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Lloyd’s List creates interactive guide to shipping in ‘the economic storm’

August 3rd, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Magazines

As Lloyd’s List builds to its 275th anniversary, the title’s website has created an interactive and data-rich guide for the shipping industry to navigating the choppy waters of the economic downturn.

The site has pooled its resources into topic pages offering articles and resources relating to different areas of the industry affected by the economic recession – including video advice and online polls.

In addition, and following on from its microsite mapping the rise in piracy attacks off the Somalian coast, the List has also made a timeline of piracy stories:

Lloyd's List piracy timeline

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Daily Mail gypsy/NHS poll on The Now Show

BBC Radio 4’s  The Now Show picked up on the now-notorious Daily Mail ‘gypsy/NHS’ poll in the first episode of its new series.

On Saturday June 20 Journalism.co.uk’s John Thompson reported:

“The UK-based Mail Online was forced to shut down one of its online polls yesterday after a concerted campaign by Twitter users and, Journalism.co.uk can reveal, UK-based psychologists, nearly brought their servers to a halt with an overwhelming ‘yes’ vote.”

“The poll, which asked the somewhat leading question ‘Should the NHS allow gipsies to jump the queue,’ attracted ridicule from many within the Twitter community leading to, at one point a 96% vote in favour of the proposition.”

Listen to The Now Show’s take on it here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00l6fzl

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Twitterers claim victory over loaded Daily Mail gypsy poll

June 20th, 2009 | 38 Comments | Posted by in Newspapers, Online Journalism

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The UK-based Mail Online was forced to shut down one of its online polls yesterday after a concerted campaign by Twitter users and, Journalism.co.uk can reveal, UK-based psychologists, nearly brought their servers to a halt with an overwhelming ‘yes’ vote.

The poll, which asked the somewhat leading question “Should the NHS allow gipsies to jump the queue”, attracted ridicule from many within the Twitter community leading to, at one point a 96% vote in favour of the proposition.

Brighton-based senior lecturer in experimental psychology Dr Sam Hutton contacted Journalism.co.uk today to reveal that there was also an email campaign among UK-based psychologists who, as part of their jobs, take questionnaire neutrality seriously.

“One reason I think there were so many yes votes was because a psychologist got hold of it, and sent an email which quickly got copied to virtually every psychologist in the country, suggesting that we all vote yes as a way of protesting against such a ludicrously loaded question (psychologists care about questionnaire design),” Dr Hutton said.

“It clearly worked – it was actually 96% YES when I looked, but the server was struggling, and they have removed the poll completely now. A nice example of an online newspaper getting it wrong…”

This is the email that Dr Hutton, and psychologists all over the UK, received:

Here is an excellent example of how to phrase a neutral question from our friends at the Daily Mail… for all those interested in questionnaire design:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/polls/poll.html?pollId=1011506

Please do vote “yes”

Angered Twitter users have now vowed to take their campaign to all of the Daily Mail’s online polls, taking the opposite stance to the expected response, given the Mail’s reputation for having a ‘Middle England’  readership and an editorial line against what it sees as the liberal establishment.

Footnote: Readers from outside the UK might be also interested to read about the Mail’s history – in the 1930s it openly backed the British Union of Fascists, aka the Blackshirts.

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Haymarket revamps audio-visual industry site AVinteractive

August 1st, 2008 | No Comments | Posted by in Uncategorized

Haymarket’s title for the audio-visual industry AV has relaunched its website to create a more multimedia resource for readers.

AVinteractive has been fitted out with a new forum and blogs, as well as a commenting function on all articles.

Online polls are another new feature on the site’s homepage and a video channel, RSS news feed and improved site search have also been added.

The redesign was completed in-house by Haymarket.

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WSJ launches business women’s section

May 23rd, 2008 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Journalism, Newspapers

The Wall Street Journal has added a new section to its site for women in business.

Journal Women – aimed at ‘ambitious professional and executive women’ – will feature discussion boards, a blog, video content and online polls.

The new section comes after Forbes.com announced plans earlier this week of a social network for female business executives.

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