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RT : Hey community, I have a journo friend in need of a bit of help looking at using live data…
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8 hours ago
Twitter
perhaps all aspiring sports journalists should have to do this in week 1!
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17 hours ago
#tidytuesday
Join the R4DS online learning community in the weekly #TidyTuesday event! Every week we post a raw dataset, a chart or article related to that dataset, and ask you to explore the data. While the dataset will be “tamed”, it will not always be tidy! As such you might need to apply various R for Data Science techniques to wrangle the data into a true tidy format. The goal of TidyTuesday is to apply your R skills, get feedback, explore other’s work, and connect with the greater #RStats community! As such we encourage everyone of all skills to participate!
r  community  dj  s 
21 hours ago
Managers in football matter much less than most fans think - Football
comparing actual results with these projections, we could see which clubs did better than their players’ ratings implied. Teams do over-perform for reasons other than their managers. But if coaching matters, the best bosses should continue to exceed expectations when they switch clubs.
dj  sport  football  managers  economist 
21 hours ago
Twitter
RT : We held a hackday with and to explore the £300bn the UK government spends a year on b…
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21 hours ago
This Is What It's Like To Lose Your Local Leisure Centre | HuffPost UK
In our HuffPost UK series, What It’s Like To Lose, we are exploring how these changes at a local level link up to paint a national portrait – from the closures of community libraries, or the centralisation of medical services, to the disappearance of affordable leisure facilities and post offices. As local authorities find themselves picking off the “low-hanging fruit”, we are examining what it means to the people who are now losing out.
longformeg  aasmaday  huffpo 
yesterday
House of Commons Divisions - data.parliament.uk
The House of Commons register their votes on specific motions within debates or in committee by dividing. The results of the vote are referred to as divisions and are recorded in the Official Report (Hansard). In the House of Commons the Speaker calls for a vote by announcing 'Clear the Lobbies'. Division bells ring throughout the building and the police direct anyone who is not a Member to leave the vicinity of the lobbies. They also walk through the public rooms of the House shouting "division". MPs have eight minutes to get to the division lobby before the doors are closed. The division list records how the Members have voted in the Aye and No Lobbies. Tellers count the votes of the division so that they can be printed in Hansard and they are generally available the following day. Party affiliations are not recorded in the division lists.
data  politics  parliament  voting 
yesterday
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Here are 12 principles journalists should follow to make sure they’re protecting their sources » Nieman Journalism…
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3 days ago
Here are 12 principles journalists should follow to make sure they’re protecting their sources » Nieman Journalism Lab
There are 12 “Perugia Principles” in all — compressed from a preliminary list of 20 last year. I’ve listed them below, along with a brief excerpt from the appropriate section of the report — but there’s much more to be found in the actual document.
sources  security  t 
3 days ago
Take these email templates and go build a beautiful (monetized, useful, tested, efficient) newsletter » Nieman Journalism Lab
develop NewsletterGuide.org, a collection of questions to ask before building (or rebuilding) a newsletter, including these from Tim Grieve:

Who’s your audience?
How will you serve that audience?
Why do we care about that audience?
No, really, what’s the payoff?
Who will write the newsletter?
Who will do the design/development/production work required, and how will we pay for it?
How will you promote and market the newsletter?
How will you track your progress?
Email 
3 days ago
Twitter
RT : This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to get into journalism, thanks to a partnership with
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3 days ago
Presentation Zen: The Key to story structure in two words: Therefore & But
"Each individual scene has to work as a funny sketch. You don’t want to have one scene and go ‘well, what was the point of that scene?’ So we found out this rule that maybe you guys have all heard before, but it took us a long time to learn it. But we can take these beats, which are basically the beats of your outline. And if the words ‘and then’ belong between those beats… you’re f****d. Basically. You got something pretty boring. What should happen between every beat that you’ve written down is either the word 'Therefore' or 'but,' right? So what I’m saying is that you come up with an idea and it’s like ‘okay, this happens’ and then ‘THIS happens.’ No no no. It should be ‘this happens’ and THEREFORE ‘this happens.’ BUT ‘this happens’ THEREFORE ‘this happens.’ … And sometimes we will literally write it out to make sure we’re doing it. We’ll have our beats and we’ll say okay ‘this happens’ but ‘then this happens’ and that affects this and that does to that and that’s why you get a show that feels okay." 
narrative  therefore  but  southpark 
3 days ago
Fake News, Real Money: Ad Tech Platforms, Profit-Driven Hoaxes, and the Business of Journalism: Digital Journalism: Vol 0, No 0
Following the viral spread of hoax political news in the lead-up to the 2016 US presidential election, it's been reported that at least some of the individuals publishing these stories made substantial sums of money—tens of thousands of US dollars—from their efforts. Whether or not such hoax stories are ultimately revealed to have had a persuasive impact on the electorate, they raise important normative questions about the underlying media infrastructures and industries—ad tech firms, programmatic advertising exchanges, etc.—that apparently created a lucrative incentive structure for "fake news" publishers. Legitimate ad-supported news organizations rely on the same infrastructure and industries for their livelihood. Thus, as traditional advertising subsidies for news have begun to collapse in the era of online advertising, it's important to understand how attempts to deal with for-profit hoaxes might simultaneously impact legitimate news organizations. Through 20 interviews with stakeholders in online advertising, this study looks at how the programmatic advertising industry understands “fake news,” how it conceptualizes and grapples with the use of its tools by hoax publishers to generate revenue, and how its approach to the issue may ultimately contribute to reshaping the financial underpinnings of the digital journalism industry that depends on the same economic infrastructure.
fakenews  Research  bm 
4 days ago
The police force which wanted to keep the location of busted cannabis farms secret
At this point West Midlands Police said they’d misinterpreted my original request as asking for the exact address (ie road name and street number- which we’d never print anyway — and which I didn’t ask for!). They sent me the date I’d originally asked for (more or less).
foi  benhurst  westmidlands  Birmingham  police 
4 days ago
Twitter
RT : I am currently working on a project / web series that is looking at knife crime in Birmingham / West Midlands.

