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  • Author: Alastair Otter

    Data visualisation & design, journalist, hacker.
    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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    Visualising China-Africa trade

    visualisation

    Visualising China-Africa trade

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Over the past few months I’ve been trying to learn D3.js, the extremely powerful Javascript visualisation library. As a relative newcomer to Javascript (some background in PHP) D3.js has been a challenge. I first started trying to learn D3.js in April 2014 but gave up

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    Media Picks #11 – Digital storytelling, web versus apps, making economics fun

    Media Picks

    Media Picks #11 – Digital storytelling, web versus apps, making economics fun

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Media Picks #11 – 27 February 2015

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    New York Times to double the number of stories open for comment on its

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    Media Picks #10 – Immersive stories, the algorithms are coming & don’t post Facebook pictures

    Media Picks

    Media Picks #10 – Immersive stories, the algorithms are coming & don’t post Facebook pictures

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Media Picks #10 – 20 February 2015

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    The company automating stories for AP now has its sights set on sports journalism
    A

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    Media Picks #9 – No home pages, the end of Twitter buttons, FTW!

    Media Picks

    Media Picks #9 – No home pages, the end of Twitter buttons, FTW!

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Media Picks #9 – 13 February 2015

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    The news site with no site: NowThis drops website, goes all-in on social
    NowThis, which was

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    Media Picks #8 – Killing comments, the real value of paywalls and tips from the experts

    Media Picks

    Media Picks #8 – Killing comments, the real value of paywalls and tips from the experts

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Media Picks #8 – 6 February 2015

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    It’s Friday, so why don’t we start this week’s email newsletter with a

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    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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