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  • Author: Alastair Otter

    Data visualisation & design, journalist, hacker.

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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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    New Media

    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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    New Media

    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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    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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