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Computer Assisted Reporting (CAR): some theory

14 October 2008

Introduction

Here follows the lecture prompts for part I of my 2008/9 lectures on Computer Assisted Reporting (CAR). For part II on sources – see here.

Because of the speed at which new initiatives (and relevant research examples) come and go in this field, I’ll be adding updates on this post from time to time.

But to stay fully up to date with developments, keep an eye on my blog and website. (more…)

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Computer Assisted Reporting (CAR): some sources

30 September 2008

Here follows the lecture prompts for part II of my 2008/9 lectures on Computer Assisted Reporting (CAR). For part II on theory – see here (more…)

Tomorrow’s news is already out there

21 June 2008

Last week I was asked about tracking the use of keywords used in web search.

This is an area of most concern to web developers, but can serve several journalistic purposes too.

From an archival point of view, it can give you an insight into the terms being used by your audience, allowing you to optimise the metadata for your content to make it easier for them to find.

It can also provide you with a means of auditing how you are doing against your competitors in the field, in terms of your coverage (and your competitor’s coverage), compared with what subjects people are interested in (and hence searching for). (more…)

Connecting for Care: new social care source

12 June 2008

Journalists seeking contributors in the world of caring would do well to keep tabs on a new ‘virtual network’ Connecting for Care.

 

Set up by Intel, the site aims to provide a space for carers to communicate with each other, and seek out advice.

 

Given our ageing population will need to be looked after somehow, caring (whether voluntary or professional) is bound to shoot up the news agenda in the coming years.

They fuck you up, family history sites

6 May 2008

Every now and then the issue of where to find family history online crops up in my training.

This is especially pressing for any news story which preceeds the mid-90s, when most national newspapers came online. Trying to unearth descendants, relatives and stories concerning people from the past (for the sake of argument, lets say an alleged fascist vicar) can be time consuming and logistically fraught, if you have to rely on local parish records and National Archives. (more…)