New Scientist has published some beautiful maps exploring which are the remotest places on earth – given how much international transport we have available to us. “The maps are based on a model which calculated how long it would take to travel to the nearest city of 50,000 or more people by land or water. […]
From 1981: “Imagine, if you will, sitting down to your morning coffee, turning on your home computer to read the day’s newspaper. Well, it’s not as far-fetched as it may seem.” “It takes over two hours to receive the entire text of the newspaper over the phone, and with an hourly use charge of $5 […]
John Longhurst on the Canadian Journalism Project suggests journalists should be interviewed themselves from time to time, so they know what it’s like. And that the interview should be published, so they know what it’s like to have a stranger’s account of themselves on public display. I agree. I’ve been interviewed a few times over the years […]
I’m heartened by some ‘open’ developments in New Zealand. Firstly, kudos to Nat Torkington and Glen Barnes for setting up http://opengovt.org.nz, a website that promises to catalogue any government data that’s publicly available for download and further use. This is cool. It can become a useful port of call for anyone looking for data to […]
A few notes from a Webstock talk by Meg Pickard, then director of user and community experience at the Guardian. I enjoyed her riff on who the original hecklers were, and her points on how to engage with a news audience. Content, Communities, Collaboration, Curation Think about how to make media social, rather than how to make social […]
The good folks at TVNZ Media7 have kindly shared this cheery video tutorial on what the Official Information Act allows and how to use it.
A while back on Twitter I asked if anyone knew a collective noun for journalists other than ‘pack’. I was so taken with the replies that I thought I’d give them another airing here.
I was talking to my Dad the other night about what news looked like when he was young. He said they didn’t have a radio or a television, and the paper wasn’t delivered. “Only milk and bread were delivered in those days,” he said. The butcher and grocer would deliver if you called in your order. But not newspapers.
Tim Berners-Lee on link data.
Bad Science blogger Ben Goldacre talks about science coverage in the media and in the blogosphere.