Tag Archives: journalism

Journalism in April

Follow the money. Tools for reporters investigating companies

The Investigative Dashboard, or ID, is a space for investigative journalists and citizen reporters to find resources, share information, and learn new ‘tricks of the trade’.

ID is not, however, just a collection of tools and tips. It is also part of an international initiative to encourage collaborative trans-national work and to build networks between investigative reporters across the globe.

Organized crime and corruption doesn’t stop at national borders, so why should journalists?

 

Investigative Dashboard

 


 

 

Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Pitch us your stories

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has issued an open invitation for journalists with great unpublished stories to pitch them for possible funding.

The Bureau is based at City University and was officially launched yesterday after receiving £2m in funding last year from the Potter Foundation

Press Gazette

 

 

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Local democracy

Council decision-making is ‘more secretive today than ever’ – Roy Greenslade Guardian April 15th


Political Studies Association paper J Morrison: Spin, smoke-filled rooms, and the decline of council reporting by local newspapers download pdf

 

Hansard Society report Digital citizens & democratic engagement download pdf

 

Opening up local election data

“As well as the general election on May 6th, there are also a number of local council elections too. With this in mind it’s become clear that election data needs to be opened up, so as well as knowing what councillor sits on what committee, people can also find out when they were elected, how many votes they’ve received, as well as things like voter turnout.”

 

 

Jadu blog

 

10 new case studies of examples of good involvement by public bodies: Urban Forum

 

March #1

Digital Economy Bill
Guardian: Lords angered over three strikes rule for filesharers

iPad
Y combinator looking for iPad startups

Journalism
Free manual for investigative journalists Story-based Inquiry

Open Access
JISC: How to build a business case for an Open Access policy

The new report shows how universities can work out how much they could save on their profit and loss accounts as well as increasing their contribution to UK plc when they share their research papers through Open Access.
The ‘modelling scholarly communication options: costs and benefits for universities’ report, written by Alma Swan, is based on different types of university. It shows how universities might reduce costs, and how they can calculate these saving and their greater contribution to society by following an Open Access route.

European Research Funders Throw Weight Behind UK Open Access Repository, UK PubMed Central
Welcome Trust via Resourceshelf

Patents
Tim Bray: giving up on patents

Policy
Birmingham Totalplace final report now available on the BeBirmingham website

Twitter geo tagging
Twitter Changes To Geo-API – Tag Your Tweets With A Location


October #5

Archive
BFI partners with Blinkbox to broadcast classic British films online New Media Age

JISC Report: Digitisation of special collections: Mapping, assessment, prioritisation

“How are we to know that digitisation is serving the needs of the Higher Education community and is sustainable in the long-term?”
Resource Shelf

Consultations
Digital Engagement is Everyone’s Job Dextrous web
Let’s talk about Government Consultations and Write To Reply. Blog+video Jadu

Google Wave
Google Wave Use Cases: Education RWW
Google Wave and News Jeff Jarvis

Journalism
Are there too many journalism degrees? Discuss. Online Journalism Blog
Homeless but not hopeless: intern for Elle’s advice column gets $150 a month for expenses. Guardian
Court ruling ‘clarifies law on user-generated content’ Hold the Front Page

Local news reporting
Links, post its and tweetdoc for #cabinet discussion on government and #hyperlocal news Talk About Local
Report on the hyperlocal news discussion at Cabinet DCMS meeting
MPs accuse councils of producing ‘propaganda’ newspapers Guardian

Mapping
BBC: Crime, health and environment. Awards offered for map data mash-ups
Ordnance Survey Geovation Awards £10k, £5k competition details

Open Educational Resources
Yale adds ten more open courses via CC BY-NC-SA
JISC Podcast: Open Access – Harvard’s Success Story with Robert Darnton
The value of OERs is the contribution to the Commons. Talis education interview


October #5

Archive
BFI partners with Blinkbox to broadcast classic British films online New Media Age

Consultations
Digital Engagement is Everyone’s Job Dextrous web
Let’s talk about Government Consultations and Write To Reply. Blog+video Jadu

Google Wave
Google Wave Use Cases: Education RWW
Google Wave and News Jeff Jarvis

Journalism
Are there too many journalism degrees? Discuss. Online Journalism Blog
Homeless but not hopeless: intern for Elle’s advice column gets $150 a month for expenses. Guardian
Court ruling ‘clarifies law on user-generated content’ Hold the Front Page

Local news reporting
Links, post its and tweetdoc for #cabinet discussion on government and #hyperlocal news Talk About Local
Report on the hyperlocal news discussion at Cabinet DCMS meeting
MPs accuse councils of producing ‘propaganda’ newspapers Guardian

Mapping
BBC: Crime, health and environment. Awards offered for map data mash-ups
Ordnance Survey Geovation Awards £10k, £5k competition details

Open Educational Resources
Yale adds ten more open courses via CC BY-NC-SA
JISC Podcast: Open Access – Harvard’s Success Story with Robert Darnton
The value of OERs is the contribution to the Commons. Talis education interview


October #1

Archive
Legal delays have blown a hole in UK’s digital heritage Guardian

Journalism
YouTube Video: Clay Shirky on Internet Issues Facing Newspapers from Berkman Centre for Internet & Society
Ars Technica summarizes the Knight Commission report on serving the news needs of local communities local news
Roy Greenslade: Local news start-ups need professional input Guardian

Freedom of Information
Right to inspect audit documents trumps commercial confidentiality Campaign for Freedom of Information

iPhone Appstore
It’s business not a gold rush. Developers aren’t getting rich

Mapping
Home Office Safer Streets -map where you feel safe /unsafe in Solihull

Open Data
The wraps come of data.gov.uk private beta preview

Postcodes
Royal Mail sent a ‘cease and desist’ letter to Ernest Marples Ltd, the organisation providing a post code API allowing social projects to use post code searches.
Because of this, many useful websites are no longer functioning, including PlanningAlerts.com, Job Centre Pro Plus and Healthware.
Petition the PM to encourage Royal Mail to offer a free postcode database to non-profit and community websites

Research
Improbable research IgNobel prizewinners 2009
Guide to the Research Excellence Framework Consultation. Have your Write To Reply

Usability
The myth of the page fold: evidence from user testing

Twitter
Techcrunch: Twitter’s upcoming lists feature


September #6

Design
TED video: Tim Brown (IDEO) urges designers to think big. From consumption to participation. Be inspired.

Digital Britain
ISP responds: TalkTalk legal challenge if told to disconnect internet ‘pirates’. Times Guardian
UK technology industry organisation responds to BIS Consultation on Legislation re illicit P2P file-sharing Intellect

Government 2.0
Calling open data developers: we need your help says Cabinet Office

Journalism
News has never been more popular. Non-profit models look most interesting. New York Review of Books

Privacy
Two-thirds of Americans oppose targeted online ads — more, once they find out how it’s done New York Times and download the research paper. Study used telephone survey, sample of 1,000.

Public data
Fields of Gold: short documentary about open data & European farm subsidies Open Knowledge Foundation

Visualisation
Infogram comparing billion dollar budgets. Iraq war, bank bailouts, renewable energy, foreign aid Information is beautiful