New, free, online course: Identifying Misinformation Online. Aimed at #journalists , students and public. Covers qs such as how to tell if an image is photoshopped & basic info literacy skills. @firstdraftnews @ShorensteinCtr https://firstdraftnews.org/learn/
Over the last few months, I have been talking to journalists about their trials and tribulations with textual sources, trying to get as detailed a picture as possible of their processes, namely:
- how and in what format they obtain the text,
- how they find newsworthy information in the documents,
- using what tools,
- for what kinds of stories,
…among other details.
What I’ve found so far is fascinating: from tech-savvy reporters who write their own code when they need to analyze a text collection, to old-school investigative journalists convinced that printing and highlighting are the most reliable and effective options — and many shades of approaches in between. Continue reading “What do journalists do with large amounts of text?”
Starting on January 31st, you have an opportunity to help advance workplace equity, diversity, and inclusion in the global scholarly publishing industry.
All you need to do is give 10-15 minutes of your time and take the Workplace Equity (WE) survey. It is open to everyone who works in this sector at publishers, service providers, and the spectrum of related organizations, companies, and consultancies, and will remain open through March 14, 2018. A report on the findings will be presented at the SSP’s 40th Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, on June 1, 2018. Continue reading “Study to Assess Workplace Experiences, Practices, and Opportunities in the Scholarly Publishing Industry”
January 4, 2017 – Wheat Ridge, CO – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) invites scholarly communication professionals to join its Industry Announcements and Events online discussion group. The discussion group replaces the SSP-L list-serv and is part of SSP’s new C3 community platform. Announcements of conferences, events, or other resources of broad interest to the community are welcome. Press releases with newsworthy information of interest to SSP members should continue to be directed to SSP’s editors for potential inclusion in SSP’s various news outlets. Continue reading “Society for Scholarly Publishing (Re)launches Online Discussion Group for Industry Announcement and Events”
The prices of my 3 data journalism ebooks — Data Journalism Heist, Finding Stories in Spreadsheets and Scraping for Journalists — have been cut to $5 on Leanpub in the lead up to Christmas. And if you want to get all 3, you can also get the data journalism books bundle on Leanpub for more than half price over the same period, at $13. Get them while it lasts!
Earlier this year I announced a new MA in Data Journalism. Now I am announcing a version of the course for those who wish to study a shorter, part time version of the course.
The PGCert in Data Journalism takes place over 8 months and includes 3 modules from the full MA:
- Data Journalism;
- Law, Regulation and Institutions (including security); and
- Specialist Journalism, Investigations and Coding
And two weekend tickets up for grabs! https://twitter.com/elifeinnovation/status/922018809497751556 …
As part of the new MA in Data Journalism we have partnered with a number of organisations who are keen to bring data journalism expertise into their newsroom.
I am now inviting applications from people who want to work with The Telegraph during their MA in Data Journalism at Birmingham City University.
The Telegraph has a long history of data journalism, most famously breaking a series of stories around MPs’ expenses in 2009. Examples of its data journalism – ranging from sport and politics to text analysis and data video – can be found in its TeleGraphs section.
The news organisation is looking for applicants who are interested in developing the ability to clean and analyse data to find interesting stories; an awareness of tools that you can use to source and scrape data; and a knowledge of data visualisation in order to communicate your stories. Successful applicants will learn these skills on the MA course and have the opportunity to apply them in collaboration with The Telegraph.
“Data journalism at The Telegraph is about uncovering stories in data that people wouldn’t have otherwise known. Whether this is through scrutinising the day’s news to see what relevant data we can add to the story, or through longer investigations and analysis, data-driven reporting involves sourcing, cleaning, analysing and communicating data to tell interesting, innovative and important stories.
“We are here to provide exclusive analysis of complex, structured data with a view to finding the news stories within it and presenting it in compelling visual – as well as textual – ways. We want to see the same in data journalism students. They should be confident in figuring out solid news lines in data and knowing the best ways to visually communicate them.
If you are interested, please apply through the course webpage on the Birmingham City University website, specifying in your supporting statement that you are specifically interested in working with The Telegraph.
Please also indicate why you would be interested in working with the team, and what kind of stories you’d be interested in working on.
The Reuters Institute will be providing the latest insights into journalism and digital development in a new executive education seminar in November.
Oxford Perspectives – Envisioning the Newsroom in 2020 is tailored specifically for experienced journalists and newsroom managers who want to learn more about audiences, new formats, business models that work and current trends in journalism.
The two-day event in Oxford will also provide the opportunity to engage in discussions with international peers and to increase networks.
Getting involved by serving on a committee or task force is a great way to expand your network, gain valuable leadership skills and increase your personal and organizational visibility within the industry. Volunteer work allows professionals to build skills they may not have the opportunity to develop in their current job. Not only do volunteers learn more about the Society’s inner workings but they also gain knowledge and perspective from other committee members. Volunteering often leads to public recognition of your efforts and is a great way to make your mark if your current job doesn’t allow for much outward-facing interaction within the industry.
SSP has an active base of volunteers. Nearly 25% of our membership dedicates their time to helping SSP be successful in one way or another. We have a number of standing committees and active task forces where members can lend their expertise and time. Those interested in getting involved can learn more on our website, or can attend the Get Involved Luncheon at the 2017 SSP Annual Meeting, May 31-June 2 in Boston. At the luncheon you’ll hear from each of the chairs about the types of activities each committee is responsible for. It’s always helpful to see what you are getting yourself into.
Committee appointments (one-year terms, renewable) are typically made in June shortly after the Annual Meeting. The first step is to complete our online volunteer form.
Committee chair(s) for the committee(s) or task force(s) you indicate you would be willing to serve will be provided with your contact information at that time. All committee member appointments are approved by the President. We do have limited committee seats available, but there is turnover on our committees every year.