BBC Midlands FB bot
Kate Marshall writes: “On our Midlands Facebook Messenger we are piloting a Bot. We want to explore how it works as a means of delivering content to the audience as well as the possibilities it offers around engagement. Each week day a journalist selects three stories which they write in a more conversational style to send out via the Bot. If you want to take a look here’s the link: https://m.me/MidlandsBBC It has been running for a week so we are still learning and are really keen to hear any feedback you have. A massive thanks goes to Grant Heinrich from News Labs for all his work and to Monica Rimmer, Riyah Collins and Jen Meierhans.”
bot  bbc 
5 hours ago
Data Journalist | Jobs and careers with BBC
The team is looking for a creative data journalist to join its Data Team. The role is expected to make a major contribution towards the publication of award-winning cross-platform data projects.

Examples of our work can be found at @bbcnewsgraphics.

Role Responsibility
To find original news stories in data
To explain breaking and long-running stories using data
To have a wide range of software skills for the purposes of data analysis and mapping
To develop and visualise original stories
To collaborate with reporters, editors, designers and developers to bring those stories to publication
To present story ideas to stakeholders from a non-statistical background
To represent the data team and the Visual Journalism team at editorial meetings
To lead editorially on data projects as required and oversee the work of other data team colleagues
To develop a thorough understanding of the BBC News aims and the part this job plays in meeting them.
dj  ojjobs  bbc 
5 hours ago
Geocomputation with R
This is the online home of Geocomputation with R, a book on geographic data analysis, visualization and modeling.
book  r  Mapping 
7 hours ago
The Washington Post's newsletter brand, 202, is outgrowing the inbox - Digiday
All 202 newsletter editions are published as standalone content on the Post’s website, with the most high-impact editions getting recirculated across the Post’s product. “We want to have enough scoops so we can compete for space on the home page,” Van Dongen said.
email  washpo 
22 hours ago
“So many times we forget to listen”: How Spaceship Media moderated a Facebook group of 400 political women without it going off the rails » Nieman Journalism Lab
As the size of The Many risked becoming unruly, García and Pearlman started breakout groups for neighboring participants to unpack issues in their own context. Each library helped the Alabama and Pennsylvania subgroups, respectively, focus on finding answers. “Nobody wants to trust a journalist right now,” Pearlman said. “But people have a different feeling toward librarians and libraries.”
moderation  fb  cm  s 
22 hours ago
How Do I Download an Entire Website for Offline Reading?
It’s easy enough to save individual web pages for offline reading, but what if you want to download an entire website? Well, it’s easier than you think! Here are four nifty tools you can use to download any website for offline reading, zero effort required.
Wget is a command-line utility that can retrieve all kinds of files over the HTTP and FTP protocols. Since websites are served through HTTP and most web media files are accessible through HTTP or FTP, this makes Wget an excellent tool for ripping websites.

