocal #DDJ

There’s a good deal of interest in my feeds in a BBC report showing how local voting figures shed new light on EU referendum....

Why open data needs to be "Citizen literate"

A “data literate” citizen isn’t someone who knows how to handle a spreadsheet — it’s someone who inherently understands the value of data in decision making....

The BBC, Local democracy, hyperlocal and journalism.

I spent the afternoon in Birmingham at the BBC finding out more about their Local Democracy Reporters scheme.  It’s a project I’ve been keeping...

Making Instagram video with Powerpoint

Audio slideshows are something I’ve included in my practical teaching for a little while. The combination of images and well recorded audio is, for me, a compelling form of content and it can be an easy video win for non-broadcast shops....

Mapping Drone near misses in Google Earth*

My colleague Andrew Heaton from the Civic Drone Centre set me off on a little adventure with mapping tools when he showed me a spreadsheet of...

Don’t postmortem journalism. It’s not dead. Fix it.

In the aftermath of the Trump win many in the media are looking inward to understand what went wrong. But is it too soon to write...

Why social media isn't blogging.

I’m teaching first year journalism students at the moment and talking to them about a professional online presence. A phrase that I’ve been using...

Mapping street level crime in an area

A little while ago I was playing around with the API at data.police.uk looking at a way to pull the data into a google...

How open is open data journalism?

Simon Rogers published a post last week that asked “What does data journalism look like in 2016?”. For Rogers, the winners of the data journalism awards“...

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