December’s Carnival of journalism

27 Nov

The Guardian Developer blog is going to be hosting December’s “Carnival of journalism.” Once a month a group of people interested in the future of journalism get together and write blog posts about the same topic, chosen by a different host each time. Previous topics have included using new tools and gadgets, the role of online video in the newsroom, Google+ and a carnival of #fail.

How does it work?

You can join the Carnival of Journalism by filling out this form. Or have a look at the Google Group. Simply write and publish a blog post on the stated deadline on the topic proposed, and let us know about it by leaving a comment below. We’ll then feature you in round-up blog post the week after the deadline, also on this blog.


With it being December, we thought we would adopt a Christmas theme for this month’s topic – and pick something, in keeping with being hosted by a Developer blog, that we could ask of both technologists and journalists.

If you are a journalist, what would be the best present from programmers and developers that Santa Claus could leave under your Christmas tree?

And, correspondingly, if you are a programmer or developer, what would be the best present from journalism that Father Christmas could deliver down your chimney?

Carnival day next month is going to be Friday 9 December – so get thinking about the topic, publish your blog post on the day, and pop a link into the comments below.

18 Responses to “December’s Carnival of journalism”

  1. Raymond November 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    Hi Digidave
    Carnival sounds really brilliant for Christmas.
    Lots of people wearing a Santa Claus Outfit having
    lots of fun! Best present for Christmas, just a peaceful
    day would be great with loved ones!

  2. Nicola Hughes December 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    My wish in comic strip form:

  3. Clarisa Morales Roberts December 9, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    Love the snow plugin!

  4. Patrick Thornton December 9, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    This is my first Carnival of Journalism post under my new site, the Interchange Project.

    Journalism needs more journalists that appreciate programming and technology:

  5. Steve Outing (@steveouting) December 10, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    Here’s my contribution (after missing the last couple Carnivals):

  6. Heather Billings December 10, 2011 at 2:32 am #

    Had to jump in on this at the last minute:

  7. Donica December 10, 2011 at 6:35 am #

    Still December 9 in the Pacific Time Zone…

    The most awesome gift I can image from a software developer is a WordPress-like publishing and collaborating platform designed for doing journalism.

  8. Alfred Hermida December 10, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    My Christmas wish is for programmers and developers to create tools and services that are invisible and enable journalists to focus on doing what they are best at, telling stories.

  9. Jacob Caggiano @futuresoup December 10, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

    Here’s my post, trying to propose a good workflow for pulling and organizing semantic metadata (people, places, organizations, actions, etc.) from personal and collaborative research.

    Thanks for the opportunity to share!

  10. Jessica December 12, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    Here’s my (admittedly late) post: All I want for Christmas is a better CMS, and a programming to journalism translator. Because I love programmers and they do awesome stuff, but I have no idea how to talk to them.


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