We’re rolling out the Mobile Journalism Lab at the Bay Area News Group this evening at the Hometown Heroes event in Oakland, Calif. This is the third mobile community media lab for Digital First Media, joining TC Rover in the Twin Cities and NewsVroom in York, Pa. The Bay Area News Group will use the News MoJo for community engagement and news coverage throughout the San Francisco Bay area. The van debuts at an event in downtown Oakland celebrating BANG’s Hometown Heroes partnership with Comcast.
Sid Ryan wanted to see if planning applications near planning committee members were more or less likely to be accepted. In two guest posts on Help Me Investigate he shows how to research people online (in this case the councillors), and how to map planning applications to identify potential relationships.
When councils publish their draft budget reports it’s not always easy to extract the figures that they’re based on. Here then is a guide to getting the data out of budget reports:
The Financial Times has produced a Tumblr containing memories from “past and present” journalists to mark the newspaper’s 125th anniversary.
A number of news outlets have used Tumblr in recent times in a range of ways, from offering updates on new projects within the newsroom such as the Times’s digital experiments Tumblr, or to document specific events, such as the New York Times’s Agenda Tumblr which covered the US election.
At the FT, main news integrator Leyla Boulton was tasked with co-ordinating the news outlet’s anniversary celebrations within editorial.
WASHINGTON – Sports reporting is one of the first jobs in journalism where multiple mediums were expected out of a reporter’s daily product. Even years ago, when the black and white scores arrived folded on fan’s doorstep, they could likely hear their favorite writer on the radio every now and again.
Gavin Sheridan, an Irish journalist and blogger, has spent the past two years working as innovation director at Storyful.
A social media newsroom, the teams of reporters at Storyful monitor and engage with communities on Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and any social media platform on which anyone with an Internet connection can converse. Within two years of launching, Storyful began cooperating with some of the biggest news brands in the world, including ABC News, Reuters and the New York Times, and social platforms such as YouTube.
Picture this. One morning, you visit the Guardian home page to find a headline article about, let’s say, a natural disaster in south-east Asia, or mass civil unrest in a Central American state. Next to the text is a link to a game about the story, designed to provide further information and insight. Do you follow it? Do you play?
Games that explore political and social issues have been around since the early days of the medium – the 80s and 90s saw dozens of titles about nuclear conflict and Cold War politics with titles like Theatre Europe and Conflict: The Middle East Political Simulator.
The future of the feature: Breaking out of templates to build customized reading experiences » Nieman Journalism Lab
When it comes to reading long form, the web can be an ugly, distracting place. It’s the reason why services like Instapaper and Pocket (née Read It Later) exist: to strip content of its context — noisy site designs, advertisements, and other unnecessary elements. But perhaps we’re moving into a new era where more of the web is clean and readable. Maybe the future of web publications will be beautiful enough that the reading experience is more enjoyable in its natural habitat.
People were either intimately involved with the iPad screen while reading during our recent eyetracking study — keeping nearly constant contact while touching, tapping, pinching and swiping to adjust their view — or they carefully arranged a full screen of text before physically detaching as they sat back to read.
Big events like national political conventions seem to bring out the best in journalism innovations. In 1924, at the GOP convention, the first radio broadcasters announced Calvin Coolidge’s nomination. In 1940, the first TV station in the world transmitted live from the national convention. The 1940 convention in Philadelphia launched live television coverage through experimental stations in Philly and New York. The Philly station, which now is known as KYW, carried a stunning 62 hours of live coverage, a feat that would stretch the capacity of stations even today.
So as the GOP nominee took to the podium and the president prepares to do the same at next week’s DNC, it is appropriate that journalists roll out the coolest newest thing. The Washington Post did just that.