Digital journalism is devastatingly simple – but still a huge leap to be celebrated when we get it right, Mr Greenslade

On Friday, I blogged about the remarkable success the Manchester Evening News was having in raising money for the Manchester Dogs Home, part of which had been torched in what is apparently an arson attempt. In 24 hours, the MEN raised over £1million for the Home. It was, I said on Friday, a stroke of digitalContinue reading “Digital journalism is devastatingly simple – but still a huge leap to be celebrated when we get it right, Mr Greenslade”

Removing all trace of appearing in a vox pop … or why using the ‘right to be forgotten’ is an own goal

What sort of person contacts Google to make the most of the ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling which entitles people to demand the search engine remove any results about themselves which they think are ‘outdated’ or ‘irrelevant.’? This week, publishers began to find out who was making the most of the opportunity served up byContinue reading “Removing all trace of appearing in a vox pop … or why using the ‘right to be forgotten’ is an own goal”

FOI Friday: The cost of murder, shoplifting hotspots, firefighter complaints and the return of wrong fuel in cop cars

The cost of Murder – Birmingham Mail West Mercia Police spend fortune in bid to track down killers and see justice done A Midland police force has spent more than £2.5 million on just FIVE murder investigations in the last five years. The cases were the most expensive investigated by West Mercia Police, according toContinue reading “FOI Friday: The cost of murder, shoplifting hotspots, firefighter complaints and the return of wrong fuel in cop cars”

FOI Friday: Councils profiting on death, the food police, monitoring the impact of cuts and gun injuries uncovered

10 good examples of FOI in action from the local, regional and (in one case), national press: 1. One ‘L’ of an FOI – Yorkshire Evening Post The YEP made the most out of a familiar FOI – asking for stats relating to driving tests – to create something which was much more informative than theContinue reading “FOI Friday: Councils profiting on death, the food police, monitoring the impact of cuts and gun injuries uncovered”

DATA: Where are we?

Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at the Futureeverything conference in Manchester about data journalism. I was on a panel with three people who are been right at the forefront of datajournalism, which rather begged the question as to what I could add. Those three were Paul Bradshaw,  Chris TaggartContinue reading “DATA: Where are we?”

FOI Friday: Uni expenses, shoplifting, driving tests and a speed camera success story

1. The expenses of university top bods With £9,000 a year tuition fees very likely for many students starting university, there’s probably never been a better time to stick the finances of universities under the FOI microscope. The Sunday Sun has done just that, asking for the expenses of senior officials at universities in its areas:Continue reading “FOI Friday: Uni expenses, shoplifting, driving tests and a speed camera success story”

FOI Friday: Expensive mayors, pensioner coppers, dirty takeaways and expensive Town Hall art

  1. Can we afford mayors these days? In these tight times, can councils afford to continue to fund the role of mayor? One way of finding out would be to ask how much the role of mayor has cost over the past five years. Guardian Local Leeds reports on the very detailed breakdown releasedContinue reading “FOI Friday: Expensive mayors, pensioner coppers, dirty takeaways and expensive Town Hall art”