What were the most popular years for countries to join the UN?

Photo credit: Randal Droher, Flickr

Photo credit: Randal Droher, Flickr

After learning how to build a basic html scraper in Google Drive a couple of weeks ago on a data journalism intensive day, I thought I’d give it a try outside the classroom.

193 countries are member states of the United Nations today but when it was first formed in 1945, there were only 51 member states (49 of the original ones remain).

Since then the organisation has grown substantially, but I wanted to take a closer look at the years countries joined – were there any spikes in membership? Continue reading


Who is the “Interhactives” user?


The website Interhactives is due to be re-launched next week by my MA Interactive Journalism coursemates and I, but before we go live, last week our Social Media and Community Engagement tutor Ben Whitelaw asked us to consider ‘who is OUR typical user?”  Ultimately, who are we going to be targeting our content towards? Continue reading