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#Tip: Remember these science writing tips for getting more from a study

April 4th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists
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Image by Horia Varlan on Flickr. Some rights reserved

Science stories always have the power to fire the imagination of the reader so it is important to be able to relay new discoveries or important announcements well.

Unfortunately, as Ian Sample says in this Guardian guide to science writing, most stories are based on published papers, not all of which are interesting, important or even accurate.

He’s put together ten tips on writing good science pieces as the first in a series on the subject that is well worth following for aspiring science writers out there.

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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: 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 iTunes podcast feed.

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#Tip: Delivering short data video with ‘datavines’

August 23rd, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

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Early last month former Guardian data editor Simon Rogers, who now has the same title at Twitter, blogged about how journalists could tell data-rich stories using Vine – its app for creating six-second-long videos (here’s more on that). He also shared some practical pointers for the most effective use of the platform.

And just this week, the Guardian put this idea to the test when it shared some of the key takeaways from GCSE results day across five videos.

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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: How to get started in investigative journalism

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In this week’s podcast we speak to experts in investigative journalism on how best to get started in the field. Aside from taking a course or getting some early work experience, both invaluable elements of training for a journalist on any beat, there are some skills, tools and qualities which every trainee should bear in mind.

We speak to:

  • Christopher Hird, managing editor, Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  • Paul Lewis, special projects editor, the Guardian
  • Marshall Allen, investigative journalist, Pro Publica
You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the iTunes podcast feed.


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#Podcast: How some publishers are sharing revenue, content and audiences

June 14th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Business, Podcast

As the internet continues to affect how audiences find and read articles, media outlets are having to react and develop new models in order to stay relevant. This week’s podcast looks at the changing relationship between publishers, audiences and content – and how three organisations are taking different approaches.

From newsrooms splitting advertising payments with bloggers to the hosting and reposting of full articles, there is a theme creeping in of publishers sharing content, audiences and revenue in order to succeed.

We hear from:

  • Jeff Jarvis, media commentator and founder, BuzzMachine
  • James Randerson, science and environment news editor, the Guardian
  • Fiona Evans, head of publishing, Glam Media
  • John Pettitt, founder and CEO,

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#Podcast: Managing user-generated content in breaking news

April 19th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Multimedia, Podcast

User-generated content is becoming increasingly important in reporting on breaking news situations, so this week’s podcast looks at how different organisations and platforms manage the influx of user submitted content.

  • Markham Nolan, managing editor, Storyful
  • Dan Petty, social media editor, Denver Post
  • Paul Owen, journalist and regular live blogger, Guardian
  • Ken Goldberg, project leader of the Rashomon Project, UC Berkeley

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


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#Tip of the day for journalists: Creating engaging interactives

Poynter has rounded-up some tips on building engaging interactives, based on pointers from the Guardian’s interactive editor in the US Gabriel Dance and interactive designer Feilding Cage. Their pointers include the importance of ‘shareability’ and the ability to integrate interactives elsewhere.

For more on this subject, see’s feature on how to engage the audience with interactives.

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Release: Guardian promotes Tanya Cordrey to ‘new executive role of chief digital officer’

September 19th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Newspapers, Online Journalism

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Guardian News and Media today announced the promotion of Tanya Cordrey, current director of digital development, to the role of chief digital officer with immediate effect.

According to a release:

Tanya joined GNM in 2008 initially building the digital portfolio of environment products and most recently overseeing the product development team. In her new role Tanya will continue to have product oversight as well as supporting the strategic development of the organisation. She joined GNM from the start-up company and was previously on the UK executive team at eBay for five years.

Her new role encompasses her position as director of digital development, but she will now report to chief executive of Guardian Media Group Andrew Miller.

In the release Miller said Cordrey – along with David Pemsel, who was today named as chief commercial officer – “worked tirelessly and with great creativity to make our digital-first strategy a reality, attract unprecedented numbers of global readers and create new revenue streams”.

These changes are part of our strategy to bring both GNM and GMG closer together as we build a stronger, more digitally-focused organisation.

See the press release here.

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