I a…
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4 days ago
The New York Times politics editor is building trust by tweeting context around political stories » Nieman Journalism Lab
Healy is doing a thread for any major political story he thinks would benefit from context and clarity about intent, “and also when I think I can provide some behind-the-scenes insight or illumination that readers might like.” He ends each one with his direct email address, asking readers to write to him with comments and feedback. The thread that’s gotten the most engagement so far was the one about racist Iowa congressman Steve King’s influence over Trump; in it, Healy explained why the Times was giving a racist a platform.
Twitter  Transparency  nytimes  context 
4 days ago
Data and Graphics Reporter - Career Portals
Ideal candidates will understand how to acquire, refine and analyze data and use it to break news and tell compelling stories visually. We’re looking for someone with data skills who can clearly break down complex issues and processes and has demonstrated they can create eye-catching and informative illustrations, graphics and other visuals that beg to be shared and invite the viewer to dive deeper.
dj  ojjobs  t 
4 days ago
Facebook is putting $300 million toward stabilizing local news – Poynter
Here’s a breakdown of who is getting what in this latest news and how it will be used:

Pulitzer Center: This $5 million grant will create a fund that gives grants to local newsrooms for coverage that impacts their communities.  According to the press release, “Bringing Stories Home” will result in 12 reporting projects annually.
Report for America: $2 million toward this program’s goal of getting 1,000 local journalists into local newsrooms through year-long assignments.
Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund: $1 million toward a tech hub aimed at helping newsrooms better develop products, report news and find sustainable business models. (Disclosure: Knight and Lenfest are both Poynter funders, and Knight helps fund my coverage of local news.)
LMA & LMC: The Local Media Association and the Local Media Consortium will share $1 million to work with member newsrooms on branded content.
American Journalism Project: This new project aimed at helping local newsrooms through venture philanthropy will get $1 million.
Facebook will put $20 million into expanding the Accelerator pilot for membership and subscriptions.
Community News Project: Announced late last year, $6 million will go toward this project, which works with regional publishers in the United Kingdom to train “community journalists.”
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5 days ago
Twitter
RT : We are ready to go again this morning with our next round of secondments. Delighted to be welcoming
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RT : Join & as they discuss how YOU can exercise your rights on 4th Feb from 6:30…
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6 days ago
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Unbelievable, Jeff!

Seriously, 10 years of late night writing, upsetting councillors, and having no idea why I'm d…
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6 days ago
Small and medium-sized digital news organizations invited to join WordPress Newspack project
We’re inviting small and medium-sized digital news organizations — whether local, single topic, or general interest — to apply to become charter participants in the development of the platform, which will launch in beta form near the end of July 2019.
WordPress  cms  t 
6 days ago
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RT : Thanks for this article - it was, in part, the inspiration for this visual…
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6 days ago
MSPs to review Scotland’s Freedom of Information laws | Holyrood Magazine
minister for parliamentary business Graeme Dey said that only five individuals were responsible for 20 per cent of all FOI requests last year.
FOI  Scotland  t 
7 days ago
Twitter
RT : Remarkably, we don't know who owns 15% of the country.

