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[16 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 130 views]
6 online tools for investigative journalism

Investigative journalism has long been the marker by which news organisations – and journalists – measure their worth.

“As a journalist your main tool is talking to people and asking the right questions of the right people,” said civic technologist and self-described “OpenGov and data journalism geek” Friedrich Lindenberg in a webinar on investigative journalism tools for the International Centre for Journalists last week.

“This is still true, but also you can ask the right questions with the right databases. You can ask the right questions with the right tools.”

Lindenberg listed an arsenal of tools the investigative journalist can equip themselves with. Here are some of the highlights.


Lindenberg described DocumentCloud as a “shared folder of documents”, offering different folders that can be used for various investigations, control over who can access which documents, the ability to annotate different parts of documents, search throughout and embed segments or entire documents.

Even better, DocumentCloud looks for “entities” – such as people, companies, countries, institutions – identifies them and makes them searchable, which is especially useful for legal documents that may stretch into hundreds of pages when you are only interested in a few key points.

DocumentCloud is run by IRE but Lindenberg encouraged journalists to contact him at SourceAfrica.net, where an open source version of the software is available.

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[25 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 362 views]
Announcing three news:rewired+ training courses

Tickets for the next news:rewired digital journalism conference are selling fast following the recent announcement of the agenda and some great new speakers.

A news:rewired+ ticket entitles you entry to the main conference on February 3, 2015, PLUS your choice of one of three training courses to be held at MSN the following day.

The options are:

When news breaks, the process of discovering and verifying amateur footage is just the tip of the iceberg. Led by Jenni Sargent and Sam Dubberley of the Eyewitness Media Hub, this course will teach you how to legally and appropriately secure consent and the ownership rights of social networks, as well as how to protect your online archive from retrospective claims.

This workshop will demonstrate what underpins a successful infographic, from simple comparisons through maps and charts to diagrams, networks, processes and explanations. Tutor Lulu Pinney, a “freelance infographista” who previously worked at BBC News Online, will explain how to define your message and identify good material to work with, as well as the basic principles of visual design.

Learn how to put together a social media strategy that will get real results, whether the aim is to increase engagement, boost site traffic or make your content more easy to find. Led by Sue Llewellyn, this course is designed to get you thinking creatively about generating content your audiences will really want to engage with.

The news:rewired+ tickets are currently on sale for £335 +VAT.

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[18 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 482 views]
Announcing the agenda for the next news:rewired

We are delighted to announce the agenda for the next digital journalism conference news:rewired, to take place in London on Tuesday 3 February.

Organised by Journalism.co.uk, news:rewired brings together leaders in the industry to share their thoughts and experiences, discuss salient issues and give practical advice on tools and techniques for better journalism in the 21st century.

The full agenda and further information on the conference, which will be held at the MSN UK headquarters in London, can be found here, but some highlights of the day include:

Keynote speech

News:rewired will begin with a keynote speech from Aron Pilhofer, the Guardian’s executive editor for digital. Having joined the Guardian from the New York Times over the summer, Pilhofer recently announced a wave of changes to the Guardian newsroom and will discuss where he believes the industry is heading and how journalists can be prepared.

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[17 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 647 views]
Latest speakers announced for news:rewired February 2015

More speakers have been confirmed for the next news:rewired digital journalism conference, to be held in London on Tuesday 3 February.

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[21 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 1,051 views]
More speakers announced for news:rewired

We are pleased to announce the next batch of speakers for the upcoming news:rewired conference on Tuesday 3 February in London, including speakers from BuzzFeed UK, investigative site Bellingcat and the Guardian.

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[3 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 942 views]
Aron Pilhofer among first speakers announced for news:rewired

We are delighted to announce the first speakers for the next news:rewired digital journalism conference, including the Guardian’s recently appointed executive editor for digital Aron Pilhofer.

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[10 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 1,251 views]
The next news:rewired digital journalism event: Tuesday 3 February

After another sell-out day of tips, tools and trends in modern journalism in July, we can now announce the next news:rewired conference will take place on Tuesday 3 February 2015.

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[11 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 1,230 views]
news:rewired videos are now available

Videos of all the main sessions from the most recent news:rewired are now available to view.

The videos, produced in conjunction with BlackRook Media, cover all the key talks and workshops at the event on Wednesday 23 July, including:

  • New forms of engagement
  • Chat apps in news
  • Facebook for journalists
  • Collaboration – beyond the newsroom
  • Spreadsheets skills
  • A ‘start-up approach’ to news innovation
  • The journalist’s social media toolbox
  • And more…

If you attended news:rewired or purchased a digital ticket you should have already received an email detailing how you can view all of the videos.

If you have yet to buy a digital ticket, giving you access to all of the videos, you can find more information here.

The keynote speech from David Ho, editor for mobile, tablets and emerging technology at The Wall Street Journal, is available for all to view here.

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[23 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 1,702 views]
How one broadcaster is reaching the ‘YouTube Generation’


Delivering the closing presentation of today’s news:rewired conference, Stijn Lehaen, head of VRT’s ‘start-up’ shared his experiences of working for a large Belgium broadcaster, but in a division using the principles of a small, flexible business to reach the ‘YouTube Generation’
The YouTube generation, he said, are media users who want some control over the media they consume, if they choose what to watch or even create. In order to better engage younger users, he said his firm had outlined what he called the ‘four-pivot system’.
The first Pivot, ‘Publication’ drove VRT to switch from …

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[23 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 3,714 views]
12 social media tips, tools and techniques to help journalists work better

Social media experts at the news:rewired conference, in London today, shared their favourite online tools and techniques to make social media work harder for journalists.