As Help Me Investigate starts to plan new investigations in 2014, it’s a good time to look back at what we’ve been up to over the last year across the four sites (not including this blog). It’s easy to forget how much you do in a year – thanks to the many contributors who made everything below happen. As always, we’ve learned a lot and hit the new year wiser.
Over at the Online Journalism Blog I’ve written three posts on the background to the investigation into the Olympic torch relay which resulted in a number of national, local and international stories, and the ebook 8,000 Holes.
Part one outlines some of the data journalism processes involved
Part 2 explains how verification, SEO and ‘passive aggressive newsgathering’ played a role.
Part 3 looks at how ebooks offered a new opportunity to tell the story in depth – and publish while the story was still topical.
As the Olympic Torch Relay enters its final week Help Me Investigate has published our first ebook:8,000 Holes: How the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Lost its Way.
The book details how exactly the 8,000 torchbearer places were allocated – and how that process made it impossible for Olympic torch relay organisers LOCOG to meet key promises about the numbers of places available to the public, and to young people.
It builds on the work done over the past few weeks by users of HMI Olympics – and adds some new revelations alongside interviews that provide an insight into how the process affected those involved.