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Seven takeaways from Dr Fu Kingwa’s sharing – Data & News Society 3rd Colloquium

It was his first time giving a talk at HKBU School of Communication. But being among limited number of media research scholars with both journalistic practices and solid technical background, Dr. Kingwa Fu from HKU JMSC was well-received as the guest speaker at the February colloquium of D&N Society at HKBU.

Leader of new media research project Weiboscope as well as lecturer for Data Analytics course at HKU, Dr. Fu presented for around an hour at D&N to share about both his research and his insights from teaching data analytics for journalists. Faculties and students including undergrads, Master and PhD students, as well as an outspoken reporter alumnus from HKBU School of Communication had their visions broadened regarding the impending trend of leveraging social media and big data methods in journalistic explorations.

If you didn’t get a chance to attend the event yourself, don’t worry – D&N did the note-taking on Dr. Fu’s major points and is posting here a wrap-up of his most informing ideas. Check it out!

Why did Weibo stand out among online media platforms in China?

From a media research perspective, Dr. Fu believed that Weibo, the twitter-like service in China, went beyond its social media functionality to have further served as countervailing power in the network. Weibo has especially showed its power in agenda setting for grassroot movements, one of the earliest examples being the Qianyunhui case. Public opinion leaders on Weibo, also known as the “Big Vs”, were even able to contribute considerably in the anti-corruption wave in China, leading to the downfall of a few senior officials such as Liu Tienan. Continue reading “Seven takeaways from Dr Fu Kingwa’s sharing – Data & News Society 3rd Colloquium”

Wondering what a DJ award winner looks like? See some of the best works in 2015 from the globe

The 2nd University Data Journalism Competition is approaching. Is data journalism still a mystery to you? Are you wondering what makes a good piece of data news entry?

If you have little clue where to start in the preparation for this competition, D&N has a tip for you or your team: take a look at the best works in this field last year from around the world – the winners of 2015 GEN Data Journalism awards.

The winning entries show a variety of how data can be used for better story-telling: from data visualisation to data investigation; from websites and web pages to News APP and individual portfolio.

D&N is posting here a wrap-up in Chinese (Original Source: see here). For English, you can go to GEN’s website for a full-scope exploration. Hope you will find inspiration!

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