While Wget is typically used to download single files, it can be used to recursively download all pages and files that are found through an initial page:
scraping  tools  archives  cache  commandline  wget 
2 days ago
Few people are actually trapped in filter bubbles. Why do they like to say that they are? » Nieman Journalism Lab
Grossmann looks at two different types of studies of media consumption: Studies that ask people to name news sources they consume, and studies that actually track their news consumption behavior (by, say, recording what they do online). The results of these two types of studies are different:
filterbubbles  homophily  Research  t 
2 days ago
Twitter
RT : That’s my Santa work done for the year!! Happy to Christmas to all you wonderful lot 🎄🎅🏼🎄
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4 days ago
Data Journalism with Impact- Handbook 2 - Data Journalism Handbook
RT : The question of impact in data journalism is examined in 's chapter:
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4 days ago
Twitter
Thank you to the stellar cast of authors for this beta edition:
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5 days ago
Professor Scott Lucas - Department of Political Science and International Studies - University of Birmingham
A professional journalist since 1979, Professor Lucas is the founder and editor of EA WorldView, a leading website in daily news and analysis of Iran, Turkey, Syria, and the wider Middle East, as well as US foreign policy.
people  Birmingham  journalism 
5 days ago
Animoto video maker - Stand out on social media. Easily. - Animoto
Animoto's video maker turns your photos and video clips into professional videos in minutes. Fast and shockingly simple - we make video creation easy.
onlineVideo  tools  sm  mobile  app 
5 days ago
Mojo Video App
Legend-like animated text app by the same makers.
mobile  app  tools  onlineVideo  vertical  legend  animation 
5 days ago
Isla Glaister (@IslaGlaister) | Twitter
Sky News journalist fascinated by electoral politics. I also play a bit of tennis.
Carmen's boss
people  sky  dj 
5 days ago
Make Infographics – icongraph.com
Icongraph gives the average person the tools to use icons, graphics and charts to make infographics quickly and on the move using their iPhone and iPad.
Infographics  app  tools  Mobile  vis 
5 days ago
Twitter
RT : Know someone who would benefit from one of 4 paid Cosmo scholarships? We're looking for ANYONE (no qualifications…
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5 days ago
We're launching a podcast about fact-checking and misinformation | Poynter
We're launching a podcast about fact-checking and misinformation | Poynter
podcast  factchecking  t 
5 days ago
Twitter
RT : The public is kept in the dark over councils' multi-million pound property deals - and they strongly believe in mor…
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5 days ago
John W. Miller
I’m interested in whether an artist’s tendency to use certain terms correlate together. For example, if an artist is more likely to mention beer in their songs, are they more likely to also mention trucks?
It turns out that yes, they are.
dj  music  beer  trucks  correlation  vis 
5 days ago
The Pudding Cup
Last year we put together a list of our team’s favorite stories of 2017. This year we want to step it up by democratizing the process ⚖️ and rewarding 💰creators for their hard work.
dj  vis  competition  list  t 
6 days ago
React App
For this experiment, images of faces will flash for 5 seconds.
After each image disappears, answer whether you think the face was real or fake.
hoax  game  images  ai 
6 days ago
“How to recognize fake AI-generated images”
one of the quickest ways to identify a GAN-generated image. Typically a GAN will bunch hair in clumps, create random wisps around the shoulders, and throw thick stray hairs on foreheads. Hair styles have a lot of variability, but also a lot of detail, making it one of the most difficult things for a GAN to capture. Things that aren’t hair can sometimes turn into hair-like textures, too
ai  verification  gan  t  photos  images 
6 days ago
Twitter
RT : "Gambling firms agree to whistle to whistle gambling ban during TV football" - following expose by 5 Live Investiga…
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6 days ago
(PDF) Avatar Anthropomorphism and Illusion of Body Ownership in VR
In this paper we present a novel experiment to explore the impact of avatar realism on the illusion of virtual body ownership (IVBO) in immersive virtual environments, with full-body avatar embodiment and freedom of movement. We evaluated four distinct avatars (a humanoid robot, a block-man, and both male and female human adult) presenting an increasing level of anthropomorphism in their detailed compositions Our results revealed that each avatar elicited a relatively high level of illusion… CONTINUE READING
vr  Research  avatars 
6 days ago
Twitter
A classic homophone mistake by the - pity those poor battered ex-Wenger players...
subbing  from twitter
6 days ago
Twitter
The public service gamble: Councils borrowing billions to play the property market — The Bureau of Investigative Jo…
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6 days ago
Total Freak Out // Gear VR Reaction // Catatonic - YouTube
Shelmerdine’s ‘Catatonic’ (2015) is a short VR horror film that cleverly situates the viewer in a wheelchair that is pushed around a 1950s mental asylum. By doing this, the piece creates movement that doesn’t feel like an awkward flying around, but which is integrated in the story. At the same time, it solves the proprioception problem by giving the user arms and legs within the shot –and because it’s on a wheelchair, it makes sense, at least from the narrative point of view, that they are not under your control.
vr  video  horror 
6 days ago
Virtual reality, 19th Century style: The history of the panorama and balloon view - OpenLearn - Open University
Barker’s innovation was rather in the viewer’s interface with the image. The panorama was an apparatus that would isolate and control what it was possible to see. His specifications included lighting from above, an isolated central viewing platform exactly halfway up the height of the canvas, restrictions on the viewer getting too close to the picture, entrance from below, and ventilation without windows. The edges of the image were covered by a canopy that, at the top, also hid the source of light. Barker wasn’t taking the picture out of the frame, he was making the frame big enough to include the spectator as well.
panoramas  vr  immersivemedia  barker  art  history 
6 days ago
The Victory Lab: Amazon.co.uk: Sasha Issenberg: 9780307954800: Books
The Victory Lab follows the academics and maverick operatives rocking the war room and re-engineering a high-stakes industry previously run on little more than gut instinct and outdated assumptions. Armed with research from behavioural psychology and randomized experiments that treat voters as unwitting guinea pigs, the smartest campaigns now believe they know who you will vote for even before you do. Issenberg tracks these fascinating techniques--which include cutting edge persuasion experiments, innovative ways to mobilize voters, heavily researched electioneering methods--and shows how our most important figures, such as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, are putting them to use with surprising skill and alacrity.
book  politics  bigdata  ai  obama  campaigning 
6 days ago
Tory fringe dominated by male speakers who took two-thirds of slots | Politics | The Guardian
Of the 22 panels with a single named speaker, only four of them were chaired by a women, namely Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, who chaired two events, the MP Thérèse Coffey and the economist and broadcaster Linda Yueh.
gender  dj  Guardian  politics  names 
6 days ago
The public service gamble: Councils borrowing billions to play the property market — The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Councils across England have borrowed massive sums - in some cases the equivalent of ten times their annual budgets - to finance the purchase of real estate, our investigation has found.
In the last two years, the number of councils investing in property has doubled. In the past financial year alone, councils spent a total of £1.8 billion on investment properties, a six-fold increase from 2013-14.
Of biggest concern is the scale of debts accrued by four of the smallest local authorities in England - including Spelthorne Borough Council in Surrey, which says it is “heavily reliant on investment income” to fund the services it provides.
bureaulocal  dj  councils  housing  investment  t 
6 days ago
Twitter
RT : Independent filmmaker? Check out ’s tips on what he looks for in a documentary pitch at the 🎬…
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6 days ago
Twitter
RT : How council spending has changed in 7 charts. Diving into the official data with and to s…
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6 days ago
How we carried out our survey of flatshare bias | UK news | The Guardian
The wording of the two requests were different but similar in tone and length. To avoid any possibility of being rejected on a first-come-first-served basis, the requests were sent within a few minutes of one another and were alternated, meaning that in 50% of cases “David” made first contact and in 50% “Muhammad” did.

