Joel Abrams, an expert in online content strategy, offered a slew of tips at the recent Online News Association’s annual conference in New Orleans. They’re lessons he learned over two decades working for organizations such as Boston Globe Media, the Christian Science Monitor, Inc. Magazine and, more recently, as the manager of media outreach at The Conversation US. Abrams’ helpful tips include: using numbers in headlines and tweets, attaching charts to tweets, limiting hashtags (only use hashtags with terms and phrases that people are sure to be searching for on Twitter, unless you’re just using them as a joke), and sparking readers’ emotions.
Source: Journalist's Resource
The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas has teamed up with nine experts to teach students how to produce compelling stories using data and visualization. "Data Journalism and Visualization with Free Tools,” is a six-week course which will run from Oct. 14 to Nov. 24. Supported by the Google News Initiative, the course will be taught in English, Spanish, and Portuguese simultaneously. It promises to span entire pipeline of producing a data journalism story from gathering the data, organizing the data and cleaning it up, transforming it, exploring the data trying to find possible potential stories in it, as well as how to visualize the data, and build the final story.
Source: Knight Center
Even if you made it to #GIJC19 in Hamburg, you certainly wouldn't have had the time to drop in on every session. So for those who were there – and for those who weren’t – we’ve lined up dozens of resources, including panel round-ups, and tipsheets of all kinds on the gijc2019.com website. Check out tipsheets on cross-border projects, editing the investigative story, freedom of information, reporting war and conflict, the latest trends in data journalism, how to search the deep web, and techniques for teaching data and investigative journalism. You'll also learn more about investigating criminal networks, how to work with whistleblowers, advice for writing about survivors of child abuse, and ideas about reporting on climate change.
Launched at #GIJC19, Dictator Alert is a website that tracks the planes of authoritarian regimes all over the world. The project, run by Emmanuel Freudenthal and François Pilet, with support from OCCRP, expanded from a Twitter bot focused on Geneva. Dictator Alert uses data from ADSB-Exchange, as well as several antennas they installed themselves. The details of each plane captured by the antennas are compared with a list of aircrafts registered to, or regularly used, by authoritarian regimes. When a match is found, a message is published on the website.
Source: Dictator Alert
The Associated Press just launched AP DataKit, an open-source command-line tool designed to better structure and manage projects. The kit aims to makes it easier to standardize and share work among members of your team, and helps to keep your past projects organized and easily accessible for future reference. AP DataKit works off a basic framework that includes the core product and a few key plugins to help you manage where your data files and code are stored and updated. The kit includes cookiecutter templates so projects can be spun up quickly whenever needed; keeps all parts of a project cleanly separated including data, code, configuration, and documentation; and integrates with cloud storage and hosting.
Source: Associated Press
Moroccan journalist Hajar Raissouni appeared in court this week over accusations of abortion and sexual relations outside of marriage, for which she faces up to two years in prison. Her fiancé, her gynecologist, and the gynecologist’s two assistants are also facing accusations of abortion and complicity in abortion. Raissouni works for the daily Akhbar Al Yaoum, which is one of Morocco’s few critical newspapers. Prosecutors have stated that her arrest was not connected to her profession; however, in a letter from prison published on Al Yaoum 24 — a website associated with Akhbar Al Yaoum — she wrote that the police asked questions about her work as a journalist and about her relatives, including a prominent religious scholar and the editor-in-chief of Akhbar Al Yaoum. The trial will resume on September 25.
Source: Human Rights Watch