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  • Author: Alastair Otter

    Data visualisation & design, journalist, hacker.

    Data

    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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    The Journalist’s Learn To Code Resource Guide

    Tech

    The Journalist’s Learn To Code Resource Guide

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Whether you think that journalists would be better off learning a little code or not, this list of learning resources for journalists (and other mere mortals) is fantastically comprehensive.

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    AP experiments with live streams as appetite for video grows

    New Media

    AP experiments with live streams as appetite for video grows

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    The amount of live video output produced by The Associated Press (AP) increased by 25 per cent last year, to 2,073 live stories and events covered between October and December, compared to 1,605 during the same period in 2014.

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    Bloomberg’s 2015 in graphics

    Data

    Bloomberg’s 2015 in graphics

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Bloomberg picks its favourite graphics of 2015. Put some time aside because this could be a complete time-sink. From the Fifa scandal to the fact that Americans are addicted to trucks, this is deep dive into data and graphic visualisation.

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    5 digital journalism predictions for 2016

    New Media

    5 digital journalism predictions for 2016

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    The disruption of television, rise of the podcast and growth of online video are some of the key trends that could mark 2016, digital strategist Nic Newman outlined in his Media, Journalism and Technology Predictions report published today.

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    How to get rich or die podcasting

    New Media

    How to get rich or die podcasting

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Despite a successful career in public radio, Alex Blumberg says he never showed any “entrepreneurial spunk.” That was before he and Matt Lieber launched Gimlet, which has attracted at least 4 million monthly listeners and $1.5 million from investors.

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    How Vox Media grew from a sports blog into one of the internet’s biggest publishers

    New Media

    How Vox Media grew from a sports blog into one of the internet’s biggest publishers

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    “It’s been a bit surreal watching it all happen, and at times a little bit unbelievable. It takes my breath away at times, but in a lot of ways it makes sense because [the sites] all have a commonality to them, and that is the

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