Earlier this week I put together a small set of scripts to track the amount of attention the Oscar Pistorius trial was getting in Twitter. With not only local but also international audiences keen to follow the murder trial of the celebrity athlete it wasn’tRead More
This week I spent some time working on an education project I have been dabbling with for a few weeks. Inevitably I eventually hit the PDF wall. The only place to get the extra data I needed to move the project forward was lockedRead More
This is a simple guide to creating an interactive map using Google’s Fusion Tables. I’m doing this guide because it took me absolute ages to get my head around this and once I did I realised how unbelievably simple the process is. So it’s timeRead More
Sometimes the hardest, or at least most time-consuming, part of data journalism is getting your hands on the data. This is particularly the case when you’re dealing with organisations and government departments that are not overly keen to have their data scrutinised. Take, for example, theRead More
I’m a geek at heart. I may work in the world of media but I suspect I’m more of a geek than I ever realised. This occurred to me recently while watching an episode of Triangulation, a fantastic podcast run by Leo Laporte. In thisRead More
There is only one story right now and that is the death of Osama bin Laden. So how to stand out from the crowd?
The New York Times has a new take on reader feedback in the opinion poll it published today. The mood-meter (for lack