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How the Guardian is facing the challenges of covering coronavirus | Elisabeth Ribbans | Opinion | The Guardian
There are three formal news meetings on coronavirus every day in which desks liaise on stories. Issues of proportionality and tone are regularly discussed, with advice also circulated on use of language. As Nick Hopkins, executive editor of news, says, “single words can make a difference”. Readers are listened to on this, and any concerns forwarded to relevant staff. Dramatic words, such as “surge” for example, which appeared in a 5 March headline as UK cases rose to 116, are now used advisedly.
cv  Guardian 
14 days ago by paulbradshaw
Samaritans drop new chief executive after bullying claims | Society | The Guardian
Samaritans have abandoned the appointment of their new CEO after a Guardian investigation revealed claims that the Alzheimer’s Society paid out as much as £750,000 to staff who signed non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) during his tenure there.
impacteg  charities  Guardian  ij 
4 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Data showing 9% fall in England rough sleeping 'not fit for purpose' | Society | The Guardian
Out of 317 local authorities who revealed their method of counting, just 25% conducted a count-based estimate of visible rough sleeping. A further 104 (33%) made an evidence-based estimate meeting including a spotlight count in specific areas. And 43% conducted an evidence-based estimate meeting with local partners, without going outside to perform a count.
baddata  dj  homelessness  Guardian 
4 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Revealed: the areas in the UK with one Airbnb for every four homes | Airbnb | The Guardian
The Guardian cross-referenced a database of more than 250,000 Airbnb listings with government housing stock figures to calculate the “penetration rate” of Airbnbs in 8,000 areas across England, Wales and Scotland. Across the whole of Great Britain, there were 0.8 Airbnb listings for every 100 homes.
Listings data – covering the six months to January – was provided by Inside Airbnb, a non-commercial project that aims to highlight the impact of the service on residential housing markets.
dj  airbnb  Guardian  housing  tourism  gigeconomy 
5 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
What is gender pay gap reporting, and what does it mean? | Society | The Guardian
What’s the difference between the mean and the median figures?
When talking about the gender pay gap people tend to talk about the median figure rather than the mean. The mean is calculated by adding up all of the wages of employees in a company and dividing that figure by the number of employees. This means the final figure can be skewed by a small number of highly paid individuals. The median is the number that falls in the middle of a range when everyone’s wages are lined up from smallest to largest and is more representative when there is a lot of variation in pay.
mean  median  averages  Guardian  gender  dj  explainer 
10 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Betfred owner linked to firm that advises people struggling with high debt | Gambling | The Guardian
Companies House filings reveal that Fred Done also invested £150,000 in Angel Advance, a debt management company set up in 2013 and part-owned by other members of the Done family.
accountseg  done  gambling  debt  Guardian 
10 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Betfred owners make millions from company treating gambling addicts | Society | The Guardian
Analysis of government contracts reveals it holds at least £2.5m with public sector bodies, including the Houses of Parliament, local authorities and the Ministry of Defence. The true figure is likely to be much higher because some multimillion-pound contracts are awarded to multiple firms and are not itemised to show which company earned what.
gambling  investigation  Guardian  betting  health  addiction  accountseg  donations 
10 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Serious crime victims wait longer for justice after court days cut | Law | The Guardian
The Guardian analysed the listings for all crown courts in England and Wales on one day in December and found that of the 729 available courtrooms showing on the government’s Xhibit system, which relays hearing information, 350 were not sitting.
dj  courts  sampling  guardian  justice 
10 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
The Guardian on Instagram | Technology | The Guardian
Every Friday, thousands of viewers tune in to watch Fake or for real? on Instagram Stories. We launched this series in December 2016 to encourage our audience to familiarise themselves with the common traits of fake stories.
Instagram  stories  Guardian  video 
december 2019 by paulbradshaw
'Off-rolling' hides true extent of disadvantage gap in schools – study | Education | The Guardian
Analysis by FFT Education Datalab found an increasing number of pupils, both disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged, leaving mainstream schools last year for an unknown destination. In total, 24,600 disappeared from school rolls compared with 22,000 the year before, amid concern around “off-rolling”, whereby schools remove difficult or low-achieving pupils so that they are not included in their GCSE results.
dj  education  offrolling  datalab  Guardian 
december 2019 by paulbradshaw
The Guardian reaches 1 million YouTube subscribers after doubling longer-form videos - Digiday
Guardian has made strides in its YouTube views, subscriber growth and engagement over the last year, according to Tubular Labs data, without drastically increasing output. Instead, it’s made fewer one-minute videos, which were previously the most uploaded length in the year between September 2017 and September 2018. The number of videos created that are longer than 20 minutes has doubled, taking the total to 315.
guardian  length  YouTube  onlinevideo 
september 2019 by paulbradshaw
The Guardian was right to use a graphic image – but lessons have been learned | Paul Chadwick | Opinion | The Guardian
To weigh images such as these, the standards guiding most serious newsrooms include: do not use gratuitously; provide context; give appropriate warnings; consider the sensitivities of the grieving; and respect the dignity of the deceased. And explain your decision – even readers who would have made a different call, who may be angered or upset by the image, will appreciate an account of your reasoning.

