Petros Kasfikis, Washington D.C. based photographer and news producer

Tuesday, 28 March, 2017

Photo by Petros Kasfikis

Petros Kasfikis is a news producer, documentary maker, and the Washington D.C. based correspondent for Greek newspaper, Eleftheros Typos. His work affords him the opportunity to take some interesting photos at times. This photo was taken at Standing Rock, in North Dakota, earlier this year.

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Lauren Crazybull, visual artist and broadcast journalist

Tuesday, 13 December, 2016

Artwork by Lauren Crazybull

Lauren Crazybull is a visual artist and broadcast journalist, who is based in Amiskwaciwâskahikan, Canada. Amiskwaciwâskahikan is the name that the Cree Indigenous people use to refer to Edmonton. See more of her artwork on her Instagram page.

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Our reporter always dresses the part get the scoop

Tuesday, 21 July, 2015

There’s no limit to the lengths that Anas Aremeyaw Anas, a crime reporter based in Ghana, will go to in his efforts to file a story.

By way of numerous disguises, where he has variously masqueraded as an assembly line worker, a parent with a (fake) baby, a sheikh, a vagrant, a woman, and, best of all perhaps, a rock, Anas has succeeded in digging up the dirt on all manner of criminals, undertakings that have often resulted in their arrests.

Of Anas’s many faces, there’s one in which he doesn’t have a face at all – just two small eyeholes cut into what looks like an enormous, crinkled paper bag. Silly? Maybe. But his impression of a giant rock is also effective: In 2010, Anas used the disguise near a border post at the Ghana-Côte d’Ivoire crossing to spy on trucks from the roadside. As it turned out, the trucks were smuggling cocoa beans across the border. Anas’s report helped the police build a rock-solid case.

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I want to be a website freelance writer, even though it hardly pays

Friday, 28 June, 2013

US writer Noah Davis on making a living as a freelance writer for websites and commercial blogs… it is, in my experience, the domain of the so-called slash careerist, you will most likely need to juggle a couple of roles in order to earn a decent income.

It’s not news that making a living by writing on the Internet is a tough business. Freelancing for websites is nearly unsustainable, especially in the one-off pitch, write and edit sense. But here’s the thing: It rarely makes financial sense for the website, either. This piece alone will almost certainly lose money for The Awl; nearly all the site’s pieces do. (Sorry, gang.) That’s true across the Internet, as a few big hits, the site as a whole, or big-name writers carry the rest. While Nate Thayer and the Atlantic battled over a piece the publication asked to run for free, chances are good that if the editors paid him, they would have lost money. This doesn’t make the request more or less legitimate, but it is relevant in the never-ending calculus of creating a profitable publication.

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A selection of 2012’s best non-fiction writing

Wednesday, 6 February, 2013

Conor Friedersdorf, a writer at The Atlantic, has put together a list of what he considers to be the best non-fiction articles published last year. There’s 102 pieces to read through, but We’re Underestimating the Risk of Human Extinction, by Ross Andersen, kind of jumped out at me:

“Human beings have been around for roughly a hundred thousand years on this planet, so how much should that count in determining whether we’re going to be around another hundred thousand years?”

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But are algorithmic reporters programmed not to miss deadlines?

Tuesday, 1 May, 2012

Despite being a touch rigid, some of the stories written by algorithmic reporters, or computers programmed to write news reports, are anything but robotic or mechanical.

OK, it’s not Roger Angell. But the grandparents of a Little Leaguer would find this game summary – available on the web even before the two teams finished shaking hands – as welcome as anything on the sports pages. Narrative Science’s algorithms built the article using pitch-by-pitch game data that parents entered into an iPhone app called GameChanger. Last year the software produced nearly 400,000 accounts of Little League games. This year that number is expected to top 1.5 million.

Also of interest is the way these electronic journalists craft their news accounts, as they harvest data submitted by people, via smartphone apps, who are say spectators at a sporting event, and then use algorithms to weave divergent strands of information into a report.

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We now cross live to our automated reporter who is at the scene

Friday, 2 September, 2011

A Californian start-up has created software that can effectively scan through press releases, or in this case, US stockmarket announcements, and fashion their contents into news stories.

It’s easier than it sounds. SEC filings are published in a format called XBRL, or eXtensible Business Reporting Language, much like websites are published in HTML. MarketBrief’s software generates articles by extracting key facts from the XBRL data and slotting them into pre-defined sentences.

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In Focus, Alan Taylor’s latest news photography blog

Tuesday, 15 February, 2011

Alan Taylor, who in June 2008 created the Boston Globe’s photography blog The Big Picture, which I sometimes link to, has now moved over to The Atlantic and established a similar photo-blog project, In Focus.

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The problem with print is that it doesn’t convert electronically

Friday, 10 December, 2010

Is it true, as New York writer and publisher James Panero seems to think, that writers from print backgrounds don’t enjoy the same success online that they do offline?

It may be no coincidence that the writers and critics who have found success online have rarely been from the print world. The skill-set is quite different. On one side, you have the practitioners of a lost artisanal craft, like the carvers of scrimshaw or those who ferment small batch raw-milk cheese; the speed of the internet is anathema to their deliberative process. On the other, you have graphomanic-insomniac, egomaniacal headcases with something to prove and nothing to lose. My friends excepted.

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This is who bloggers really are, or I should say, seem to be

Thursday, 14 October, 2010

Thanks to British journalist Andrew Marr it should be pretty easy to spot bloggers in your neighbourhood, after he issued the following description:

A lot of bloggers seem to be socially inadequate, pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed, young men sitting in their mother’s basements and ranting. They are very angry people.

Did I read the words “seem to be” there? I thought that was a term that bloggers – who typically don’t seem to check their facts – only ever used?

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