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…