What’s wrong with this graph?

It’s been niggling me since the result was announced, but there were other things to do, so it took me a few days to sit down and scratch this itch. The headline is simple. Older voters defeated the Scottish independence referendum, as illustrated by this graph breaking down voter intentions. But data journalism can be […]

Serious Stories

While following the Tuam mass graves scandal, over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been working on some programme proposals for the Sound+Vision and Mary Raftery Journalism Fund. The former are the light entertainment features, the latter is a bit more serious. And although both deadlines are approaching fast, I’ve been devoting more time and […]

Below the Line

Everyday, in every newspaper, editors go through correspondence from readers and pick the best for publication. Done well, a letters page gives a feel for public opinion, for which stories are striking a chord, and which arguments are winning. Put another way, user generated content is nothing new. Yet online, its has become almost an […]

Sources: A glossary

In the interests of full disclosure, 200 Words is pleased to provide this guide to journalistic terms of art, to better assist readers in navigating media reports relying on information of uncertain origin. Sources: Pretty much anyone I talk to. Informed sources: Anyone who listened to that Morning Ireland interview I missed. Reliable sources: She […]