Links and resources

In this post, a few links to recent articles I’ve found interesting…

PR expert Ann Druce has some simple but vital tips for organisations taking their own photographs. Make sure you have set your digital camera to its highest resolution, she says. Druce says organisations too often take low-res photos, which then look terrible when used in print. If you take photos at the highest resolution you can always save low-res versions for use online. But it’s impossible to go the other way —  once you’ve taken a photo with low resolution, you can’t improve the quality. Even the most basic digital cameras these days can give you good enough picture quality to use in professional publications — but you need to know how to use them properly. See the full article here.

Ndesanjo Macha of Global Voices online reports on the Waxal – Blogging Africa Awards, which were announced for the first time earlier this month. It’s worth checking out his article and then visiting the winning blogs to see just what blogging can do. The article is here.

Particularly interesting are the blogs of Rosebell Kagumire, a Ugandan journalist, and Lusaka Times, which is a news and discussion site run by Zambians living all over the world. It’s a great example of citizen journalism and the collaborative power of the Web in action. Although the site does carry news from some of Zambia’s top media organisations, it also provides a platform for any Zambian who wants their article published. You can also comment on items on the site. Contact them for more information.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the importance of plain language. Writing on Bizcommunity.com, Tiffany Markman provides some more great tips on simplifying your English. See the article here.

As an interesting example of how serious information can be presented in an entertaining and engaging way, have a look at the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, which uses the theme of a soccer game to present information about the influence of organised crime in football.

Tim Berners Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has a new idea about linking data on the Web. See his interesting new proposal for a web for open, linked data (numbers — as opposed to words, pictures and video). The video of his talk is on TED, which if you don’t know it, is a fantastic site containing videos of talks and performances by some of the world’s top thinkers.

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