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Tip: Check out this advice for getting started with 360-degree video

Avoid motion sickness, anticipate the viewer's gaze and remember that regular transitions don't work

Posted by Vanessa Kress on 22/02/18

Tip: Remember these pointers for building communities using Facebook groups

Here's what your newsroom can learn from Vox's approach to using Facebook groups

Posted by Vanessa Kress on 21/02/18

Tip: Recommendations for working with inconsistent data

Parts of your data might be inconsistent, missing or have a problematic structure – here's how to deal with it

Posted by Vanessa Kress on 20/02/18

Tip: Advice for making events a part of your newsroom's engagement strategy

From live journalism to member-only gatherings, events can help news organisations get to know their audiences better

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 19/02/18

Tip: How to tell stories using small data sets

An impactful story can come from combining and analysing multiple smaller data sets, as opposed to focusing just on big data

Posted by Vanessa Kress on 16/02/18

Tip: Check out these apps to enhance your mobile storytelling

Investing in these apps can help you upgrade your filming and audio

Posted by Vanessa Kress on 15/02/18

Tip: Check out this guide for getting started with investigative data journalism

Here's how to start and structure a data journalism story

Posted by Vanessa Kress on 09/02/18

Tip: Bookmark this advice for pitching feature articles

Pay attention to how you structure your email pitch if you don't want it to go unnoticed

Posted by Vanessa Kress on 08/02/18

Tip: How journalists can find and visualise sports data

Sports data is often more granular, and subject to intense scrutiny from devoted fans

Posted by Vanessa Kress on 05/02/18

Tip: Use these tools to collect and showcase your work

Platforms such as Muck Rack and Contently can help you build and maintain your online portfolio

Posted by Vanessa Kress on 02/02/18

Tip: Use these tools to keep your sources and digital work safe

Encrypted apps, secure file storage and password managers can help reporters minimise the risk of a cyberattack

Posted by Vanessa Kress on 31/01/18

Tip: Remember these pointers for shooting with 360-degree cameras

Give your viewer enough time to look around, and set up your camera like it's a person

Posted by Vanessa Kress on 30/01/18

Tip: Check out this advice for improving your newsletter

Having a voice and mission can increase a newsletter's open rate and number of subscribers

Posted by Vanessa Kress on 29/01/18

Tip: Why journalists should use design methods in reporting

Using design not as a layout but as a way of thinking can help reporters map complex issues

Posted by Vanessa Kress on 26/01/18

Tip: How to keep your information safe from fake apps

Here's what you can do to make sure you don't get spied on by your latest download from the App Store

Posted by Vanessa Kress on 25/01/18

Tip: Remember these pointers before setting up a Facebook group

Make sure your audience gets the chance to interact with reporters, and share interesting stories produced by other organisations as well as your own

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 24/01/18

Tip: Advice for covering mental health

How to avoid stereotypes and building your story on unreliable sources

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 23/01/18

Tip: How to search ICIJ's Offshore Leaks Database by location

The database contains more than 680,000 entities from 55 jurisdictions

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 22/01/18

Tip: How to innovate when working on your own

The discussion around journalism innovation tends to centre around teamwork and collaboration, but here's how you can experiment if you work independently

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 19/01/18

Tip: Bookmark this advice if you're looking to go freelance

Journalist Jen Miller explains the 13 things she's learned in 13 years of freelancing

Posted by Caroline Scott on 18/01/18

Tip: Browse this database to get inspired about editorial collaboration

Check out this list of 111 collaborative projects, both temporary and ongoing

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 17/01/18

Tip: Use this guide to get started as a freelancer abroad

Moving to another country to work as a freelancer? Learn the local language and don't be afraid to cold call

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 15/01/18

Tip: Remember this advice for submitting FOI requests

Here's what Sandhya Kambhampati, data reporter at ProPublica Illinois, has learned from submitting 1,018 FOI requests

