Mona Chalabi

  • Data gives you a scale
  • Statistic can be misleading
  • It’s hard to understand sometimes where the numbers come from
  • There’s good and bad statistics
  • Political poll – it’s not accurate at all
  • Polling is very inaccurate now because of the way our society has changed
  • How was the data gathered?
  • Look at the survey properly, read every question.
  • How many people have answered the surveys, polls, questionnaires.
  • Who asks the questions
  • Go to the source of the survey, who wrote the survey . You need raw material. 

Is mobile news is changing journalism ?

mobile is becoming number 1 device for news but is it changing journalism, thats the unanswered question in our minds.

Statics have shown that social media has overcome print though it is yet to overtake online and TV.  Mobile news is infiltrating the daily lives of news readers as we spend a lot of time on our phones and it is a easier way to check the news outlet. We are just a tap away from the news on our phones. On the other hand the majority of news consumers still depend on the traditional news outlets, such as TV and Radio.

Social media is one of the easiest way to get a news story out quickly, if you have the right amount of followers and the right of hashtags your story could blow up. A lot of the younger generation rely on their social media to know what is happening in the world. This has indeed taken over the print, as they don’t have time to stop at a news stand and purchase a news paper, when in they’re holding the news in their hands. 

How analytics affects us in the newsroom

Analytics is effecting journalism in every way. We are always concerned on how many and how long people are reading our articles. 

Analytics is basically the logic behind the analysis date, it is typically large sets of data used by businesses. Everyday  millions of people surf the web. This is all watched over by the websites. Every time you click on their websites they calculate how long you spend there, to be more specific if you click on a certain article they will know exactly how long you’ve spent reading that article. This is used to help online newspaper as they know what article that should be going on their homepage.  An example of this was when BBC magazine used a story on their front page for ages because a lot of people were clicking on it, the story was about how the Finnish babies slept in boxes and how it had helped Finland achieve the lowest infant mortality rates. 

Analytics can come in handy when trying to create a great homepage, you need to know what your audience wants to read. 

Do we filter everything we do ?

Filter bubbles and echo chambers play a major part in our everyday lives.

We spend hours on the internet everyday, but behind every click we make, we make a choice of what we want to be seeing in our feeds or what they think we want to see.  Although filter bubbles are tailored for us to see the things we like on our feeds, it doesn’t mean its the things we should be seeing all the time.

It can be quite bias, as we will be seeing stories that we have already read on a different social media or have already researched. We make ourselves unaware of other things which are happening in the world because of these filter bubbles we are put in. Google is a big example of this, they tailor their search results just for you it isn’t just Google that does this, it’s every major social media ad search engine. Behind these filter bubbles there is an algorithm that was created for the big companies to know what we are looking at so they can tailor their stories at us. 

Filter bubbles was created to help capture our attention on social media and in fact it has. We spend majority of our times glued to our phones, tablets and computer screens reading stories that are picked for us. 

Has the digital journalism changed us ?

Digital development has changed our way of thinking and acting towards news?

Digital journalism started out in the UK around 1970s when teletext was created. It  could be said that digital journalism is killing out newspapers but really this is the time for newspapers to be turning into digital journalism as it will get more readers.

A lot of newspapers have already changed their way of selling online, they will increase the multimedia price and lower the print, this will improve their hardcopy sales. Digital journalism can be very different to newspaper as they are also a very driven by advertising. The difference with digital journalism and newspaper is that in digital journalism there isn’t a limit to what you can write, you can write 15 pages on anything, whilst on newspaper you have to have a specific topic and be very brief about it so that you grab people’s attention.

I don’t think newspapers should be worried about digital journalism because there is still people who are longing for the long-form journalism which is newspaper. This although only applies for good journalist who know how to write a story.