May 2011 Archives

May 31, 2011

5 reasons news organisations prefer in-house web publishing tools

Outside of the news industry, it sometimes seems insane that we insist on reinventing the wheel and rebuilding tools when there are free alternatives out on the web. Here are five reasons I think we do that.

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No foreigners please, we’re the Daily Express!

The Daily Express registration system is as xenophobic as the paper's editorial line - you can't tell it you are outside the UK.

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May 30, 2011

“A uniquely digital media” - Live blogging discussion at news:rewired

The final session at news:rewired on Friday was a panel discussing the medium of live blogging, expertly hosted by Marcus Warren from the Telegraph, and featuring my colleague Guardian Blog’s Editor Matt Wells, Anna Doble of Channel 4, and Paul Gallagher of the Manchester Evening News. It was a really good session, with some good natured rivalry between the Telegraph and Guardian on display, and it really felt like the conversation has moved on from “What is live blogging and should we be doing it?” to “How can we use this new uniquely digital media to its best advantage and develop it further”.

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May 29, 2011

The Mail Online, the N-word, and their American audience

Could it be that having a large American audience online means that the Mail is now treating issues like "The N-word" differently editorially in print and in digital?

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Paul Lewis, Alastair Dant & Jonathan Austin at the Knight-Mozilla News Innovation Jam

On Saturday I spent the day in the Guardian’s offices as a guest at the Knight-Mozilla News Innovation Jam. As a preamble to the actual brain-storming and designing, there were talks from Guardian journalist Paul Lewis, interactive technologist Alastair Dant, and the BBC’s Jonathan Austin. Here are my notes.

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May 28, 2011

My notes from news:rewired - Data journalism and social media

I spent a really good day at news:rewired yesterday. With one track dedicated to data journalism, and another to social media, it was no surprise that I found plenty of things of interest. Here are my notes on some of the things that stood out for me.

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May 27, 2011

Data journalism debate at FutureEverything

I recently appeared as part of a panel session at FutureEverything talking about data journalism. I’ve already blogged the four points I was planning to make. Here are my notes from the talks given by those I was sharing the stage with: Chris Taggart, David Higgerson and Paul Bradshaw

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"Who lets users talk the most?" - news sites & comment character counts

My curiosity was piqued by the controversy surrounding the BBC’s decision to drastically reduce the number of characters users could submit as a comment on the BBC News site to 400. And so I thought I'd carry out a quick survey of character limits across a range of UK and US news sites, and compared that with some popular blogs and social media sites.

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May 24, 2011

Is the New York Public Library’s “Biblion” app actually the paleofuture of iPad magazines?

Alexis Madrigal asked in The Atlantic if it was “the magazine app of the future”, and I’ve been playing around with Biblion, the app produced by the New York Public Library. Although it has generated some rave reviews, I thought there were some flaws and missed opportunities in the app.

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May 20, 2011

My notes from the BBC Social Media Summit

I spent much of today at the BBC Social Media Summit, and thought it worth putting together a few quick notes on the things that stood out for me.

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May 16, 2011

Comments and character counts: Changes to "blogs" at the BBC

I’ve written before about how one of the interesting things about social media is the ability to watch reaction unfold to design changes on other people’s services - correspondence that would previously have happened by private letter or email. This time around it is the recent changes to the BBC News blogging platform that have caught my eye. Adam Tinworth has described them as a road crash. One of the most notable changes has been reducing the maximum length of...
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Mike Bracken steps down from GNM

Rather like spin doctors becoming the story, you’d rather people were talking about your technology rather than your technology department, but over the weekend there has been some coverage of Mike Bracken stepping down as Digital Development  Director at GNM. I wouldn’t be at the Guardian if Mike hadn’t hired me for twenty days when I was a freelancer, and then used them to convince me to stay permanently. If you want some idea of the kind of things that...
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May 12, 2011

Martin Belam - "Linked data / Linked stories" at FutureEverything

A brief return from my self-imposed blogging exile this week - today I am in Manchester talking on a panel about data journalism at the FutureEverything festival and conference. This is the script that I’ve written for my five minute opening monologue. It seems way too long to fill just five minutes... Martin Belam - “Linked data / Linked stories” at FutureEverything I often feel a bit of a fraud talking at these kinds of events. Just as at Hacks/Hackers...
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May 9, 2011

Upcoming talks and workshops

Well, I’ve managed 24 days so far of not blogging, but I’m going to break my holiday slightly with two posts this week. The first is simply a round-up of some places you can see me talking over the next few days and months.

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