“Telling the story of Firestorm” – Jon Henley & Robin Beitra at Hacks/Hackers London

Carefully planned as a spectacular launch to the Guardian’s new Australian edition, “Firestorm” is a rich interactive telling the story of the astonishing forest fires that engulfed the town of Dunalley, which came to the world’s attention thanks to a…

“The who, what and why of UsVsTh3m” – Martin Belam at Hacks/Hackers London

On Tuesday evening I spoke at Hacks/Hackers London about one of the projects I’ve been working on for the last couple of months — UsVsTh3m. An experiment UsVsTh3m has been funded by Trinity Mirror. It is part of a series…

“The beginning, the middle and the end” was an event organised by Matt Locke’s Storythings agency, looking at the narrative of digital products. Nigel Smith was talking about the sometimes painful experience of closing the BBC Archer’s Messageboard, a topic…

At last month’s Hacks/Hackers London meet-up, ex-NME digital guy Luke Lewis talked about the launch of the UK edition of Buzzfeed. As a site being variously touted as the future of journalism and symptomatic of the very death of journalism,…

Last week I went to News On The Move II, an afternoon event organised by Press Gazette and hosted by Google. Here are my notes from a panel session entitled “How to make journalism work on tablet computers”, and I…

16 tapirs who think your attitude to “sponsored content” sucks

If the traditional news industry wants to keep on earning a share of digital marketing spend, it needs to solve the conundrum of “sponsored content”, “advertorial” and “brand journalism” online. No, I’m not actually going to litter this blog post…

And so it came to pass that after many hours and umpteen blog posts, I’d published all of my notes from Confab. And I’ve left one of the best until last. Erin Kissane gave a fantastic talk about using numbers…

Last week’s Hacks/Hackers London meet-up was themed around the funding of investigative journalism, and featured this talk from the Guardian’s legendary investigative reporter David Leigh. “The future for investigative journalism funding” – David Leigh David Leigh has an authoritative voice…

On the demise of Google Reader

The news of Google Reader’s demise has been widely greeted with dismay amongst the people who used it. It feels like an unpicking of one of the threads of the web. A few months ago I wrote about “The demise…

The closure of the BBC’s Archers message aboard was the subject of discussion on the Radio 4 Feeback programme this week. But a new hope for the community may have sprung from an unlikely source… A comment on one of…