Category Archives: MAOJ

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Datamud

For the past few weeks I have been working on another project for my MA Online Journalism course.

This is an investigation into some of the facts and figures of the UK music festivals.

The site will be updated over the next few days, so stay tuned and, of cours,e any feedback, much appreciated.

http://www.datamudwordpress.com


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Festivals: what would you like to know?

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Crime, weather, value for money? What stats would help you out this festival season? Read more [...]

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MA Online Journalism: Multimedia Journalism Breadth Portfolio

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As part of my MA Online Journalism studies I recently produced a series of projects in Multimedia Journalism (which appear on this site). Here is the Critical Analysis for those projects. Read more [...]

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Another flash project …

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As I gather my portfolio together for my MA Online Journalism Multimedia module, I discovered my first ever Flash project. Sad story, a British student missing in America, where he was studying. I decided to take the facts of the story and turn it into a roll-over breakdown. It's basic, but it works. It still needs an embedded link (to the Facebook group) and some embedded video, but it works as a basic test of the theory. [kml_flashembed publishmethod="static" fversion="8.0.0" movie="http://carolinebeavon.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/jonny-dorey.swf" Read more [...]

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UK Festival headliners map

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An interactive Flash map, showing the headline bands for this summers UK festivals Read more [...]

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Audio slideshow – music news bulletin

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It was only a matter of time before I harked back to my old job of knocking out music news bulletins for the rock loving masses! Instead of a straight bulletin read though, I decided to turn a standard bulletin (recorded into my laptop with a clip on mic and with Audacity) into an audio slideshow. The Process Write the Bulletin Check the main music news websites (including NME.com, Kerrang.com and Gigwise) as well as the press releases I have received, for the top stories of the day. write Read more [...]

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Ian Huntley coverage (news and Twitter)

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Following the news that Soham killer Ian Huntley was attacked in prison over the weekend, I decided to have a look at the reaction this story was getting online. First, a quick look at how the story was handled in 2 very different newspapers. Using the ManyEyes Word Tree visualization, I copied articles from The Guardian and The Daily Mail to see how the name Huntley was handled, and which words followed it in the articles. Can YOU guess which visualization belongs to which newspaper? Read more [...]

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Producing a video report entirely on an Iphone

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Ok, for my next trick (ok, uni project) I am going to look into filming and editing a video report all on my iPhone. My plan is to record some stuff "to camera" (Ie me speaking and setting up the story), a clip of an interview and some cutaways or establishing shots. My plan it so get something that is tv-news report like, but turned around quickly and uploaded to Youtube within minutes. Has anyone out there tried this, or know of anyone elses work I can have a look at? In terms of a Read more [...]

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Looks like I’m not into metal any more Toto

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Data can be an interesting and eye opening thing. I decided to cut and paste some sections of my ITunes library into Google Docs and create a data set from Artist Track, Genre and Plays. sort tracks by PLAY COUNT remove TIME, BITRATE, DATE ADDED and TRACK NO columns scroll down to the bottom of the tracks with "2" plays select every song with 2+ plays CTRL+C open a blank spreadsheet (I use Google Docs) and CTRL-V into the top left corner of the page the Itunes data appear in the Read more [...]

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Glastonbury data mashup

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As part of my MA Online Journalism I have been playing around with some data from the Glastonbury festival archives. I wanted to show the statistical history of the festival, through a visual media. Read more [...]

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Visit to BBC User Generated Content (UGC) Hub

As part of the MA Online Journalism at Birmingham City University, we visited the BBC User Generated Content Hub. They gather, process and distribute images video and audio sent into them from the general public. Matthew Eltringham heads up the department. Read more [...]

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Breaking Waves A Google Waves Experiment

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Link to Breaking Waves: Birmingham Snow Wave Breaking Waves A Google Waves Experiment BACKGROUND OF GOOGLE WAVE Google Wave was previewed to Google employees on May 27th 2009. Described as a “personal communication and collaboration tool” it was gradually rolled out from September 2009 via invitation. A combination of instant messenger and email, users could send messages to their contacts in a chain (similar to Google Mail) but then move back UP the chain, and insert text, images, video Read more [...]

“Caroline is very prompt and easy to work with. As well as easily working from spreadsheets and piles of data – she’s able to turn them into accurate and interesting graphics. These really helped bring complex topics to life.’’ Anna Leach Editor of Ampp3d, the Mirror’s data blog & Susan Topping Group Art Director – Nationals Magazines and Supplements