I went in to work today

I went in to the office today for the first time since 18 March. It was odd, because it basically reminded me of all the downsides of working at home no chit-chat change of scene is good oh my god…

Q oh none

There is a really good opinion piece on the New York Times website by Charlie Warzel about QAnon worth a read. As someone who has spent years writing about the internet and social media and essentially most people treating the…

You are never too old for a career first

You are never too old for a career first

I had my first ever magazine front cover story this week. It is for the B2B magazine InPublishing, and is about what it has been like being a journalist working from home during the pandemic – and being one of…

Piers Jones

Terrible news this week that my former Guardian colleague Piers Jones has passed away. We worked on many projects together when I was doing information architecture and user experience work at the Guardian, and Piers was in the product management…

“You are part of our gang” – running news social media accounts during an election campaign

“You are part of our gang” – running news social media accounts during an election campaign

Having run social media accounts for both the Mirror and the Guardian during election and referendum campaigns, here’s a long rambling brain dump about the whole thing… I suppose one of the things that has driven my career over nearly…

“How do Le Monde do Snapchat Discover?” – Jean-Guillaume Santi explains at #ijf17

I’m at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, and this is a guest post from Beth Ashton, who is Head of audience at the Manchester Evening News. These are her notes from a session entitled “How Le Monde reports the…

“Humans are the secret weapon” – Cassie Werber talks about Quartz at #ijf17

I’m at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, and these are my notes from a session entitled “Science, data and innovation in digital journalism” featuring Cassie Werber talking about Quartz “Things” Cassie, who also helps run London’s Hacks/Hackers, spent some…

“Not just cool graphs: data journalism for investigations” – notes from the panel session at #ijf17

“Not just cool graphs: data journalism for investigations” – notes from the panel session at #ijf17

I’m at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, and here are my notes from a panel about data journalism featuring my colleague Caelainn Barr alongside Mar Cabra, Daniele Grasso and Paula Guisado. Daniele Grasso, El Confidencial Daniele Grasso works at…

3 ways we’ve been looking at working with algorithms at the Guardian

I’m at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, and tomorrow I’ll be talking on a panel entitled “Collaborating with algorithms” alongside Greg Barber, Nicholas Diakopoulos, Christina Elmer and Jacqui Maher. I thought I’d share some of the jotted down thoughts…

“That’s the wrong bloody TARDIS mate!”

“That’s the wrong bloody TARDIS mate!”

Always good to be reminded how niche your specialist knowledge is. On Wednesday morning in the Guardian we had a spread looking at who might be the next Doctor Who, illustrated with a picture of the TARDIS. But not Peter…