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#Podcast: Games, journalism and the digital future

September 20th, 2013 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Podcast

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Grand Theft Auto V hit the shelves this week as one of the most widely anticipated video games in the history of the medium. Already described as “eye-poppingly violent“, the GTA franchise has often been the lightning rod for criticism of the games industry, and modern culture with it.

Yet games are being used increasingly for education and training purposes. Game mechanics represent a different context in which people can understand and engage with a subject, but the idea of applying them to serious topics like the news is treated with uncertainty.

This week’s podcast explores how games can be a medium in the same way as text or video, what benefits that may bring with regards to news, some controversial examples of newsgames, and how games may integrate with news organisations.

We speak to:

  • Professor Janet Jones, head of media, Middlesex University
  • Tom Rawlings, design and production director, Auroch Digital, and project head, Game The News
  • Mary Hamilton, audience development editor, the Guardian Australia
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#Podcast: Shining a light on ‘dark social’ and other mysterious analytics

September 13th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Online Journalism, Podcast
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In this podcast we delve into the curious world of ‘dark social’ and other hard-to-track analytics.

The term dark social is used to describe traffic that appears to be ‘direct’ as there is no referrer, such as Facebook, Twitter or Google, listed.

It may come from people sharing articles on private social platforms, such links pasted into an instant message or shared by email.

But we also go beyond this and explore why some of this mystery traffic may not be dark social, but another sort of ‘dark’.

And finally, we are challenged on whether news outlets are making the most of analytics or are blindly mimicking Silicon Valley in being data-driven but without fully understanding how information should inform decisions.

We speak to:

  • Andrew Montalenti, co-founder and chief technology officer at analytics platform Parse.ly
  • Josh Schwartz, head of data science at real-time analytics platform Chartbeat
  • Joe Alicata, principal product owner at Chartbeat
  • Stijn Debrouwere, Knight-Mozilla fellow working at the Guardian

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes feed.

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#Podcast – Meeting readers at the front door: lessons in news site homepage design

September 6th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Design and graphics, Podcast

The constantly evolving nature of the web means sites have to regularly update how they present themselves. The New York Times is set to undergo a major overhaul, Trinity Mirror titles have been going through a similar process throughout the year, and ITV News was named “best designed site” at 2013′s Online Media Awards.This podcast looks at key themes in how news organisations present the wide range of news and stories on their websites, and discusses some trends for the future.

We speak to:

  • Grig Davidovitz, CEO and co-founder of RGB media, a company for journalistic strategy and digital tool development
  • William Owen, strategy director and founding partner of Made by Many, which built the new ITV News website
  • David Higgerson, digital publishing director, Trinity Mirror

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.

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#Podcast: How news outlets offer personalisation on digital platforms

August 30th, 2013 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Podcast

In efforts to grow engagement on digital platforms and give some organisation to the wealth of information online, many news outlets offer personalisation features, delivering relevant content to individual users.

This can be based on a number of different factors, such as their location, their interests and in some cases their social media connections.

In this week’s podcast we look at a number of different approaches in the news industry to personalisation: from how publisher service Near You Now aims to surface locally-relevant content to how the Financial Times’s web app recommends content based on browser history. We also look at the role personalisation plays in interactive content and the selection of content on news reader apps.

We also speak to City University London professor Steve Schifferes about his report from last year on personalisation, which he co-authored with Dr Neil Thurman.

The podcast hears from:

  • Bede McCarthy, group product manager for content, Financial Times
  • Professor Steve Schifferes, director of Financial Journalism MA, City University London
  • Sean Clarke, head of interactives, the Guardian
  • Anthony Sheehan, founder, Near You Now, Xylitic
  • Martin Stoddart, vice president of business development, Zite

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.

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#Podcast: Business models for investigative journalism

This week we reported that investigative news site Exaro has pulled down its paywall in favour of bringing in revenue through data services.

So, in this podcast we look at how to make investigative journalism pay.