When the Guardian published the image on digital platforms and in print, dozens of readers disagreed strongly. Some thought it disrespectful, others insensitive, even racist. Anguished emails flowed in. Several readers who endorsed the journalistic imperative nevertheless protested at the way the Guardian handled the image.
ethics  taste  images  graphic  guardian  immigration  sm  decency 
july 2019 by paulbradshaw
‘Credible evidence’ Saudi crown prince liable for Khashoggi killing – UN report | World news | The Guardian
The Guardian can now reveal it has been warned that its journalists have been targeted by a hacking unit inside Saudi Arabia.
Despite repeated requests to the Saudi authorities to address the claims, and to provide reassurance that no such operation is under way, the kingdom has refused to do so.
hacking  guardian  saudi  security 
june 2019 by paulbradshaw
INMA: The digital transformation of newsrooms to become reader first
This is a new situation in which the management focus shifts from the most profitable products to the most profitable customers,” Piechota said.
bm  newsroom  guardian  membership  subscriptions 
june 2019 by paulbradshaw
Removal of homeless camps trebles as charities warn of ‘out of control’ crisis | Homelessness | The Guardian
Separate figures obtained by the Guardian show complaints to councils about homeless encampments have shot up 448% in five years, from 277 in 2014 to 1,241 in 2018, rising year on year, with big increases in 2016 and 2017. On Sunday, a woman in her 30s was found dead in a homeless encampment in Leeds city centre.
foieg  guardian  homelessness  dj  tents 
june 2019 by paulbradshaw
Grenfell: council made more on two house sales than it spent on cladding | UK news | The Guardian
The contrast between the council’s wealth and its drive to cut costs on the tower refurbishment has been laid bare in council documents that reveal the Conservative-controlled council raised £4.5m from the sale of two three-bedroom houses in affluent Chelsea. It spent just £3.5m on the whole of the cut-price cladding system for 120 homes, which burned with such ferocity last month in a blaze that claimed at least 80 lives.
Guardian  accountseg  audit 
june 2019 by paulbradshaw
Production Assistant job - The Guardian
Production Assistant job - The Guardian
t  ojjobs  Guardian 
may 2019 by paulbradshaw
NHS mental health patients kept on locked wards for years | Society | The Guardian
Keeping people in so-called “locked rehabilitation wards” has been condemned as “outdated and sometimes institutionalised care”, by the NHS watchdog, with many patients housed far from their homes. This is despite a 2017 report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) that said the model of care had no place in a modern healthcare system.
foieg  jargon  mentalhealth  health  Guardian 
april 2019 by paulbradshaw
VR hype has been replaced by AR hype among publishers - Digiday
The Guardian has not published a virtual reality project since July 2018, when Panetta, its editorial lead, began pursuing a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard. It is not working on anything currently. Two years after crowing that it had more than tripledthe amount of VR projects they’d done for clients, The New York Times did not respond to questions about how many VR projects it had created for advertisers in 2018 or how many staffers it had dedicated to the medium. After producing two seasons of VRtually There, a series designed to showcase VR and 360 video, Gannett decided to abandon the project in 2018.
vr  ar  guardian  nytimes 
april 2019 by paulbradshaw
A decade of the Datablog: 'There's a human story behind every data point' | Membership | The Guardian
Mona I ask myself whether the numbers I’m looking at will start a new conversation that people aren’t having yet, or if they will add to an existing conversation in a valuable way. If the answer to both of those questions is no, then I don’t bother to write the piece.

