How to turn data into a story

How to turn data into a story

By Paul Marsden The BBC released data on the geographical patterns of voting in the EU Referendum last June earlier today. The figures show how each council ward voted on June 23rd, allowing the corporation to form to a number of conclusions about the background of people who voted to leave and those that wanted to remain in the EU. The ward-by-ward voting also demonstrated how people living so close to each other thought so differently about the referendum. But how do you take data like this and make it…

Why do publishers do liveblogs?

Why do publishers do liveblogs?

By Paul Marsden Today is Transfer Deadline day, an unimportant day for many people but a very significant one if you happen to be a football fan. That is because it is the last day teams can sign and register new players before the end of the season. Obviously the media react to this in their typically understated manner, this Guardian parody imitating the drama injected into Sky Sports’ deadline day coverage is fairly accurate. However the coverage is far from confined to broadcasters. The age of online news has…

Five things journalists can learn from the New York Times’ 2020 report

Five things journalists can learn from the New York Times’ 2020 report

By Paul Marsden Last week the New York Times outlined a vision for the future of its newsroom – and its statements were particularly valuable for start-up newsrooms. The NYT, which was extremely self-critical in its leaked 2014 Innovation Report, was setting out its plan for long-term sustainability. That is no small deal for them, given the financial situation they currently find themselves in. But The NYT remains the home of some of the finest minds in the news business, so a detailed future plan from it deserves close scrutiny…

Start-up in focus: The Canary

Start-up in focus: The Canary

By Paul Marsden The polarisation of the electorate is increasingly becoming┬áde rigueur in 2016. Demonstrating this, one of Britain’s fastest growing start-up news websites launched just over a year ago, as Jeremy Corbyn was beginning his surprise stint as Leader of the Opposition. A wave of support for Corbynism had catapulted the longstanding MP from the backbenches into the spotlight of the mainstream media, where political commentators were particularly critical of Corbyn’s policies, associates and style. But the most successful part of Corbyn has been his ability to fire up…

Want to engage readers? Write about Brexit

Want to engage readers? Write about Brexit

By Paul Marsden The name of the game when it comes to online news is attention. Attention equals advertising, which equals money. That is why news organisations around the world are embroiled in a continual fist-fight for the eyeballs of readers. And (surprise, surprise) some of them play pretty dirty along the way, which is why the proliferation of fake news on social media has become a hot topic following the surprise election of Donald Trump as America’s new President. Why bother writing the truth, when you can produce stories…