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#Tip: Remember these data-scraping tools for journalists

April 22nd, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

The abundance of data in all its forms – from government departments and company accounts to sports measurements and social statistics – provides a constant stream of potential stories for the numerate and curious journalist.

As any experience data journalist will tell you, not all data is easily accessible and will often be uploaded in a less than accessible manner. This is where scraping tools come in.

Shelly Tan spent much of last autumn working on visualisations at NPR and discovered a number of handy web-scraping tools to make the job easier, as she explains in this blog post.

For further information on getting started in data journalism this guide on sources and tools for the job is a great place to start.

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#Tip: Follow our YouTube channel for weekly screencasts

April 15th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists
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By dominicotine on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Here at Journalism.co.uk we report on a lot of different digital journalism tools, and so we recently started to produce weekly screencasts to guide you through exactly how to use different platforms.

You can follow our screencasts on our YouTube channel, via our ‘how-to’ playlist, and we’re also publishing them with the addition of written steps on Journalism.co.uk. Our first screencasts include how to create montages and interactive images.

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#Tip: Learn how to use Weibo to find Chinese stories

March 31st, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Social media has become a vital tool for distributing content and its growing usefulness in finding stories and sources makes it a key part of the modern journalist’s toolbox.

Self-proclaimed social newswire Storyful has made a business out of finding stories on social media, far beyond the mainstream of Facebook and Twitter, and shared some tips on the subject recently.

In a blog post looking at how to “discover content” on Chinese social network Weibo, Storyful’s Sophia Xu said “its integration with other social platforms make it the first place where Chinese users spread news and share viral stories”.

The whole thing is well worth a read if you’re looking to find stories that may not have made it into the English-language media.

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#Tip: Remember these digital newsroom tools for 2014

January 20th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Journalism, Top tips for journalists
Image by JM. Some rights reserved.

Image by JM. Some rights reserved.

Apparently inspired by our recent article on key digital skills for journalists in 2014, the Newswhip team put together a list of tools that can help “put those skills into action”.

Verification, newsgathering, data visualisation and productivity all feature among the free tools and are well worth getting to grips with.

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#Tip: Bookmark Emergency Journalism for a wealth of tools and resources

December 6th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

For the last year the European Journalism Centre has been running a site called Emergency Journalism to provide news, tools and resources “for media professionals reporting in volatile situations”.

The resources section is particularly useful, with lists of tools for verification, content curation, newsgathering, data sources, freedom of information requests and more.

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#Tip: Take a note of this list of tools and apps via the ONA conference

November 14th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists
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Reporters from Gannett (which owns Newsquest in the UK, and a number of US-based outlets), who attended the ONA conference last month, were using this Tumblr blog to look at the expert pointers shared and subjects discussed during the event. One post in particular offers a great list of tools and apps which journalists can use for a multitude of tasks, including a number of ways to track social media, such as during breaking news events.

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#Tip: 6 file conversion tools for data journalists

October 15th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Top tips for journalists

If you are a data journalist, one of the necessary evils of producing insightful and original articles in a growing field is making sure your data set is readable by various different platforms and languages.

So check out this selection of tools for converting data into various different formats from data journalist Jean Abbiateci.

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#Tip: Get the opensource Chartbuilder for simplifying graphics

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By Jorge Fran Ganillo on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Well designed graphics are a quick and easy way to convey complex data or statistics to readers, but creating them quickly and easily is not always so simple.

Over at the Nieman Journalism Lab, Quartz reporter David Yanofsky explains how Chartbuilder is now open-source, helping “all of our reporters and editors become more responsible for their own content and less dependent on others with specialized graphics skills”. It could do the same for your newsroom.

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#Tip: Making numbers more accessible

July 10th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Financial-data

Sometimes in science writing, or reporting in general, the figures are so obscure that the journalist needs to translate the facts into something the reader can easily understand.

Over at Weird Converter they do exactly that, taking standard measures of weight, length, volume or duration and converting them into units that are more easily visualised. For example, it is 384,000 km to the moon. That would be like running 910.7 marathons.

Ever wondered how many American cockroaches standing end-on-end would make a Shaquille O’Neal? Or how many Tom Cruises would outweigh an Airbus A380? Well, now you know.

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#Tip: Install these Twitter add-ons for easily quoting and bookmarking articles

June 10th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Although 140 characters is a concise and scannable method of presenting news and stories from a readers point of view, sometimes whittling down those words can be a painful and laborious process.

There are, however, a few pieces of software that can sweeten the pill, as Amit Agarwal details in this blog post over at Digital Inspiration.

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