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  • Author: Alastair Otter

    Data visualisation & design, journalist, hacker.
    Media Picks #7 – Automated news, fixing news hyperlinks and radical designs

    Media Picks

    Media Picks #7 – Automated news, fixing news hyperlinks and radical designs

    Posted By Alastair Otter

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    Robot journalism: AP’s automated company reports are giving journalists more time to pursue other stories
    “Like all media, we are working with

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    Media Picks #6 – Integrated newsrooms, recycling news, and latte art with a journalism angle

    Media Picks

    Media Picks #6 – Integrated newsrooms, recycling news, and latte art with a journalism angle

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Media Picks #6 – 23 January 2015

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    In case you’re ever on the other side of the table, this is what you can

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    Media Picks #5 – Smart journalism, crowdfunding, online video and data journalism

    Media Picks

    Media Picks #5 – Smart journalism, crowdfunding, online video and data journalism

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Media Picks #5 – 16 January 2015

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    Smart move: Australian news site forges new media model by partnering with academics
    Australian site The

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    Media Picks #4 – Lean journalism, cooking up an app storm, suggestive headlines

    Media Picks

    Media Picks #4 – Lean journalism, cooking up an app storm, suggestive headlines

    Posted By Alastair Otter

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    For many of us the new year is the traditional time to be re-evaluating lives, making resolutions and planning for the year ahead. So, if

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    (New) Adventures in Ubuntu

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    (New) Adventures in Ubuntu

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    There was a time I was a Linux and free software evangelist. Over the past few years, however, work and life have conspired to make me a Windows user, albeit a reluctant one.
    A few weeks ago I bought a new cheapie laptop (an Acer

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    Media Picks #3

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    Media Picks #3

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    With the end of the year in sight retrospectives and predictions abound, headed up by Nieman Labs’ Predictions for Journalism for 2015. If you haven’t already checked this out it is definitely worth putting on your holiday reading list.
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    Media Picks #2

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    Media Picks #2

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    Podcasting is apparently back and there are dozens of excellent podcasts you ought to be listening to (this american life, serial, startup, radiolab, all songs considered, twit) but now we have an excellent new home-grown podcast in Jonathan Ancer’s

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    Media Picks #1

    Media Picks

    Media Picks #1

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    We’re nearing the end of 2014 at a rapid pace. So what better way to kick off the almost-holidays than with a new little side project? I’ve been failing dismally at maintaining my blog this past year so I’ve decided to get a head-start on

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    Hacking education data: a school finder

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    Hacking education data: a school finder

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Earlier this year, as part of another project, I downloaded the South Africa education department’s list of schools. At the same time I had a copy of the 2013 matric results for all public schools (at that stage in PDF format). It occurred to me

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    Instagramming the city

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    Instagramming the city

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    As part of some testing earlier today I was playing around with Instagram. I’ve never been a heavy user of Instagram but I was looking setting up an account for our newsroom. Along the way I got distracted by some of the great pictures I

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