journalism and digital media
After 30 years of lecturing and training at the School of Journalism at Utrecht in journalism, politics and new media, Peter Verweij, started in 2005 his own company D3-Media.
D3-Media focuses on the following areas:
- data journalism production and training
- production of journalistic content for multimedia media and blogs;
- research in the area of new media such as convergence and social network analysis;
- training and coaching of journalists and newsrooms about data mining, computer assisted research and reporting, multi media production and digital;
- consultancy about newsroom management and work flow in converged newsrooms;
- assistance and consultancy using open source software in a journalistic environment story telling.
Drs. Peter Verweij
D3-Media is registered under number 09147275 at the Chambers of Commerce
Bank Account: ABN Amro Bank 43 73 90 853
In the network society our communication has fundamentally changed. We are in contact with people when we know an e-mail address, Twitter or Facebook name, or LinkedIn handle, even if we never have met these persons in real time. In the more traditional society of the past century our contacts were limited to people we know face to face from the circle of family, neighbors, colleagues, and friends. Now our contacts are in a huge network of connected nodes; some we know face to face, some we only mail or follow on Twitter, some are friends of friends etc. The patterns of communication in such networks are interesting to study. Social network analysis has become a fountain of empirical knowledge, not only for social scientist but also for datajournalists, because there is a enormous amount of data free available and the tools for the analysis are becoming more easy to handle.http://memeburn.com/2010/08/google-puts-scientific-tools-in-the-hands-of-journalists/
Published on Memeburn:http://memeburn.com/2011/12/13-great-social-data-tools-for-journalists/
Velocity is the News
International Media readings at Lomonosov Moscow State University
Twitter as a News Source for Journalists
Presentation at World Journalism Educators Conference, Rhodes University, Grahamstown SA. July 2010
Not only at the Amsterdam red light district you have push and pull, but on the Internet too. Browsing the web for interesting websites is hardly common. This pull of information has now been replaced by push. It started with RSS and Podcasts, and now we have apps which fall like manna from heaven.This development is the end of Internet as such.Apps push information without giving the user the idea that he is on the Internet. You have apps for all kinds of jobs and information. For journalists using Android based smart phones there are plenty of interesting apps. Published at Memeburn: http://memeburn.com/2011/01/android-apps…
Everybody has a mouthpiece now and the social media are facilitating this. News is everywhere and breaking news on the front page becomes obsolete, because the news is already out on social media like Twitter, Facebook and blogs. Is this also the end of journalism as far as we know it? (http://memeburn.com/2012/08/will-the-real-journalists-please-stand-up/)
Tweeps, bloggers and Facebook adapts are taking over the role of journalists, but is it quality reporting and professional journalism? Print media at least in Western part of the world are in bad weather: news papers are closing or merging and journalists are laid off. The public finds the news on the social media, and is ending their subscriptions. On the other hand the demand for quality reporting: background, news analysis and investigations is rising. Data journalism is one of the possibilities to renew journalism. (Published on Memeburn: http://memeburn.com/2012/10/how-data-can-save-journalism-as-we-know-it/)
Twitter is like the coffee machine in the newsroom. Get a shot of caffeine and chat with colleagues; exchange useful information but also get the latest gossip and rumors. The difference is that what you hear at the coffee machine you will not publish. Twitter works different; gossip, rumors and other unverified information are published and cause sometimes a hoax. The tweet about the suspension of the famous CNN talk show host Piers Morgan over the phone hacking scandal is a recent example of a Twitter hoax. An other one from the beginning of last year was about a tweet spreading the rumor that Mandela had died. Published on Memeburn: http://memeburn.com/2012/01/seven-top-tips-for-verifying-tweets/
ben terug in Afrika, niet Rhodes University in Zuid Afrika, maar
Makerere University in Kampala Oeganda, voor een training van twee weken
aan de faculteit communicatie en journalistiek over multimediale
journalistiek. Op maandagmorgen loop ik het kleine trainingslokaal in
met 20 nieuwe computers met Windows 7. Dat is een goed begin. Even de
bandbreedte checken. Ik dacht dat ik werd weggeblazen: 100Mpbs down.
WAT! Ah, bij nader inzien bleek dat ik op een glasvezel kabel zat van de
Kampala uplink naar Internet. Toen ik de bandbreedte nog eens checkte,
ditmaal voor een Europese server, kwam ik op 0,5Mpbs. Ja, dat kan beter
kloppen in Afrika.
In English d3media blog: http://d3media.wordpress.com/2011/07/23/makerere-university-on-the-road-to-multimedia-journalism-3/
Twitter networks between reporters and politicians
Presentation at University of Wales at Cardiff about the Future of Journalism
Training in the Middle East
Google - Journalist’s little helper Last week (Febr. 25-26) at Manama in Bahrain was of the last training in New Media Tools for Journalists organized by Investing in the Future of Free Voice. A group of 20 print journalists from Bahrain were trained in the use of new media tools. The program was practical and hands-on consisted of the following topics: searching the web for documents and background information by using Google advanced options, Finding news and RSS feeds, Using social media like Twitter for news and finally setting up a blog for publishing. Within two years trainings about this subject were organized in all the participating countries: Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Marco, Yemen and Bahrain. In all the countries was a great interest in the training and all the participants said to have profited a lot. The skills are not the most important issue, searching in a journalistic, finding accurate and credible information is the main goal. Not in last place because the work of journalists is under pressure.
TRAINING TOPICS BY D3-MEDIA
Connected to the Internet since 1989, searching the internet has hardly any surprises for me. I am strongly convinced that finding news and information on the internet is not a matter of ICT but of journalistic practice. Finding accurate and credible sources is still the hard core business of journalism and the sophisticated use of search engines like Google help journalists with this assignment. Searching the Internet for journalists is the training with the longest record. Mayor Dutch newsrooms, from national newspapers like Volkskrant and Telegraaf, weekly's like Elsevier, but also TV news like the Dutch 8 o'clock news , have been trained in the past. More recently several trainings were given in the Middle East for journalists from Amman, Cairo and Beirut. Southern Africa, in cooperation with Rhodes University and Highway Africa, trainings about searching the web were given for African journalists.
Finding information on the web with search engines is limited. Google has a blind eye for databases. Querying databases, and finding figures facts, and importing them into spreadsheets is important skills for journalists. In combination with maps, creating Geographical Information Systems (GIS), journalists access a new area of analysis and story telling: the map is the message. Courses on GIS Databases and spreadsheets have been given
for the VVOJ (Dutch and Belgium investigative journalists); investigative news programs like NOVA on Dutch TV. Abroad this course has been delivered at the SABC in Johannesburg, and also at the University of Kiev, Ukraine.
Digital Story Telling
Journalists know how to tell a story in print, in video or in audio, but how to merge these three different media into one, on the web is problem. The grammar of digital story telling is still under development. Multi media story telling, using often European politics as content, is still a successful training at the School of Journalism at Utrecht for all specializations. As a consequence of international exchange programs I regulary teach digital story telling for websites and blogs at other universities and school of journalism such as the University of Helsinki, Finland, Swedish department and University of Limasol at Cyprus.
Controlling my digital environment, decreasing my dependence on ICT officials and managers, is only possible, if you are able to run, control and maintain your own systems, from laptops to servers. Open source software in general and more particularly operating system like Linux offer these possibilities. At he New Media Lab at the School of Journalism I maintain the linux based server, using various content management systems and blogs for multimedia production, and for experimenting with mobile video reporting.