The podcast covers a range of different models, from reader-funded journalism, to organising conferences, to syndication.

We hear from the those behind four investigative journalism sites, each of which has launched within the past two years.

We speak to:

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.

You can read more Journalism.co.uk articles about each of the four news outlets by clicking on the name of the business: Exaro, Matter, The Muckracker, ThaiPublica.

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#Podcast: How fact-checking websites aim to stamp out misinformation

August 16th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Podcast
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Image by Ivy Dawned on Flickr. Some rights reserved

Fact-checking organisations are working to prevent the spread of misinformation. Sometimes they check claims made by public figures, in other cases they hold media reports to account.

They also offer useful tools and tips for journalists, who will use similar research tactics in their day-to-day work, but may be able to save time by utilising the resources of these platforms which may have already done the time-intensive work for them.

In this week’s podcast we look at the work of two fact-checking organisations, Full Fact in the UK and Africa Check, which was set up by the AFP Foundation and launched late last year.

We also look at how news outlets are also offering readers their own fact-checking services, such as Washington Post’s TruthTeller app, the prototype for which was launched this year.

The podcast hears from:

  • Will Moy, director, Full Fact
  • Peter Cunliffe-Jones, director, Africa Check
  • Sara Carothers, project manager, TruthTeller, Washington Post
You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.
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#Podcast – Drone journalism: A look at flying cameras

August 9th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Photography, Podcast

This podcast looks at drone technology and when journalists can – and cannot – use unmanned copters.

We hear about the legal position in the UK and the US, the current technological possibilities and limitations, and the types of stories best suited to these flying cameras. We also hear when they might start to be regularly used by news outlets.

Journalism.co.uk technology editor Sarah Marshall speaks to:

  • Professor Matt Waite, founder of the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Thomas Hannen, senior innovations producer at the BBC Global Video Unit

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.

You might also be interested in this feature on drone journalism we published in June.

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#Podcast: Building a better comment experience on news sites

August 2nd, 2013 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Online Journalism, Podcast

Just this week the New York Times experimented with a new way to add value to the way comments feature on article pages, with specially selected ‘Reader Perspectives’ brought higher up in the article.

This is part of the Times’s efforts to continue to improve the comment experience for all, and one result is to encourage a greater quality of conversation.

In this week’s podcast we find out more about key strategies taken by a variety of news outlets including tips for growing discussion in the first place, how to encourage a high-quality conversation and a look at the impact of new digital reporting styles on how the comment thread could evolve in the future.

We hear from:

  • Laura Oliver, community manager, the Guardian
  • Marc Lavallee, deputy editor, interactive news, the New York Times
  • Bassey Etim, community manager, the New York Times
  • David Higgerson, digital publishing director, Trinity Mirror, regionals
  • Tom Miller, product strategist, Hearst Magazines UK
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#Podcast: New ventures in interactive video

July 26th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Multimedia, Online Journalism, Podcast

This week’s podcast looks at how different news organisations are using interactive video as a means for telling different types of stories, and the broader themes regarding the internet, content and interactivity.

We speak to:

  • Neal Mann, multimedia innovations editor, the Wall Street Journal
  • Jarrard Cole, multimedia producer, the Wall Street Journal,
  • Frederik Neus, head of business development, Zentrick
  • Ben Fogarty, managing executive, Shorthand
  • Mark Bryson, creative director of visual journalism, BBC News
  • Amanda Farnsworth, editor of visual journalism, BBC News
You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.
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#Podcast: Talking social media and interactives at Al Jazeera

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Image by M. Keefe on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

This podcast provides an in-depth look at innovations in social media and interactives at Al Jazeera.

We hear how journalists go beyond Twitter and Facebook to crowdsource, using SMS and phone calls to gather the voices on the ground in different parts of the world.

Sarah Marshall, technology editor at Journalism.co.uk, speaks to:

  • Riyaad Minty, head of social media for Al Jazeera
  • Mohammed Haddad, interative producer, Al Jazeera English

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.

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