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HuJo at the Dublin Web Summit

Dublin felt like the centre of the tech world this week as the razzmatazz of the Web Summit descended on the city. Over the course of the two days NASDAQ bell was rung, the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) was driven on stage in an electric supercar by Elon Musk and the world’s most famous skateboarder, Tony Hawk, made an appearance in the RDS (Royal Dublin Society) at what is now the biggest tech conference in Europe and has to rank up there with the likes of SXSW in the US in terms of scale and HuJo was there to soak up all the excitement. (more…)


Digital Humanities and Journalism Seminar

12.00 – 14.00, Wednesday 9 October, Moore Institute Seminar Room, NUI Galway.

On Wednesday October 9th, HuJo will host a lunchtime seminar  on Digital Humanities and Journalism in collaboration with the Moore Institute. The event will be hosted at the Moore Institute in NUI Galway and is the first of the Autumn/Winter series of the  Digital Scholarship Seminars. The aim of the seminar is  to showcase the work of INSIGHT @NUIGalway (formerly DERI) in Digital Humanities and Journalism, and to provide a vision of future collaborations between technology and humanities researchers. (more…)


Hacks/Hackers gets Dublin reboot

Hacks/Hackers Dublin was rebooted on Monday night with the first meeting taking place in the salubrious surroundings of the Library Bar at the Central Hotel on Exchequer Street in the heart of the city. There was an enthusiastic crowd of both Hacks (journalists) and Hackers (techies) and we were even joined by some international guests Andy Carvin of NPR who is famous for his unique methods of covering the news on Twitter and Amanda Michel of The Guardian (US). (more…)


Conference asks: Can we trust our news?

Media experts were not in short supply in Dublin City University (DCU) on Monday, as they gathered to discuss the future of their industry and address the title question of the conference – ‘Can we trust our news?’. The DCU media conference was co-organised by the host university and Arizona State University (ASU) and featured big media names from Ireland, the UK and the US. (more…)


Muckraking a path to a career in journalism

Newspapers are in decline, broadcasters are cutting budgets, online doesn’t pay, so who’d be a journalist these days? Despite the black clouds hanging over the industry there seems to be no shortage of would be journalists willing to give it a go. 23-year-old Belfast native, Lyra McKee, was bitten by the journalist but at an early age, and with the job market tightening has decided to take matters into her own hands and start her own magazine. (more…)

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Inside RTÉ’s Digital Archive

Thanks to Google search and YouTube, these days we expect to be able to call up pretty much any image or video with a simple search and a few clicks of a mouse.  However, all the data accessible online doesn’t just appear there by accident. Sometimes it’s hard to believe, but there was a time before the Internet and protecting the collective recordings of the human race is the daily challenge facing the digital archivist. (more…)

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Why did Jeff Bezos buy the Washington Post?

Last week many mourned an end of an era, as the Graham family sold the Washington Post to Jeff Bezos, owner of Amazon.com for somewhere in the region of $250 million. For the mourners it signalled the end of a golden age in American journalism, during which the paper’s stories managed to bring down a sitting president (the Washington Post’s Woodward and Bernstein’s coverage of the Watergate scandal is forever immortalised in the movie ‘All the Presidents Men). (more…)

HuJo RA Vacancy

Research Assistant vacancy in Social Semantic Journalism on a project in collaboration with RTÉ


The Digital Humanities and Journalism group at the INSIGHT National Centre for Data Analytics @NUI Galway is seeking an outstanding candidate for a Research Assistant position in the Social Semantic Journalism realm. The successful candidates will work on a project in collaboration with the Irish national broadcaster, RTÉ, on ‘social news detection and contextualisation’. The project is jointly funded by RTÉ and the Science Foundation Ireland. (more…)