Category Archives: Iku Kawachi

Nat Geo: The cream of the crop of nature photography online

By IKU KAWACHI Despite not being subject to the same standards of accuracy, truthfulness, and newsworthiness as, say, documentary photography or photojournalism, nature photography remains an integral and highly valued part of the journalism industry. Wildlife, scenery and macro photos have … Continue reading

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Free online reports, tools are valuable geography resources

By IKU KAWACHI To many journalists, human geography may seem like a discipline that has little bearing on the stories that they churn out on a day-to-day basis. But reporting on global issues such as urbanization, poverty, water scarcity and … Continue reading

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Kuwait’s ban on cameras, freedom of the press is a puzzle

By IKU KAWACHI While Kuwait, a country of 3.6 million located in the northeast portion of the Arabian Peninsula, has never exactly been viewed as the gold standard for press freedom, its latest policy is one that is sure to … Continue reading

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The 787, aviation reporting, and participatory journalism

By IKU KAWACHI Developing and putting into production a brand-new commercial jetliner is always a massive undertaking for aerospace companies like Boeing (United States), Airbus (France), and Embraer (Brazil), one that can cost tens of billions of dollars. While such … Continue reading

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Sports photography: from camera to cover

By IKU KAWACHI Avid fans of sports often have beat writers, columnists and even bloggers who they follow on a regular basis, or whose articles to which they have taken a particular liking. It’s safe to say, though, that the … Continue reading

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Online tools offer help for Web page designers

By IKU KAWACHI Most of us who have never had the opportunity to delve in multimedia design — either for the Web or for print — have never had to worry about fonts, margins, “Web-safe” color palettes and Cascading Style … Continue reading

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Rounding up the most popular Web browsers

By IKU KAWACHI Many of us probably use the default Web browser that comes installed with our computers’ operating systems — whether it be Windows Internet Explorer or Apple Safari — with nary a second thought. Indeed, one monthly study by … Continue reading

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The Facebook privacy saga, continued

By IKU KAWACHI It doesn’t even need an introduction, really. Facebook is the largest, most visible and farthest-reaching social networking service (SNS) on the planet, with a reported 500 million active users and an annual revenue of $800 million. Despite … Continue reading

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Recommendation engines: How they work, why we need them

By IKU KAWACHI Chances are you’ve probably used one of them, even if you haven’t realized it: recommendation engines, also known as recommender systems, platforms or frameworks. They use information drawn from user profiles, viewing history and survey results to predict the … Continue reading

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Revisiting Google Instant — new standard or gimmick?

By IKU KAWACHI A couple of weeks ago, we discussed Google Instant, the newest feature to be added to the ever-popular Google search engine. Rolled out amid comparatively little hype on Sept. 8, Instant predicts what search query users are … Continue reading

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A peek at the new, more powerful Libraries Web site

By IKU KAWACHI The University of Miami Libraries are undergoing an important change this fall: they’re redesigning their Web site — and powering it with a robust new search engine to boot. The current site was released in 2006, which … Continue reading

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Exploring multimedia reporting, interactive features

By IKU KAWACHI Although my Sept. 18 post On the cutting edge of graphics and data visualization made a passing reference to one of the site’s more recent interactive items, that alone hardly did the Multimedia section of the The New … Continue reading

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On the cutting edge of graphics and data visualization

By IKU KAWACHI Infographics are becoming an increasingly important component of multimedia reporting, especially on the Internet, where news consumers are typically less attentive and more demanding of interactivity and visuals than when reading a newspaper or magazine. One Web … Continue reading

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Unearthing defunct and outdated Web pages

By IKU KAWACHI Wanting to look at older versions of a Web page to see what changes have been made to its content — or at a once-working Web page that is now defunct —is not an uncommon occurrence, especially … Continue reading

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