Train your Gmail to jog your memory in the new year

In the daily deluge of email, it’s all too easy to send a message and never get a response (and, on the other end, receive an email and forget to respond). This Gmail script makes it easy to find the emails you’ve sent to someone who could use a little nudging or reminder. The Gmail […]

An Animated Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States

The Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond recently released a new feature called the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States. This new atlas contains more than 700 historical maps of the United States. The maps within the atlas are arranged into eighteen sections. As a student and teacher of history […]

An online data journalism webinar

The European Journalism Centre is registering students for a free five-week online course, scheduled for early 2014, in the fundamentals of using data in journalism. The course includes modules on the skills required to do data journalism. how to find data for stories, how to use spreadsheets and statistics to find patterns in data, basic […]

Coal dust and sea spray

My grandfather was a coalminer, but was crippled in an accident when he saved a fellow miner’s life by holding off a coal wagon that would have otherwise crushed him to death. My grandmother worked her fingers to the bone on nightshifts in a factory, raised seven kids, lived well into her 90s. My Dad […]