The Media Standards Trust has launched a *new, improved Journalisted (www.journalisted.com)*. Apart from looking cleaner and more well scrubbed, there are a number of features that ought to make the new site that much more useful:
- Compare journalists who write similar articles Our clever semantic search tool compares the articles of all national news journalists and identifies journalists who write stories about similar subjects. Andrew Grice (The Independent), Andrew Sparrow (The Guardian), and Andrew Porter (Daily Telegraph) – for example – as well as sharing the same first name, also all write about Westminster politics. Richard Littlejohn, Peter McKay, Peter Oborne, Macer Hall and others all tend to write trenchant pieces on the government and Gordon Brown. Charlie Brooker, who writes a TV and a feature column, pens pieces similar to Anna Pickard and Sam Wollaston (the TV ones) but also Paul Carr and Hugo Rifkind (the technology and features types stuff). It gets even more fun if you do one degree of separation but that’s for those with far too much time on their hands
- Read similar articles by other journalists Click on an article and you can not only see people who are blogging about it or commenting on it, but read similar articles by other journalists. This is meant to help in three ways: (1) You can compare facts – e.g. on swine flu cases, on political revelations, crime etc (2) You can compare opinions – about books, people or politics, (3) You can see who is churning out press releases (because their articles will bear a remarkable similarity to wire copy in other papers)
- Link to more biographical info We’ve made it alot easier for journalists – and the public – to send us more links to Wikipedia pages, Facebook profiles, Twitter accounts, you name it. And we’re going to encourage people to send links to prizes won, books written etc.
- Articles from other publications The old site only covered the national press and the BBC. Though we don’t automatically add any additional articles on the new site journalists can now send us articles published in other publications – to better represent their output