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Jamillah Knowles | 11:10 UK time, Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Hello Outriders!

This week I found out what drones can be for journalists, how Twitter makes a difference to election watching and what it is like to start your own podcast. First up, the weekend saw elections take place in six different countries.

Often, unless you are a political scientist or a fan of politics, following all of those elections can be tricky.

Alberto Nardelli

I chatted with Alberto Nardelli, co-founder of Tweetminster, the media platform for UK politics and Electionista, for politics in multiple countries.

I caught up with him on Sunday and asked him about how to get the best out of trying to keep abreast of all this political movement.

It’s one thing to follow politics online, but quite another to follow a big breaking news event on the scene. Often when reporting on the ground, journalists can get a great close up view of what is happening in front of them, but gaining a perspective on a bigger picture is hard.

This is where new technologies that are slowly getting cheaper and easier to manage can help journalists, citizen reporters and activists to collect views and information from on high.

If you think about drones, you might first think of the remotely controlled flying machines used in war and reconnaissance by the military. But domestic flying machines may now also be able to help the media, in countries where the practice is legal.

Matt Waite


Matt Waite is a Professor of Practice at the college of journalism and mass communications at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He is running a lab at the college exploring the field of drone journalism and he explained where the idea came from to start the lab.

With our feet back on the ground and maybe our heads in the digital cloud, it’s time to take a look at a new podcast. Getting into the audio business online can seem daunting to some, but it can be pretty rewarding when you get the hang of it.

It’s nice to catch people as they are starting out so that we can ask them all about what it's like, and share a few tips, and this is exactly what we have done this week. 

Virtual Policy

Ren Reynolds is the founder of the Virtual Policy Network. He started his own podcast to complement the work that he does, so I asked him how he decided what to do and what it takes to make his podcast.

If you’re up to something we need to know about, then give me a shout. You can find me on all the usual social media platforms.

Tweet at me on Twitter or find us on Facebook and Google +.

Until next week!



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