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A case study in online journalism: investigating the Olympic torch relay

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

  1. Part one outlines some of the data journalism processes involved 
  2. Part 2 explains how verification, SEO and ‘passive aggressive newsgathering’ played a role.
  3. Part 3 looks at how ebooks offered a new opportunity to tell the story in depth – and publish while the story was still topical.

Help Me Investigate’s first ebook: 8,000 Holes: How the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Lost its Way

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.

It’s free at https://leanpub.com/8000holes – or you can choose to pay whatever you like, with all proceeds going to the Brittle Bone Society.