On Friday we will hear a presentation from our final guest speaker of the semester, Maria Balinska, the founder and editor of Latitude News. She has asked that we read the following materials in advance of her talk:
- “No Such Thing as ‘Foreign’ Anymore,” by Maria Balinska, Nieman Reports, Winter 2013
- “Linking local and global news,” by Maya Rock, Princeton Alumni Weekly, Jan. 16, 2013
- The video that accompanied Latitude News’ Kickstarter campaign. (I showed it in class earlier in the semester, but you may want to see it again.)
- “Leaving the Newsroom to Launch Online Startups,” by Carl Straumsheim,
American Journalism Review, April/May 2012
Here is the presentation from our recent class discussion on Web metrics and the hazards therein.
Here are some links to accompany our class discussion today:
- Baristanet, a community website that covers Montclair, N.J., and several surrounding communities.
- Latitude News, the international-news site founded and edited by Maria Balinska, who will be our guest speaker this Friday.
- GlobalPost, a Boston-based for-profit international-news site founded by media entrepreneur Phil Balboni and edited by former Boston Globe foreign correspondent Charles Sennott.
- Global Voices Online, a nonprofit website that tracks citizen media around the world. Founded at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.
A few links for what I hope will be a quick opening discussion:
Many thanks to Boston Globe creative technologist Chris Marstall (back row center and at left) and crew for giving us a tour and demo in the Globe Lab on Tuesday evening. We got a look at how the Globe and Boston.com use Instagram and Vine, got some insight into how to track online censorship in China and learned about some projects that are still on the drawing board.
At this point, you should all have received an email giving you directions to the Boston Globe. We will meet in the lobby at a few minutes before 7 p.m. on Tuesday for a presentation in the Globe Lab. We will not have class on Tuesday morning.
The Nieman Journalism Lab published a good story on the Globe Lab a year and a half ago that is still worth reading. You can follow the Globe Lab on Twitter here. The lab also has a Tumblr that isn’t updated all that often but is worth scanning through.
Click on image to access an interactive map with data
Many thanks to Matt Carroll of the Boston Globe for a terrific presentation on making data visualizations with Google Fusion. Here is a map based on data Carroll gave us about campaign contributions to President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney.