A Retrospec For The Future

As applications open for the 2015 round of OpenNews fellows, I reflect on my time and the first round of fellowships. The process was very different. We weren’t OpenNews then, we were just Knight-Mozilla fellows. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. But we made friends, immediately. Looking back, what surprises me … Continue Reading →

Don’t Write It, Don’t Record It, Be A Chicas Poderosas And Build It

Meet the Chicas Poderosas who invaded La Nacion in San Jose, Costa Rica: We are myself, a data journalist at Times Newspapers Limited, the amazing Irene Ros, Javascript programmer at Bocoup, and the fabulous Marianna Santos, International Center for Journalists fellow 2013. We are designers, programmers, journalists. All whom happen to be women and work … Continue Reading →

Get Busy Building Before You Get Busy Funding

I spoke at the latest HacksHackers London meetup along with three of my other OpenNews Fellows. Also speaking was John Bracken from the Knight Foundation and Bobbie Johnson who successfully started Matter on Kickstarter. Chronic blogger, Martin Belam has a good round up (see links) where he mentions my ‘rallying cry’: “You have no excuse … Continue Reading →

DataMinerUK: What I Do And How

What I Do Data journalism has sprawled into an all-encompassing term meaning new digital journalism excluding social media/community. In other words, news generated from a newsroom which doesn’t solely consist of text print. However, there is a wide variety of fields interwoven and interrelated into the term data journalism. So when asked about getting into data … Continue Reading →

Hacktivities at the Mozilla Festival 2012

Last weekend (9-11 November 2012) saw the second Mozilla Festival. Over a thousand people came through the doors of Ravensbourne College, packing 9 floors and hacking to their hearts content. Digital journalism super stars Aron Pilhofer, Brian Boyer, Scott Klein, Miranda Mulligan and the Guardian Interactive Team were in attendance. I optimistically decided to run two … Continue Reading →