I think this should be better understood, so I've made the…
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10 days ago
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It looks like it may be a sort of liveblog, in which case it's typical. But it's not very cl…
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10 days ago
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Lovely to celebrate with & - so proud of the first class to graduate fr…
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10 days ago
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RT : Top 10 : 's charts show the problems facing Great Britain’s train network, including the causes of d…
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10 days ago
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And here’s to and their rather impressive MA newsteam next week.
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RT : HOLIDAYS! Where have brummies choosen to jet off to on ? Tweet me if you're from and…
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11 days ago
Twitter
RT : Next week will be providing hourly news bulletins for a brand new pop-up online dan…
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11 days ago
Twitter
RT : Doing a story on issues with potholes in the City of Birmingham this morning. Any information or answers how to sol…
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11 days ago
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RT : Looking to get rid of that old couch or knackered fridge? It could cost you a lot - depending on where in Scotland…
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11 days ago
Publishers are mostly recycling YouTube videos for IGTV - Digiday
Sports publisher Whistle has been sharing its YouTube series “No Days Off” on IGTV, which mostly just required cropping the already-produced videos to be vertical. The publisher said it has been impressed by a growing audience on its IGTV videos. One IGTV video about a 10-year-old basketball player garnered 2.18 million views. That same video has 2.2 million views on YouTube. Though, that’s not true for each one. One video about a rock climber has 19,000 views on IGTV compared to 676,000 views on YouTube. Other videos on its IGTV channel have crossed the million mark, according to Joe Caporoso, vp of social media at Whistle.
shovelware  onlineVideo  igtv  Instagram 
11 days ago
News: Stacey Dooley joins Grazia Magazine: InPublishing
Grazia editor, Hattie Brett, said: “I’m thrilled Stacey is joining team Grazia. Her unquestionable nose for a story, coupled with her warm no-nonsense reporting style will highlight important issues to our readers in a unique way.”
grazia  Magazines  staceydooley  ij 
12 days ago
Twitter
RT : Very good thread. Possibly one for discussion (if not already) ?
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12 days ago
Beacon Press: Memes to Movements
Memes are the street art of the social web. Using social media–driven movements as her guide, technologist and digital media scholar An Xiao Mina unpacks the mechanics of memes and how they operate to reinforce, amplify, and shape today’s politics. She finds that the “silly” stuff of meme culture—the photo remixes, the selfies, the YouTube songs, and the pun-tastic hashtags—are fundamentally intertwined with how we find and affirm one another, direct attention to human rights and social justice issues, build narratives, and make culture. Mina finds parallels, for example, between a photo of Black Lives Matter protestors in Ferguson, Missouri, raising their hands in a gesture of resistance and one from eight thousand miles away, in Hong Kong, of Umbrella Movement activists raising yellow umbrellas as they fight for voting rights. She shows how a viral video of then presidential nominee Donald Trump laid the groundwork for pink pussyhats, a meme come to life as the widely recognized symbol for the international Women’s March.
memes  book  Research 
12 days ago
Memes counter disinformation, spread awareness of pollution in Beijing - Columbia Journalism Review
At the same time, another meme emerged on the Chinese internet. People simply began posting photos of the air around them. Some people posted from high-rises, others from down on the ground looking up into the sun. Others posted pictures of themselves wearing masks, and others the walls of their buildings, which showed clear signs of pollution. This collective action helped establish clear patterns of pollution across the country and within different cities, making clear that air pollution wasn’t an isolated incident on a given day, nor that only one person questioned the idea that the haziness was fog.
memes  pollution  china  censorship  t 
12 days ago
Quartz AI Studio launches an open-source platform to help journalists use machine learning | Media news
“But for the machine learning we think can help support reporters, the applications are far more specific. More like: ‘Computer, here are 100 examples of the pattern I’m looking for. Please find more of those this in this pile of 1 million records.’”

The good news is that machine-learning tools available via the platform can help journalists analyse data even if they have no coding or maths skills.
ml  ai  quartz  os 
12 days ago
University of Birmingham receives WhatsApp grant to find out how to reduce the spread of misinformation during elections | Media news
The research project, which is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham and the Centre for Democracy and Development in Nigeria, will focus in particular on governor races in the states of Oyo and Kano, while also looking more broadly at how WhatsApp has been used in the presidential election.

Through in-depth interviews with key stakeholders, the team will specifically look at how WhatsApp is used by political candidates, their teams and supporters to tailor political messages to local and electoral contexts, and with what impact.
whatsapp  Research  nigeria  elections  uob 
12 days ago
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It literally is a book for hands.
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13 days ago
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Thank you to for writing a book that is a) brilliant and b) a brilliant mouse mat
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13 days ago
Behind the collapse: The real cost of Bitcoin's fall from grace
Analysing data from Companies House and OpenCorporates, Sky News has found that at least 340 companies related to cryptocurrencies or blockchain were dissolved or liquidated this year, compared to 139 in the previous year.

More than 200 of those companies were incorporated with Companies House during 2017, when the value of Bitcoin surged 1,500% through to its peak in December.
companieshouse  apis  carmen  sky  dj  bitcoin  tech  scrapingeg 
13 days ago
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My former MA Data Journalism student has written about how she used coding and APIs for this story…
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13 days ago
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Really liking how put this Snapchat story together for the MA in Multiplatform and Mobile Journali…
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13 days ago
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