The sample size was 948 ads in total. The responses were categorised into positive/neutral responses (those who opened a conversation and/or offered a viewing), negative responses (for example a message saying the room was gone) and no response (those who had not responded to the initial message within a week of the initial contact). A positive or neutral response was assigned a value of one and a negative or no response was assigned a value of zero.

David received 449 negative responses and Muhammed 546 negative responses to the 948 requests each sent.

We tested the statistical significance of the findings using a Z-test on the entire dataset where each row relates to a separate ad and a McNemar test on the aggregated results.
statistics  Guardian  housing  automation  dj  ethnicity  racism  t 
7 days ago
Special Branch Files Project – where released files are shared…
The Special Branch Files Project is a live-archive of declassified files focussing on the surveillance of political activists and campaigners.

In the early years of the Freedom of Information Act, journalists obtained various Special Branch documents from the Metropolitan Police and the Home Office. Unfortunately this openness was short-lived. The authorities now routinely refuse to disclose Special Branch files, including information which they previously released.

As the Met’s Disclosure Log states, information released under the FOI Act is released to the world. A disclosure to one is a disclosure to all. The Met may want to prevent further access to this information but they can’t turn back the clock.
documentcloud  documents  crime  activism  specialbranch 
7 days ago
Guy Shrubsole (@guyshrubsole) | Twitter
Campaigner & investigator at Friends of the Earth. I also write about land ownership. Views my own.
foi  ij  people 
8 days ago
Twitter
This discussion is well worth catching up on for an overview of options and considerations when sending video…
mojo  from twitter
8 days ago
Twitter
RT : Follow this tweet stream by for a flavour of what I talked to his students about today on Mojo >>
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8 days ago
Twitter
A useful analogy about quality from : in radio we'd love all guests in the studio, but we settle f…
mojo  from twitter
8 days ago
Twitter
Use your phone to record a second camera view of an interview to save time with cutaways, or listen back while foot…
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8 days ago
Twitter
...a couple of apps for highlighted by : Chartistic for charts and which ma…
mojo  datavis  from twitter
8 days ago
Twitter
...now audio apps: mentions Ferrite, Voice Record Pro and Anchor for their editing, exporting, tr…
mojo  from twitter
8 days ago
Twitter
...Other editing apps highlighted by include , Splice, LumaFusion (3 tracks audio, 3 t…
mojo  from twitter
8 days ago
Twitter
iMovie is too limited on ratio and subtitles, feels . Apple Clips, however, has some impressive features…
from twitter
8 days ago
Twitter
apps already mentioned by include Filmic Pro and Filmic Remote (for controlling Pro remotely); Sp…
mojo  from twitter
9 days ago
Twitter
pointing out how powerful apps are for the price of a coffee - but highlighting the issue of vide…
mojo  from twitter
9 days ago
Twitter
Mobile journalism expert chatting to students today. First tip: never use WhatsApp to se…
from twitter
9 days ago
Web scraping case fails under Dastar
The court also applied the 2003 Supreme Court case of Dastar Corp. v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., 539 U.S. 23 (2003) to find that plaintiff’s Lanham Act claim failed. In Dastar, the Supreme Court concluded that “false designation of origin” as it is used in the Lanham Act attaches to the producer of tangible goods that are offered for sale, and not to the author of any idea, concept, or communication embodied in those goods. In this case, the defendant created the final product (website listings), albeit using the plaintiff’s content (just like in Dastar). Because plaintiff was not the source of the product (the duplicated listings), it did not have a claim under the Lanham Act.
scraping  law  t 
9 days ago
The red couch experiments: Early lessons in pop-up fact-checking » Nieman Journalism Lab
The participants saw four-minute excerpts of speeches by Barack Obama and Donald Trump that had been retrofitted with actual fact checks. We could manipulate the displays to show the checks in different formats — with a Truth-O-Meter rating from PolitiFact, with rating words such as “true” or “false,” or with just a “summary text” of facts that mostly left it to viewers to figure out if the claim was accurate.

RELATED ARTICLE
FactStream debuted live fact-checking with last night’s SOTU. How’d it go?
January 31, 2018
Our most important finding: People love this new form of TV fact-checking. Participants were unanimous that they would like a feature like this during political events such as debates and speeches. They said it would hold politicians more accountable for what they say. Some of the participants said they liked the service so much that they would choose a network that offered fact-checks over one that did not.
factchecking  Research 
10 days ago
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