Changing Tracks

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This is the first time in three months that I have decided to blog. There are many reasons for this but one of the most important is a rapid life transition. This site was specifically set up to track my progress through my MA in Online Journalism. So for a while after I found that… Read more »

In and Out of Inside Out

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On Monday Inside Out West Midlands broadcast their report on cycling around Birmingham which featured talking about my Birmingham Cycle Data site but also getting on my bike and checking out facilities for cyclists around the city. This road footage was inspired by my previous excursions with a Flip. The BBC filming was an invaluable… Read more »

Why stay on the ‘side?

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Putting the Created In Birmingham shop in the Bullring in the centre of Birmingham means that we’re proud of our art. A bug bear I have about Birmingham is creativity occurs on the fringes of the city, and often this can make us appear self deprecating. It’s almost as if were embarrassed by our artists… Read more »

Home Of Metal audio and mapping

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I’m fascinated by the capabilities of Geolocation so I decided as part of my multimedia portfolio I’d play around with some audio which was recorded on a Home Of Metal tour, hosted by Chris Phipps in March 2009.

The Final Stretch

Posted by & filed under cycling, MA Online Journalism.

For my MA Online Journalism assignment I chose to focus cycling, I tried to map some cycle data but then realised I was losing my audience. In the second phase I got back on track but still wanted to do good with my data. Especially when I noticed that my Birmingham Cycle Map had received… Read more »

Re:Cycling Experiment

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If you’re a Hashbrum subscriber, or are a regular reader of this blog you may have noticed a recent obsession with cycling. The reason for this is it formed part of my MA Online Journalism Newsgathering Experimental assignment. Here it is, split into three parts.

Bike Away From The Kerb

Posted by & filed under #Brum, cycling.

Robin PC contacted me through Help Me Investigate. Robin suggested I shouldn’t just look at mapping data. He commented ‘The safe way to cycle is to “get in the way”’. I put Robin’s advice to the test, see how I got on:

Spaghetti Junctions #1

Posted by & filed under #Brum, MA Online Journalism, Social Media.

I’m currently working on game based around a kind-of psycho-geographic version of the ‘six degrees of seperation’ idea. Basically, the game encourages players to (tenuously) link together Birmingham facts and myths. Here’s a version played on Google Wave before Christmas: [wave id=’!w%252Bbh7I02lyA’] It was quite fun but as you can see it collapsed when we… Read more »

Knowing Me Knowing You

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Just before Christmas, I was invited by Capsule to talk at their first KMKY event in association with Created In Birmingham. I’ve just found the audio on my dictaphone today so thought I’d put my talk online for you. You can right click ‘save target’ for the MP3 here or you can listen to it… Read more »