FAQ: Big data and journalism

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The latest in the series of Frequently Asked Questions comes from a UK student, who has questions about big data.

How can data journalists make sense of such quantities of data and filter out what’s meaningful?

In the same way they always have. Journalists’ role has always been to make choices about which information to prioritise, what extra information they need, and what information to include in the story they communicate.

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INTERVIEW: Claudia Canavan, online editorial assistant at Esquire

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Claudia is an online editorial assistant at Esquire magazine and spoke to Jump for Journalism about studying journalism, unpaid internships and her top tips to excel in this industry:

When did you know you wanted to pursue a career in journalism, and why did you?

I’ve always wanted to write, and figured out at school that magazine journalism was the best way to do that for a living, as well as writing about the things that interest me (style, arts, tech, health).

What training did you have and how do you think it helped you?

I did an undergrad degree at the University of Manchester (where I was the fashion editor of the student paper) and then an MA in Magazine Journalism at City University. It helped me immeasurably – it taught me how to write concisely, in an engaging tone, for a specific audience and it gave…

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When one door closes

It’s been a heady week for me, and the oft-repeated phrase involving doors closing and opening has never rung truer. However, it’s extra weird when it is the same door closing and opening. A few days ago, I went to London in the middle of the Tube strike for a job interview. It was an unpaid internship position (paid expenses, though) for an environmental-friendly business magazine – right up my alley. I thought the interview went well, and surprised myself by thinking: “Thank God for Malaysia SME.”

That’s something I never thought I would think or say, after all the drama I went through. But my love for small teams has led to me gaining knowledge in marketing, sales, partnerships and event collaborations besides getting editorial and design experience.

So I thought I was able to answer the interview questions quite well. Then I spent the day with an ex-college mate traipsing around London, giving in to my Asian culinary longings – nasi lemak, zap fun, shisha and sushi.

All the while I worried what it would be like if I did get the job – would I spend half the week in London and the other half in Cheltenham? Would this make my rented room kind of redundant? How would I juggle finishing my projects, freelance work, and thesis with this job? I mean, I knew I could. Because I have *hem hem* amazing time management skills. But I am a worrier and a perfectionist, and no way having that amount of stuff on my plate will result in constant perfection on all counts.

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FAQ: What does blogging add to journalism?

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Its been a while since I posted a post answering Frequently Asked Questions. This one comes from a student in Holland, whose thesis revolves around the idea that ‘Blogging adds little to journalism

What’s the difference between blogging and traditional journalism?

I’ve answered this and similar questions in a previous FAQ on journalism vs blogging.

What are the pros and cons of blogging compared to other forms of journalism?

That post and other older FAQs probably give some further answers, but a short answer is: blogging provides an extra space to invite people into your journalism and provide opportunities for them to contribute additional information, suggested avenues of inquiry, etc.

It helps build the relationship between journalist and source in a way that standard formats don’t always provide.

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INTERVIEW: Sian Lewis, journalist and founder of ‘The Girl Outdoors’.

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Sian Lewis is the founder of The Girl Outdoors – a blog full of adventure and travel. As well as her passion for blogging, she studied magazine journalism as a post-graduate diploma, completely various internships, and managed to bag herself a full-time, paid staff writer role at Future Publishing. Find out how…

When did you know you wanted to pursue a career in journalism, and why?

I always wrote diaries and read obsessively when I was growing up. I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I studied Italian at the University of Bath, mainly so I could go and live in Rome for a year! But in my first year I took over the features section of the uni newspaper and absolutely loved writing and designing articles. A few years as the features editor was enough to get an internship with Bristol’s Venue Magazine one summer.

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News academy to train teens.

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If you’re a teen desperate to break into the big wide world of journalism, KEEP READING.


News UK has recently launched the News Academy, a brand-new initiative which aims to find and train teenagers who are keen to develop their skills into journalists. New UK’S chief executive, Mike Darcey, called on 16-18 year-olds who were interested in a journalism career to sign up to the News Academy. He said:

“The way people consume news may change, but it will always be our job to provide high quality news, entertainment, comment and opinion and to challenge the world around us to equip our readers to make informed decisions in their lives. Through the News Academy, we hope to help and inspire the newsmakers of tomorrow to continue fulfilling this vital role.”

Staff members of this new academy will be looking for potential students by holding conferences in London, Manchester, Cardiff…

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