CNN to Launch Citizen Journalism Portal iReport CNN has been experimenting with citizen journalism since summer of last year to a generally positive response from the viewing public. As it turns out, they are continuing that experiment, and inflating it into its own news hub over at iReport.com. The site currently pops up a very non-descript "under construction" message, but MediaWeek got a sneak peek at what the site is going to end up looking like, and they describe it as a very YouTubish video-centric destination where "wannabe Anderson Coopers can upload videos, photos and audio files."
Data journalism at the Guardian: what is it and how do we do it? Data journalism. What is it and how is it changing? Photograph: Alamy Here's an interesting thing: data journalism is becoming part of the establishment. Not in an Oxbridge elite kind of way (although here's some data on that) but in the way it is becoming the industry standard.
Tipped over: social influence "tipping point" theory debunked Clive Thompson has been getting some well-deserved attention for his recent Fast Company piece, in which Columbia University sociologist Duncan Watts explodes the hierarchical theory of social influence and trend propagation popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in the bestselling book The Tipping Point. Gladwell's model, which has itself become something of a cultural epidemic, posits that a few hyperconnected "influentials" are the key to the runaway viral spread of fads, fashions, ideas, and behaviors. These pivotal individuals, according to Gladwell, determine which trends will wither on the vine and which will "tip," becoming mass phenomena. But Watts, a pioneer in the mathematical modeling of social networks, has tested the "tipping point" hypothesis, both empirically and in computer simulations. As it turns out, according to Watts, it's just not true.
Huffington Post UK launches on July 6th, twelve countries by end of 2011 - TNW UK We’ve known for a while that The Huffington Post was coming to the UK, and we reported on its recruitment back in April. But founder Arianna Huffington today confirmed that the UK launch date will be 6th July, as reported in The Drum, and will kick-start the publication’s plans to have a presence in twelve countries by the end of 2011. Speaking in Cannes earlier this morning, Huffington said the UK site would have the same format as the US version. “It is going to take the template of the Huffington Post which is a combination of curation, regional reporting, blogging and commentary. That is the platform we are going to take internationally.” AOL acquired The Huffington Post back in February for $315m, and it launched a Canadian edition back in May, and the UK is the next port of call in the publication’s global expansion.
The inverted pyramid of data journalism I’ve been working for some time on picking apart the many processes which make up what we call data journalism. Indeed, if you read the chapter on data journalism (blogged draft) in my Online Journalism Handbook, or seen me speak on the subject, you’ll have seen my previous diagram that tries to explain those processes. I’ve now revised that considerably, and what I’ve come up with bears some explanation. I’ve cheekily called it the inverted pyramid of data journalism, partly because it begins with a large amount of information which becomes increasingly focused as you drill down into it until you reach the point of communicating the results. What’s more, I’ve also sketched out a second diagram that breaks down how data journalism stories are communicated – an area which I think has so far not been very widely explored.
Data Visualization and Infographics Examples and Resources Things wordy, geeky, and webby Since taking a class that discussed Edward Tufte‘s work, I’ve been fascinated by turning information into visual data. His site contains many examples that you could easily spend hours on the site. Future of media: Community is your new business model As media companies try desperately to solve their revenue problems by launching paywalls and subscription iPad apps, too few are looking at how connecting with their community (or communities) can help. That’s the view of Public Radio International’s vice-president of interactive, Michael Skoler, in a piece written for Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism. And I think he is right: engaging a community can be one of the most powerful tools that companies have in an era of real-time, distributed and hyper-social media. As an example of what this kind of engagement can produce, Skoler describes the incredible response that PRI had when it took radio host Ira Glass on the road several years ago, with a live version of his popular show “This American Life.” But would anyone come to see what amounted to a radio show in person? Apparently yes — huge numbers of them.
When Data Tell Stories Last April, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) revealed one of the greatest data leaks obtained and analysed to date by any media outlet. “Offshore Leaks” is a vast multimedia report that exposes the networks of businesses, politicians, fundraisers and celebrities from all over the world that use companies and trusts in offshore tax havens. Through the use of maps, videos and infographics, readers are able to understand the web of connections and their millionaire money transactions over the course of the years. However, to be able to present this macro-project that exposes the tax havens, the ICIJ had 86 journalists from 46 countries working for a year and a half, managing a total of 260 gigabytes of data. Network of contacts in the world of offshore tax havens.
Screen Australia and StoryLabs announce multi-platform storytelling one-day seminar Share Monday 31 October 2011 Screen Australia and StoryLabs will present world-class digital storytelling talent in a one-day public seminar at the State Library in Melbourne on Tuesday 29 November. WAN IFRA International Newsroom Summit: How The Crowd Saved Our Company « Digital First Good morning. As career journalists and managers we have entered a new era where what we know and what we traditionally do has finally found its value in the marketplace and that value is about zero. Our traditional journalism models and our journalistic efforts are inefficient and up against the Crowd – armed with mobile devices and internet connections- incomplete.
Social Thievery: Will Your Tweets Get You Robbed? [INFOGRAPHIC] Social networks are an information gateway that allow people to share and connect in ways that were never previously possible. They can also be a pretty clever way to rob your neighbors. Burglars are starting to realize the criminal possibilities of social media. For example, Foursquare or Facebook can show when somebody is away from their home or traveling for the weekend. Content, context and code: verifying information online When the telephone first entered the newsroom journalists were sceptical. “How can we be sure that the person at the other end is who they say they are?” The question seems odd now, because we have become so used to phone technology that we barely think of it as technology at all – and there are a range of techniques we use, almost unconsciously, to verify what the person on the other end of the phone is saying, from their tone of voice, to the number they are ringing from, and the information they are providing.
Hiring a Designer: Hunting the Unicorn Finding the perfect designer to join your team is tough — there’s no way around it. I’ve struggled for months searching for the right designer. And if you’re an engineer or MBA without a background in design, hiring a designer can be daunting, frustrating, or even downright scary. So one of the topics we’re planning to cover on Design Staff is how to hire great designers.