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  • Author: Alastair Otter

    Data visualisation & design, journalist, hacker.

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    Essential tips and tools for beginning data journalism

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    As the world of journalism changes many journalists are looking to learn new skills; skills better suited to an industry that is increasingly digitised and visual.  For many that probably entails learning something about data journalism and visualisation. But, if you’re from a strictly printed

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    That awkward moment when your competitors use your column to promote their paywall

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    The past couple of years have seen a fair amount of mud-slinging between the Times Media Group (TMG) and Independent Media but this week it reached a new crescendo.
    It began with a piece by Financial Mail’s Ann Crotty in which she asked if Independent

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    Data Viz: What happens when countries rely on coal to grow their economies?

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Laura Grant and I have just finished a brand new data and visualisation project on the effect coal has on carbon emissions in Bric countries. The data part was all the work of Laura while I spent a lot of time scratching my head of D3.js code (I’m still no expert but I learned a lot).

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    DataViz: Matric 2015 pass rate comparison

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    As part of another, bigger, project I was playing around with some ideas in d3.js and created this simple comparison between the provincial pass rates for Matric 2015 and the national pass average. The blue circle is set to equal 100%, no matter how many students there were in each province. The red circle reflects the pass rate for each province as a percentage.

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    How a free email newsletter turned a computer programmer into a Newsweek columnist

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Rusty Foster’s Today in Tabs may be heavy on snark, but it also stands at the intersection of some important trends — the retro intimacy of email, the dance of new and old media, and the next wave of aggregation.

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    What NPR learned about social media journalism in 2015

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    NPR’s social media desk looks back at 2015 and shares some of the many lessons it learned over the course of the year. Put some time aside for this because this is a pretty detailed list of lessons.

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    Six tricks to make your data visualisations look better

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Whatever software you’re using, there’s simply no excuse for accepting the defaults and not trying to make your charts look more professional. But where do you start? It’s easy to look at great design and agree that it’s great, but when you’re looking at an Excel

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    The Death of ‘Huffpost Live’: How to Fail at Video

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    HuffPost Live is dead. With its eight-hour-a-day streaming network, Huffington Post tried to do what every media company out there is scrambling to figure out: video. But, like too many of its desperate peers, HuffPo did exactly the wrong thing: It aped television news—worse, cable news.

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    New Media

    Reuters Institute’s Media, Journalism and Technology Predictions for 2016

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    This year’s key developments will centre on online video, mobile apps and further moves towards distributed content. Mounting problems around online display advertising will lead to a burst of innovation around journalism business models.

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    New Media

    Can ‘slow journalism’ work? Delayed Gratification is finding out

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Delayed Gratification takes its inspiration from the Slow Food movement, which is about promoting sustainable and high quality produce over mass food production. The idea is to put a new spin on topics that have already been extensively covered by the mainstream media through contextual analysis, along with original reporting, and charge £36 a year

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