The turnaround between the police leaving the building and the site being listed for sale has been quick – less than a month between it closing its doors as a police station and the site being put up for sale.
And a quick browse on property site Zoopla turns up listings for a number of other former police stations which have been listed with similar speed:
Another short post, just to pull together the output of a couple of weeks spent working with Trinity Mirror Regionals’ recently established data journalism unit.
The unit have adopted a smart operating model that makes the most of the reach of the Regionals group of papers, and the fact that, when it comes to dealing with national datasets, story ideas can be worked up efficiently by one central team before being offered to local teams.
Similarly, if something works well as an FOI request in one part of the country then in many cases it will work well elsewhere too.
The focus of my work with the unit was therefore on supporting the whole Regionals family. I did find some data/story ideas which lent themselves to stories for the Manchester Evening News, though, and – originating from that part of the country – couldn’t resist writing those myself. Stories as follows:
There also seems to be widespread acceptance across the group of the benefits which a good visualisation can bring to a web story, so I produced a couple of interactive maps, used by the MEN, and the Newcastle Chronicle.
Another short post, just to link to some things I’ve done in the last two weeks – spent working with the digital news team of the Times and Sunday Times.
Much of my time was spent on a number of longer-term data journalism projects which – until publication – I won’t be posting about.
Needless to say, though, heavy use was made of Google Fusion Tables and ScraperWiki, as well as
healthy amounts of Excel. The fortnight gave me the best reason I’ve had to date to experiment with scraping, so that was a really good thing.
I also wrote a number of online news stories, ranging from the serious to the thoroughly silly season. Links to most of the articles I wrote here: