Web security book reviewed on OJB

Over on the Online Journalism Blog I’ve reviewed Deep Web for Journalists by Alan Pearce. It’s a much-recommended book for users of this site too – read the review for a summary of some of the key takeaways.

Useful links from August 1st to 15th: child households; pooling resources; youth deal.

These are some welfare links we found interesting during the first two weeks of August. YoungMinds comment on Prince’s Trust ‘Abandoned Ambitions’ report. Charity YoungMinds. “These figures highlight just some of the everyday pressures young people face”.  Abandoned Ambitions (pdf) Interview … Continue reading

Useful links for July: Universal credits; food banks; austerity blogs

These are the welfare links we have been looking at in July and with May and June’s round-up recently covered, they are now almost up to date. Keep your fingers on the keyboard to let us know if and how … Continue reading

Useful education links for July 11th through August 8th

Tweet These are the education links we found interesting between July 11th and August 8th: How our school leavers fare – by school and by postcode| – Academics’ bin diving ’caused by zero-hours contracts’ | News | Times Higher … Continue reading

AUDIO: Using European information laws for environmental investigations: #Dataharvest13

This year’s Data Harvest festival – #dataharvest13 – featured a number of speakers involved in environmental investigations. We were there to record some fascinating speakers. The panel on ‘wobbing’ (using European Freedom of Information laws) and environmental information featured speakers who had investigated bluefin tuna fishing and Spanish wildfires – here’s the introduction: listen to […]

HMI Health compiles clinical commissioning group FOIs for health sector magazine

Over on Help Me Investigate Health, we’ve published a list of Freedom of Information emails for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) – the new bodies controlling local health spending in England. The list was compiled two months ago for Health Service Journal by Tom Warren and Matt Burgess, shortly after the new bodies took control, but is only now being published by HMI. As […]

Useful education links for June 6th through July 5th

Tweet These are the education links we found interesting between June 6th and July 5th: Education ministry gives go-ahead to two-thirds of Christian faith schools – But only one in five Islamic and Hindu schools approved, say DfE figures released … Continue reading

No data doesn’t mean no story

3 examples this week show how you can still tell important stories based on Freedom of Information requests even when you don’t get any results. In the first, a national story, 54 FOI requests were sent to mental health trusts. 6 could not say how often any form of restraint was used, and: “Half of […]

Hartlepool Council drilled about festival funds raid for Olympic torch relay

Hartlepool Council have defended their decision to fund part of the Olympic Torch Relay with money intended for a maritime festival. The Hartlepool Mail spoke to the council after finding out about the spending through Help Me Investigate. They report: “The … Continue reading

HMI elsewhere: Getting started with investigative journalism

Nicole Froio has interviewed me for Wannabe Hacks on ‘Getting started with investigative journalism’ – you can read the post over there.