Tools and Tips

February 20, 2013

Coding & data journalism resources for journalists

Here are several free resources that could be useful for journalists interested in online media.

November 16, 2012

Mozilla launches Popcorn Maker, a Web-based remix tool

This weekend at Mozilla Festival London, Mozilla launched its Popcorn Maker tool.

April 4, 2009

Testing my kit for mobile reporting in Africa

So, you’ve brought your smart phone with you to a country like Nigeria, brimming with all your favourite apps for social media and live video streaming. Will everything work? Well sort of, inshallah. Recently while training radio journalists in Kano in Nigeria’s north, I used a variety of applications to get an indication of how […]

May 21, 2008

Twitter’s quicker

“Just heard a big blast near badi chowpak. Donno what it was.”Not much of a quote, but it was enough to get the story out. Sandil Srinivasan, or 2s as he is known on the microblogging service Twitter, was in Jaipur on 13 May when the first of a series of nine synchronized bombs exploded […]

April 20, 2008

Citizen Cameramen

By the time the members of the original Frontline TV agency hit Grozny in the mid-90s to report on the Chechen war, it became clear that the market for pictures and video was changing. Newer, lighter, cheaper cameras meant it was easier than ever to become a film maker. This fact, coupled with the diminishing […]

June 1, 2007

Kitbag: John Coghill

John Coghill is a marketing consultant, freelance copywriter and photographer. He set up Projector Media four years ago to provide marketing services to publishers and extend brands through video and events. Before that he worked in marketing and business development for The Economist. In 2003 he started the Radios for Africa charity that distributes Freeplay […]

March 8, 2007

Kitbag: Jane Kokan

Jane Kokan is an independent news and documentary director/ reporter/ camera woman specialising in the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, Afghanistan, Iran, SE Asia and Africa working for a variety of international broadcasters. Often her films were made in extremely difficult circumstances and Jane often worked alone in the field doing her own camera work […]

July 12, 2006

Body Armour

Body armour is basically a layer of clothing designed to absorb and disperse the impact energy of a bullet. Modern body armour is designed to stop low velocity (handguns) and high velocity (rifles) with some manufacturers claiming protection from some types of armour-piercing rounds. The armour comes in both semi-rigid and rigid construction incorporating a […]

June 7, 2006

Sony HVR – Z1U

Sony HVR – Z1U I bought the Sony Z1U camera in January 2006 and have used it fairly intensely in a professional capacity as a video journalist. I have worked as a video journalist for the past 12 years principally specialising in hostile environments and countries undergoing “transition”. main features:Switchable NTSC/PAL color system, 1080/60i, 1080/50iImage […]