Nick In Australia we’ve taken on uniquely Australian topics such as disputes over the Hottest 100 (a yearly music poll on the public broadcaster’s youth station) and why a fluffy Maltese terrier named Bella is the quintessential canine of the nation. We’ve also covered more serious topics, including offshore detention and deaths in custody.

These days there are fewer blogposts with charts, and a bit more of the larger, more polished interactive graphics. This is partly due to experience, but also due to resources. When Guardian Australia started, it was a very small operation with only a handful of reporters. Now we’re a bit bigger, which has allowed us to tackle more ambitious projects.
datablog  history  Guardian  dj  t 
april 2019 by paulbradshaw
You may hate metrics. But they’re making journalism better. - Columbia Journalism Review
Apart from the fact that the authors of the tweets were condemning the mainstream media for not covering an event while linking to a mainstream media site covering the event, there was one other significant problem. The article was from 2013 and none of them seemed to know it. As Nick wrote to our newsroom that morning:
metrics  archives  dates  recency  guardian  analytics 
april 2019 by paulbradshaw
| Anna Leach |
I previously worked as an Interactives Developer at the F.T., building data visualisations, calculators, bots, scrapers and self-updating graphics with Node.js and d3.js.
people  Guardian  dev  webdev  interactivity 
march 2019 by paulbradshaw
Michael Barton | The Guardian
Michael is a Senior Software Developer at the Guardian
people  guardian  hackdays  webdev 
march 2019 by paulbradshaw
How The Guardian is making podcasts pay off - Digiday
High listen and download numbers are useful to show advertisers, but in the last few weeks, the publisher has used the format to drive people to its membership scheme, by running ads within the podcasts. It says it’s working, but it’s too early to share results.

Numerous publishers are moving podcasts higher up the value chain as audiences grow and ad revenue continues to show promise: Ad rates overall have stayed buoyant while demand is still high, audiences tend to be younger and focus on the show. While there’s a wealth of podcasts out there, only the top tier with listen numbers in the six-figures can get meaningful ad revenue.

“Podcasts are not just a story on memberships; they have been successful on ad slots — they are a mix of revenue streams,” said Christian Bennett, executive editor of visual journalism at the Guardian.
Podcasts  Guardian  bm 
march 2019 by paulbradshaw
Revealed: the rise and rise of populist rhetoric | World news | The Guardian
Funded by, a US-based non-profit, Hawkins trained 46 paid researchers to identify populist discourse in speeches in 13 different languages. They analysed four speeches for each leader’s term in office, and an average was taken for an overall populism score.
text  dj  speeches  populism  politics  Guardian 
march 2019 by paulbradshaw
News Users on Facebook: Interaction Strategies on the Pages of El Paìs, la Repubblica, Le Monde, and The Guardian: Journalism Studies: Vol 0, No 0
The aim of this paper is to study journalistic production and how news users interact with it. More specifically, the approach adopted is an attempt to bridge the gap between the analysis of how news outlets disseminate their news on social media platforms, and that relating to the use of such news within social contexts. To achieve this twofold objective, the content published on Facebook, as well as the interactions of users of four newspapers published in Spain (El Paìs), Italy (la Repubblica), France (Le Monde), and the UK (The Guardian), were analyzed during a period of six months (1 November 2016 – 30 April 2017). The newspapers were selected as quality daily newspapers, in view of their liberal or center-left political orientation, and their common editorial experience, resulting from the production of special issues. The analysis highlights a widespread trend towards light engagement. These readings are supported not only by the data on various interaction practices (likes, sharing, and commenting), but also by those that describe the use of Reactions – or rather, the chance to go beyond the simple Like.
Research  fb  sm  spain  Guardian 
february 2019 by paulbradshaw
Tory fringe dominated by male speakers who took two-thirds of slots | Politics | The Guardian
Of the 22 panels with a single named speaker, only four of them were chaired by a women, namely Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, who chaired two events, the MP Thérèse Coffey and the economist and broadcaster Linda Yueh.
gender  dj  Guardian  politics  names 
december 2018 by paulbradshaw
How we carried out our survey of flatshare bias | UK news | The Guardian
The wording of the two requests were different but similar in tone and length. To avoid any possibility of being rejected on a first-come-first-served basis, the requests were sent within a few minutes of one another and were alternated, meaning that in 50% of cases “David” made first contact and in 50% “Muhammad” did.

