MA project: The finished piece

It has been several weeks since the last blog post about my final MA project; an interactive news video about the debate between privacy and security. The aim of the project was to explore interactive video, and to find a way of providing additional context to the viewer. To do so, I created four videos. [...]

Covering an election on Instagram

Following the research I conducted through my News on Instagram posts, I reported on the election for Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority using predominantly mobile journalism techniques, and publishing only to Instagram. What I found, was that there was a definite need to prepare everything in advance. I started the election coverage with some simple carousel [...]

Using Instagram Stories for news content

Instagram has two ways of publishing content: its timeline, and through its Stories feature. Stories were introduced in August last year and unlike timeline pictures and video, are only available to view for up to 24 hours after posting. It's very similar to Snapchat, and designed so "you don’t have to worry about overposting". More recently, Stories have developed to [...]

Data visualisations on Instagram

Data is a valuable product for journalists to not only source news stories, but to prove and disprove beliefs. However data on its own is unattractive, and isn't interesting to a general audience. Instead, visualisations capture the meaning of data, and should present it in such a way that provides understanding, while also making it [...]