Ray Fitzwalter Award - Salford Media FestivalSalford Media Festival
The award is open to early career journalists working on investigations in any medium, working and based within the UK but outside London. The winner will receive a £4,000 cash prize to be partly spent on a future investigation during 2018, alongside the opportunity to be mentored by a panel of distinguished investigative journalists.
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RT : Weird thing about these (horrible) stories is that the newspapers pay quite a lot for them, which probably actually…
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RT : We set up a Twitter bot as part of our bots and AI class today, and now we're all tweeting about the weather. So mu…
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A new hub for the data journalism community - The Den
A new hub for the data journalism community - The Den
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23 hours ago
Twitter
post graduate certificate at UK’s Birmingham City School of Media announced - designed…
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Millennials Are Screwed - The Huffington Post
In case you haven’t already seen this - masterful storytelling:
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RT : We're celebrating the tough but valuable work local reporters do to hold power to account. Here's the
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In journalism there's an obvious application in the form of chatbots, although it's a rath…
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Do-it-yourself NLP for bot developers – Rasa Blog – Medium
Firstly, if you actually want to build a business based on conversational software, it’s probably not a good policy to pass on everything your users tell you to either Facebook or Microsoft. Secondly, I just don’t believe a web API is the solution for every problem in programming. https calls are slow, and you’re always constrained by the design choices that went into the API endpoints. Libraries, on the other hand, are hackable. Thirdly, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to build something that performs better on your data & use case. Remember, the general-purpose APIs have to do well on every problem, you only have to do well on yours.
bots  nlp 
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Martín González (@martgnz) | Twitter
Visual journalist at @TheEconomist. Co-founder of @politibot.
Economist  politbot  telegram  people  dj 
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Twitter
Enjoying a last MA Data Journalism class on bots and AI at - more here
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Twitter
I think it was just a thought experiment, inspired by - the students are curi…
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Twitter
One of my students is wondering if uses NLP to write the trending hashtag summaries - what do you think?
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Twitter
...and there's a tutorial on how to use Facebook data to train a bot version of yourself here:…
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Twitter
Talking with about how to make a bot of yourself using - there's a thing for that:…
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All the best! Your announcement of the PGcert in Data Journalism made 's Top 10 Dec 4-10 li…
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ResponsiveVoice.JS
ResponsiveVoice is a HTML5-based Text-To-Speech library designed to add voice features to web sites and apps across all smartphone, tablet and desktop devices. It supports 51 languages through 168 voices, no dependencies and weighs just 14kb… Try It!
js  Library  voice 
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Twitter
speech-to-text API and text-to-speech API: and JS libra…
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Web Speech API Specification
speech-to-text API and text-to-speech API: and JS libra…
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Untitled (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings)
Weatherbot: Met Office weather alert for West Midlands:Yellow Warning of Ice for West Midlands
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Gnoosic - Discover new Music
self-adapting system that learns about the outer world by asking its visitors what they like and what they don't like. In this instance of Gnod all is about music. Gnod is kind of a search engine for music you don't know about. It will ask you what music you like and then think about what you might like too. When I set Gnod online its database was completely empty. Now it contains thousands of bands and quite some knowledge about who likes what. And Gnod learns more every day. Enjoy :o)
music  ai  data 
yesterday
Why does it always rain on me? – Chris Love and Rob Radburn – Medium
RT : ICYMI this is yeterdays investigation by and I into hourly weather forecasts - are they worth it?
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RT : This is surprising (and welcome), but the datasets it mentions are all in the good old "armchair auditor" pot. It w…
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Altmetric – Top 100 articles – 2017
We've selected the top 100 most-discussed journal articles of 2017, ranked in order of their Altmetric Attention Score on November 15, 2017.

Search for a particular subject or organization, or click an article to find out more about it.
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Andrew Trigg (@adtrigg) | Twitter
Head of Data at Land Registry. Father of three, ultra runner and geogeek. Non-business tweets @hobajon
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...But there's always that tension between being led by existing audience behaviour, and taking init…
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Agreed. I think the move away from interactivity and towards simpler, multiple charts integrated int…
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Which are the hardest languages to learn? Here is the answer according to the US Foreign Service Institute — Quartz
The map below shows how long it takes to learn almost 70 different languages, estimated by the Foreign Service Institute, which teaches these languages to would-be or current diplomats.
language  dj  quirky  quartz 
yesterday
The 2017 Daily chart advent calendar - Christmas countdown
WELCOME to the Daily chart advent calendar. We have crunched the numbers behind every Daily chart published in 2017 and have created a ranking based on page views, time on page, Facebook interactions and number of comments. The 24 most popular maps, charts, data visualisations and interactive features sit behind the calendar doors above, and a new door will be available to open every day until Christmas Eve when our most popular infographic of 2017 will be revealed. There’s also an entirely new graphic behind door number 25—a Christmas gift to all our readers who have been good this year.
adventcalendar  dj  vis  Economist 
yesterday
Russia’s Group Is The Easiest In Modern World Cup History | FiveThirtyEight
Based on Elo ratings — a measure of a team’s quality that takes into account factors such margin of victory, game importance and game location — Russia’s group with Uruguay, Egypt and Saudi Arabia has an average rating of 1720, which is 98 points worse than the average of all World Cup teams. That’s the largest gap between group strength and the World Cup average for any group in the World Cup since the expansion to the modern format in 1986.1
dj  football  sport  worldcup  538 
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Welcome to TaxBrain | TaxBrain
A platform for accessing open-source tax models.