The sample size was 948 ads in total. The responses were categorised into positive/neutral responses (those who opened a conversation and/or offered a viewing), negative responses (for example a message saying the room was gone) and no response (those who had not responded to the initial message within a week of the initial contact). A positive or neutral response was assigned a value of one and a negative or no response was assigned a value of zero.

David received 449 negative responses and Muhammed 546 negative responses to the 948 requests each sent.

We tested the statistical significance of the findings using a Z-test on the entire dataset where each row relates to a separate ad and a McNemar test on the aggregated results.
statistics  Guardian  housing  automation  dj  ethnicity  racism  t 
december 2018 by paulbradshaw
MPs' outside jobs and interests: get the data | News | The Guardian
Data from scraper is wrong: the Misc column consistently contains data for different MPs to the one specified.
jamesball  scrapingeg  baddata  Guardian 
november 2018 by paulbradshaw
UK plastics recycling industry under investigation for fraud and corruption | Environment | The Guardian
Six UK exporters of plastic waste have had their licences suspended or cancelled in the last three months, according to EA data. One firm has had 57 containers of plastic waste stopped at UK ports in the last three years due to concerns over contamination of waste.
carmen  dj  Guardian  environment  plastic  waste 
november 2018 by paulbradshaw
Hello computer: introducing the Guardian Voice Lab | Info | The Guardian
In partnership with Google, our dedicated multidisciplinary team of journalists, developers and designers will create and test innovative voice-driven audio experiences for the Google Assistant. Keep coming back here to see what we’re up to and if you want to get in touch, email us at
voice  guardian  s  Google 
november 2018 by paulbradshaw
3,121 desperate journeys: exposing a week of chaos under Trump's zero tolerance | US news | The Guardian
Today the Guardian publishes analysis of documents from more than 3,500 criminal cases filed by border district federal prosecutors during a single week of the zero tolerance policy: 13-19 May.
dj  immigration  guardian  us  documents  t 
october 2018 by paulbradshaw
GitHub - flother/thecounted: Copy of the data from The Counted, a Guardian project to count people killed by US law enforcement agencies
The Guardian makes the data behind the project available as a ZIP file and they keep that file up-to-date, but they don't give any indication when that file changes nor what's changed when it does.
guardian  opendata  githubeg  police  data  counted 
october 2018 by paulbradshaw
Niamh McIntyre (@niamh_mcintyre) | Twitter
data journalist @guardian | also seen @independent @VICEUK @i_D @Dazed |
dj  Guardian  people  algorithms 
september 2018 by paulbradshaw
The Guardian is getting into the daily news podcast game — here’s what it learned the last time it tried » Nieman Journalism Lab
podcast awareness here lags behind the U.S. According to RAJAR, the official body that measures radio audiences in the U.K., 11 percent of U.K. adults listened to a podcast in the first quarter of 2018, whereas this year’s Infinite Dial report put monthly podcast listening in the U.S. at 26 percent.
s  podcasting  guardian  t  stats  consumption 
september 2018 by paulbradshaw
Alan Rusbridger: who broke the news? | News | The Guardian
There is actually a financial benefit to investigations, but it is a long-term one. Readers, on some level, want their newspapers to be brave, serious, campaigning and dogged. They like corruption to be exposed, overweening power to be challenged, and serious scandals to be unearthed. It reminds them what journalism is for. They admire it. They are even willing to pay for it.

