Preston Cuts: Best of the Online Coverage

Posted on - 21st October, 2010 - 10:45am | Author - | Posted in - People, Politics

We covered the Comprehensive Spending review throughout the day in the form of a live blog, bringing in images, audio, video and content from our audience, both in the form of user comments and reaction on Twitter.


Here’s a collection of the best of the day’s content.


We live tweeted the entire Chancellor’s speech so that those who couldn’t be near a TV could still keep up to date with what was going on. Using the hashtag  #prestoncuts throughout the day, we were able to keep a live feed going with lots of different types of content.

We also got a lot of reaction from our audience on Twitter. Daniel Bentley compiled them into one handy post.


When faced with overwhelming amounts of information, often the best way to present it is visually rather than a spreadsheet or table. I made a visualisation of the percentage of each area employed in the public sector by local authority, using the Guardian Datastore. You can see the visual here. What it showed is that Preston will be hit hard, being in the 7th percentile of reliance of the public sector in the country.

We also made a word cloud of the Chancellor’s speech.

Video and audio

We made best use of the resources of the broadcast students at UCLan, setting up several audio interviews and video packages.


More audio and video available on our YouTube channel and Audioboo account.

As with our election coverage, all this goes to show what can be achieved with a few online tools and some willingness to combine them with traditional reporting.

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