Anthony Sullivan, group product manager for Guardian Core products at Guardian News & Media, says mobile and tabets account for 35% of Guardian visits, with 94% of tablets being iPads. At certain times of day, mobile has already overtaken desktop usage, particularly 6-7am and Saturday afternoons during football matches.
"[T]oday we are constantly on some type of computer throughout the day, moving back and forth between devices for different tasks and different settings. Mobile devices fill in the times when reaching for a laptop or desktop is more difficult, including early mornings, during lunch, as we settle in for the night and during the weekends."
Great visualisation by Gregor Aisch showing the evolution of Germany's law governing political parties, tracing amendments since it was passed in 1967.
Handelsblatt crowdsources images of a closed retail chain's former sites a year after it went bust.
Dan Sinker: "At a fundamental level, journalism itself functions a bit like a hack day: creating something good enough on a deadline. In fact, the web is built out of tools that were built out of journalism: Django, backbone, underscore, and D3. Some of the greatest developers want to be in journalism."
Robert Picard: "To survive, news organizations need to move away from information that is readily available elsewhere; they need to use journalists’ time to seek out the kinds of information less available and to spend time writing stories that put events into context, explain how and why they happened, and prepare the public for future developments. These value-added journalism approaches are critical to the economic future of news organizations and journalists themselves. "Unfortunately, many journalists do not evidence the skills, critical analytical capacity, or inclination to carry out value-added journalism. News organizations have to start asking themselves whether it is because are hiring the wrong journalists or whether their company practices are inhibiting journalists’ abilities to do so."
Nate Silver: "I think punditry serves no purpose. I don’t care if it has a future. For journalism though, there are two ways to do it. You can go and take your traditional journalist—and many of them are fantastically good reporters, very good writers, certainly The New York Times—and try to train them more in some math and probability and statistics. Or you can hire people who come from that background, where maybe now some papers are going to hire economics majors and math majors, fields that you wouldn’t typically enter if you want to go into journalism. But I would think—I guess I would predict—you’ll see more data-driven analysts or reporters. I think at some places, there are questions about where do these journalists fit in and what do you call them? Because the term reporter is now in context, but what is it, right? The New York Times, by hiring me, took a step to do that. The Washington Post has done that with Ezra Klein, but the Times, some of the best journalists are those who make their interactive graphics. And they really do consider themselves journalists, in terms of, “We’re trying to present complex information in a way that helps elucidate the truth to people.”
"[The New York Times] were first to have full encodes of the debates, before any of the major cable or national television stations, and then followed them up with annotated, fact-checked interactive replays."
"An article at Jezebel identifies high-school students who posted racist tweets in the wake of the election, raising a number of questions about what we consider to be an appropriate response to that kind of behavior, and when the cure is worse than the disease."
"The reasons for [Nate Silver's] success are manifold ... Use of many sources data ... Using the past to guide the future ...Extracting information from every source ... Undersanding correlations ... Use of statistical models ... Monte-Carlo simulations for the Electoral College ... Understanding of the limitations of polls ... consistency in methodology... A focus on probabilities, not predictions ... Great communication skills."
Ezra Klein: "There are good criticisms to make of Silver’s model, not the least of which is that, while Silver is almost tediously detailed about what’s going on in the model, he won’t give out the code, and without the code, we can’t say with certainty how the model works. But the model is, at this point, Silver’s livelihood, and so it’s somewhat absurd to assume he’d hand it out to anyone who asks. For better or worse, those aren’t rules we apply in other markets, or even in journalism, where off-the-record conversations inform much that journalists say."
Emily Bell: "a new emerging school of journalism [is] challenging the status quo. Journalism delivered through lovely prose and burnished anecdote, developed through access traded, sometimes for truth, is under threat from spreadsheets and the numeracy of a different elite. All journalism in one way or another is about the performance of information; presenting, polishing, contextualising and reporting. [Nate] Silver's performance is through numbers and methodology; those left outside it attack it, without acknowledging this might be a world where both can thrive."
How and why the Economist produces its audio editions.
Great video showing election maps distorted by electoral college influence and campaign spending.