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 12/01/18

Tip: Check out these 8 opportunities for journalists to apply for at the beginning of 2018

A fellowship or award could be just what you need this year to put your work into global context

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 11/01/18

Tip: Here's how to get started with data journalism

Check out these tips for working on data-driven stories and the skills you need for the job

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 10/01/18

Tip: Bookmark these pitching recommendations for photojournalists

Here's what to know when reaching out to publications and photo-editors

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 08/01/18

Tip: Remember this advice for setting up a verification workstation

Is verifying online material a big part of your role? Here's how to make the process more efficient

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 05/01/18

Tip: Try these 5 apps to help you work smarter in 2018

These apps for journalists can help you manage interviews, take better pictures and edit video

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 04/01/18

Tip: Check out these 15 examples of data visualisation to get inspired

Here's what good data visualisations have in common

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 03/01/18

Tip: Here’s how to best monitor audience engagement

A helpful explainer on why you should move beyond page views when assessing the impact of your storytelling

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 02/01/18

Tip: Ask these questions before adopting new tools and workflows in the newsroom

Does this new approach save money or time, is it sustainable and is your audience going to use it?

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 22/12/17

Tip: Check out this list of journalism tools and resources to try in 2018

From audio sharing to interactive storytelling, these tools can help improve your work

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 18/12/17

Tip: How to stay safe when covering elections and civil unrest

Examine the location in advance, have situational awareness and use secure apps and social media

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 14/12/17

Tip: 5 key aspects of video production to share with your newsroom

Training fellow journalists to work with video? Focus on light, composition and types of shots, among other key skills

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 12/12/17

Tip: How freelancers can collect late payments

If you're owed payment for your work, here are several ways you can speed up the process

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 11/12/17

Tip: Check out these recommendations for collaborating on projects

Here's how to make the most of working with other journalists on stories

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 08/12/17

Tip: Advice for transitioning from print to audio reporting

It's not enough just to do an audio version of your print story

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 07/12/17

Tip: Remember these guidelines when applying for a job in journalism

Use your cover letter to 'tell your story, not your work history'

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 05/12/17

Tip: Refresh your social media strategy with this advice

You may want to start posting fewer links to stories and get to know your readers better through community events

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 04/12/17

Tip: Open this data journalism advent calendar throughout December

The Journocode community is providing data journalism resources throughout the month

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 01/12/17

Tip: Use these 15 open-source tools for newsgathering, visualisation and storytelling

From finding contact details of sources, to visualising data making Freedom of Information requests, these tools can help improve your reporting

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 30/11/17

Tip: Check out these recommendations for improving your data visualisations

Remember these eight tips to ensure your data viz is both clear and appealing to the audience

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 29/11/17

Tip: How to take a visual approach to solutions journalism

'Not all multimedia elements included with a solutions story need to be solutions-defined reporting in their entirety'

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 28/11/17

Tip: Remember this advice for investigating hidden money

Here's how reporters can start tracing wealth stashed away by criminals and corrupt officials

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 27/11/17

Tip: Bookmark these tools to save your digital work

Here's how to preserve your published stories in case websites shut down

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 21/11/17

Tip: Take note of this advice for investigating large data leaks

The success of the Paradise Papers highlights the importance of collaborative work and the value of computer technology

Posted by Caroline Scott on 16/11/17

Tip: Use this card game to plan which storytelling elements your project should include

Here's how to plan and conceptualise a story for a specific topic and user

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 15/11/17

Tip: Check out this advice for editing Instagram images within the app

How can journalists ensure their photos stand out on the social network?

Posted by Caroline Scott on 14/11/17

Tip: Here are seven questions to ask before choosing comics journalism as a format for your story

Think about the space you will need to illustrate the topic, and how you will visually portray your sources

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 10/11/17

Tip: Here's how journalists can protect their work online

Check out these tools and advice for keeping digital information safe

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 08/11/17

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