Happy new year, all!
Here's the very first digest of links relevant to practitioners of engaged journalism in 2020, to start the year right.
(I might have cheated a little by writing this yesterday… )
Look, when is journalism going to take esports seriously?
How many newspapers do you know with esports sections? With gaming coverage outside reviews?
The coverage of the market is massively below its economic importance, as this story might hint:
Podcasts are more versatile than you think
Whenever a medium becomes hot, you get gurus springing up, telling you how you should do things. One of the reasons I will probably never be rich as a consultant is that I always emphasise experimentation and learning, rather than out-of-the-box solutions.
Posts like this give me faith that I'm doing the right thing, though: it turns out that some really unexpected formats can be really effective in podcasts. If you’re still obsessing about there being a discernible “formula” for successful podcasts, well, this should shake your worldview a little:
The journalist's guide to reverse image search
This is a hugely useful guide to reverse image search, which is crucial for fact-checkers, investigative journaists - and journalists in general. As ever, bellingcat are providing great resources — for free.
Rebuilding the people's web
Anil Dash – one of the earliest bloggers, and one whom I've been lucky enough to meet a couple of times — has foudn his mojo again in recent weeks, and has been writing some great stuff about the tension between the open web and the platforms.
This is well worth your time:
Life as a Stack Overflow moderator
This is a fascinating insight into how life as a mod on Stack Overflow actually works. If you're at all interested in content moderation, this is for you…
How the GoPro media team work
This video is a fascinating insight into how GoPro's media team makes those apparently "spontaneous" action videos:
Happy New Year to you all. Feel free to send me any suggestions for great pieces you've read — or even better, written.