Start Exploring
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yesterday
What the Tax Bill Would Look Like for 25,000 Middle-Class Families - The New York Times
The 25,000 dots on the chart above each represent an American household in the broadly defined middle class. The vertical axis represents income; the horizontal axis represents how big a tax cut (or tax increase) each household would get under the bill in 2018, according to a New York Times analysis using the open-source tax-modeling program TaxBrain. (For details on how we did this analysis, including how we defined the middle class, see the note at the end of this article.)
tax  interactive  nytimes  personalisation  scatterchart 
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Google reclaims title of top traffic referrer, and search-focused publishers are enjoying the moment - Digiday
On Dec. 11, Parsely data showing that Google now accounts for 44 percent of referral traffic for publishers made its way across the internet. That share represented a 10-point swing from the start of the year, when Facebook accounted for 40 percent, and Google accounted for 34 percent; Facebook now accounts for 26 percent.
seo  stats  search  S 
yesterday
How the BBC is using voice assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Home - Digiday
The BBC team relies on voice services installed on the Alexa devices rather than recording additional information for them, but that will likely change next year as it experiments with creating content specifically for Echo and Home devices, according to Devichand.

Figuring out how to make a brand stand out in a voice-activated environment is a challenge for news publishers, content producers and brands alike. The BBC wants to build its Echo and Home audiences so it can monitor what people say to devices, what they listen to and for how long. That will help show which content areas are worth expanding for voice-activated formats, added Devichand.
voice  bbc  alexa 
yesterday
Asylum claims on the basis of sexual orientation - GOV.UK
This release contains experimental statistics about asylum claims where sexual orientation formed part of the basis for the claim: it includes data on initial decisions and appeals for these claims.
asylum  data  lgbt  sexuality  immigration 
yesterday
Twitter
finally the Home Office releases some asylum data: - and story in
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The UK has rejected thousands of gay asylum seekers · PinkNews
A total of 3,535 asylum applications were made by people fleeing persecution at least partly based on their sexual orientation, amounting to 6 percent of asylum claims.
asylum  dj  sexuality  lgbt 
yesterday
Can 5,000 strangers have a productive Facebook dialogue? Spaceship Media is about to try » Nieman Journalism Lab
Spaceship Media, the one-year-old company focused on fostering conversations between folks of different political and socioeconomic viewpoints in Facebook groups through deliberate, journalism-supported dialogue, is now launching an ambitious project called The Many. They will gradually invite thousands of female Americans into a private Facebook group ahead of the 2018 midterm elections to participate in a national, moderated civil discussion aimed at breaking social media silos and geographic boundaries.
cm  fb  platforms  elections 
yesterday
Apple has acquired Pop Up Archive, an interesting startup that makes podcasts more searchable » Nieman Journalism Lab
Here’s something you need to know: I’ve learned that Apple has acquired Pop Up Archive, the Oakland-based online platform focused on building tools to transcribe, organize, and search audio files. Among its suite of tools was the podcast search engine Audiosear.ch, which wound down operations on November 28, presumably in the wake of closing the acquisition.
podcasts  archives  tools 
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The “civically committed,” “thrifty transactors,” and “elusive engagers”: a new report breaks down why different kinds of news subscribers pay (or don’t) » Nieman Journalism Lab
Following a series of one-on-one interviews with fifteen people around the U.S. (which followed a previous, broad survey of 2,199 people), API split news subscribers into three groups. The “civically committed” see supporting news organization as their moral duty; as a result, they aren’t sensitive to pricing and will pay for subscriptions even if they don’t use them. On the other end of the spectrum are the price-sensitive “elusive engagers,” who are averse to subscriptions and see information as a commodity. Sitting between the two are what API calls the “thrifty transactors,” who are highly selective when it comes to publications they pay for, but also highly loyal.
Research  paywalls  subscriptions 
yesterday
Where do the Brexit negotiations stand at the end of phase one? | Politics | The Guardian
Interesting use of emojis in this 'chat style' backgrounder on the Brexit negotiations:
emoji  chat  brexit  backgrounder  explainer 
yesterday
Twitter
Does data journalism always have to get big audiences though? Does it have a higher bar on that fron…
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To what extent should pension funds be backing tax avoidance?
investment firms use these sorts of structures too - especially those managers in the alternative assets space. Many private equity firms, for instance, use offshore vehicles to hold the assets they buy to improve the investment performance of their funds.

Pension funds are not, as a rule, subject to tax but there are two important questions trustees need to be able to answer.

First, the ethical one - should schemes be investing in companies and investment vehicles that use offshore arrangements to minimise the amount of UK tax paid? Does scheme investment imply tacit support for the tax structures they use? And, if such investment is acceptable, are there red lines pension funds should not cross?
tax  pensions 
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Pension fund giants accused of tax avoidance
The pension schemes bought their stakes in the shopping centre, which was seen as the gateway to London’s Olympic Park during the 2012 Olympic Games, in 2010 for £871.5m. Westfield Holdings owns the remaining 50 per cent of the joint venture.

Catherine Howarth, chief executive of ShareAction, a charity that promotes responsible investment, said: “Westfield is structured to pay the least amount of corporation tax possible in the UK when business is booming – and these public sector pension funds are benefiting from that.

“Listed corporations have had a huge amount of public fury directed at them; meanwhile our own pension funds are fully involved in the same kind of things.”
tax  pensions 
2 days ago
News Leadership Council - Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Mark Payton is the editorial director of Haymarket Consumer Media, responsible for the content strategy and editorial standards of its portfolio of specialist brands. Mark began his career in UK newspapers, moving into specialist magazines before taking the seat as Haymarket's digital editorial director and then overall editorial director. Payton has launched and re-launched a host of print and online products in markets as diverse as automotive, sport, finance and consumer electronics. He lives in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England.
people  trust  verification  ethics  markpayton  haymarket 
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Twitter
RT : was a London schools campaign just after the tragedy. Green heart symbol then used…
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Wondering why the green heart emoji was chosen here (can mean envy/jealousy). Any suggestions?
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Jobs - Hackney Citizen
RT : JOB VACANCY: the Hackney Citizen is looking for a Local Democracy Reporter. Apply here: …
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RT : JOB VACANCY: the Hackney Citizen is looking for a Local Democracy Reporter. Apply here: …
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Research on CrossCheck journalists and readers suggests positive impact for project
The process of working transparently, or having to ‘show your work’ to newsrooms that would otherwise be seen as competitors, resulted in higher quality journalism. Participants explained they were able to hold each other to account.
Collective, editorial decision-making allowed otherwise competitive newsrooms to make joint decisions about what to report and what to strategically ignore, so as not to provide oxygen to rumours.
Overall, the public’s contributions were useful and diverse, which provides an important (but hopefully an unnecessary) reminder to include the audience in future journalism collaborations.
research  factchecking  t  s  Transparency  collaboration 
2 days ago
I’m delivering a 3 day workshop on scraping for journalists in January
I’m delivering a 3 day workshop on scraping for journalists in January at
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Twitter
RT : Did you know Twitter has introduced a thing called Threads? Only some people have got it at the moment, it's a big…
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RT : Barnardo's commercial partnership with in immigration detention, putting a shine on brutal govt policy, also d…
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“Claimed” is often a cop out where the reporter doesn’t know if it’s true and hasn’t been…
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RT : I get the feeling that "admitted" implies true and shameful, while "claimed" implies prob…
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Wapping-Moler: Designed for community investigative journalists the ‘Wapping Moler’ Python software program digs through opencorporates.com data to analyse, visualise connections between people and organisations.
This software is designed for community investigative journalists to analyse open data held on opencorporates.com to explore connections between people and organisations.

Output is generated as two sets of .CSV files for further analysis or input to other programs.

One set of .CSV files provides Opencorporates.com data providing details of officers and the organisations they work for in a format that is easily understood by non-technical users.
Networkanalysis  tools  opencorporates  companies  companieshouse  housing 
2 days ago
Twitter
RT : Pretty stunning admission from Jonah Peretti that, as things stand now, the distributed model is not viable for Buz…
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Twitter
So many levels of meta.
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Local journalism is getting more data-driven — and other thoughts on Data Journalism UK 2017
I just published “Local journalism is getting more data-driven — and other thoughts on Data Journalism UK 2017”
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RT : Oh look, it's one of my favorite chart creators, ever, talking about his approach to data journalism. I'm really, r…
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RT : Latest news from HTFP: Regional and hyperlocal publishers win Google cash for news projects
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