A newspaper that consistently breaks investigative stories will (with apologies to those who hate the word) build a brand. The Harold Evans Sunday Times was certainly a “brand”. To this day, it is regarded as one of the high-water marks of challenging 20th-century journalism. Brands have value. A paper that stands for nothing will soon lose its sheen, and then its point, and then its readers. But that’s not always an immediately winning argument if the financials are looking tense and you have impatient investors.
impact  Guardian  fakenews  rusbridger  ij 
september 2018 by paulbradshaw
Revealed: immigration rules in UK more than double in length | UK news | The Guardian
See data at

The analysis shows that at some points the Home Office introduced changes at dizzying speed, publishing new sets of changes a week apart or less on seven occasions.

One document was published in March 2014 with 22 changes, only to be superseded three days later by a second version containing another 250 changes. The overall number of changes made to the rules since 2010 spans almost 600,000 words, running to a length greater than Tolstoy’s novel War and Peace.
scrapingeg  immigration  dj  caelainn  Guardian  text 
august 2018 by paulbradshaw
The Guardian finds less polished video works better on Instagram Stories - Digiday
Two months ago the Guardian started tracking and analyzing its Instagram audience data on a more granular basis, to test what formats and topics it should develop and evolve and what should be scrapped. The upshot: video drives more new followers than static posts, but time and resources spent on creating polished Instagram videos, specifically for Stories, simply aren’t worth the pay-off.
instagram  guardian  narrative  stories  t  analytics 
july 2018 by paulbradshaw
Inmate suicide figures expose human toll of prison crisis | Society | The Guardian
For the first time the Guardian has identified the individuals behind the statistics that show suicide is at its highest rate in prisons for nine years, and there is no sign that the scale of the tragedy is being checked.
prisons  dj  suicide  leilahaddou  Guardian 
june 2018 by paulbradshaw
How the Guardian’s Instagram strategy is winning new readers - Digiday
The Guardian has introduced more recurring Instagram Stories over the last year to keep people interested. One is a weekly Story called “Fake or For Real,” which features a Guardian journalist highlighting some of the biggest fake news that has surfaced that week and asking readers to tap if they think the news is true or false, before debunking it herself. The one-minute story gets approximately 50,000 views each week and has proven popular with people overseas, according to the Guardian’s social producer Eleni Stefanou. Another regular Story is “Brexit Bites,” which condenses complex developments around Brexit as they come up in the news. “Ramadan Diaries” is a recurring Story featuring Guardian journalist Iman Amrani, who explains the Muslim holy month and other related topics.
Instagram  Guardian  platforms  stories 
may 2018 by paulbradshaw
Jobs listed on the Government's Graduate Talent Pool website: how many are unpaid? | News |
To research this news piece the data team scraped the government's Graduate Talent Pool website run by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

The aim of the website is stated as:

The Graduate Talent Pool is designed to help new and recent graduates gain real work experience. It makes finding, applying for and starting an internship as easy as possible.

But does this mean mostly working for free?

We scraped the website on the 11th October this year. Of the 621 job postings 315 were paid and 306 were not. Here the unpaid jobs includes those listed on the website as 'Not paid' or 'Expenses only'. You can see the breakdown in this pie chart:
scrapingeg  Guardian  internships  employment 
may 2018 by paulbradshaw
What The Guardian has learned trying to build a more intelligent story format — one that knows what you know » Nieman Journalism Lab
the Smarticle is a story format designed for mobile that aims to meet readers where they are in their knowledge of a developing story by only presenting them with the elements that are most useful to them. It works like this:

A story is broken down into its core elements, which are displayed as a series of blocks.When a reader first visits the page, the blocks contain only the most fundamental story details up to that point.As the reader returns, an algorithm determines what should appear for each user. For these first three experiments, the algorithm took into account what someone had read on their last visit, as well as the importance of each new story development.
s  guardian  formats  personalisation 
april 2018 by paulbradshaw
Did Lana Del Rey plagiarise Radiohead? A note-by-note analysis | Music | The Guardian
According to online database Hooktheory, only four out of 17,000 popular hits of the last decades have used this specific sequence.
music  dj  radiohead  guardian 
april 2018 by paulbradshaw
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