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A data journalist at Twitter

In 2013, as I was about to start at Twitter, Alex Howard wrote a piece pondering on just what a data journalist would do at a tech company. Now, as I’m about to begin a new adventure, I thought I should collect together a selection of the projects worked on with some amazing developers and others … Continue reading

Gallery: Space, the universe and everything visualized

Last year the first two of three infographics books for children that I have worked on were published. Now you can get the third. Space is designed by the brilliant Jennifer Daniel and the images above are a selection of some of the spreads. You can get the book on Amazon right now.

Can data journalism be taught?

Can you really teach data journalism? It’s a dumb question that I’m soon going to find the answer for: from next week I start teaching at Berkeley J-School (you can see my syllabus here). There’s no shortage of advice on teaching journalism students. If you believe what you read, young reporters need to learn to code; not … Continue reading

The five Ws of data journalism

This is taken from materials for an introduction to data journalism, a MOOC course run earlier this year. You can read more about the course here.  1) Who? Where did the data come from? Why does this matter? This could be the most important W. Because data, like any kind of information, can be wrong … Continue reading

Journalist datastores: where can you find them? A list.

Where do journalists post their data? It’s a pretty core tenet of open journalism that you share your sources; i.e. , you write a story about data then you make numbers available to download. It matters because: Your audience is more likely to trust your story if they can test the sources Someone out there probably … Continue reading

Ebola in charts: data journalism and the outbreak

It’s a crisis unparalleled in modern times: the biggest outbreak of Ebola ever recorded. So, what do we know about it? Data journalism is about taking the key data, breaking it down and making it accessible. So a major story like this is where getting the data can help us understand it better. So what data … Continue reading

What data journalism told us about #Ferguson

Data journalism in 2014 has taken a shift towards instant reporting: today it is about applying analysis and discovering data around events in the news as soon as they happen. It’s been a week since the police shooting of unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, what have we learned from data journalists about the events and issues behind … Continue reading

Saving the oceans: with data

Do you know how big the giant ‘garbage patch’ floating in the Pacific is? The floating ocean of trash and sludge may be a phenomenon of our treatment of the oceans but nobody really knows how big it is — with estimates ranging from 270,000 square miles to 5.8 million. Or even”the size of Texas“. The … Continue reading

Data journalism needs to go mobile

Why? Well, it depends if you actually want anyone to see it. It’s been happening for a while but really matters today as smart phones become ever more ubiquitous  — now over 65% of the US market — and more and more people now access the web with their phones. But what does that mean … Continue reading

Introduction to data journalism

This has been the first week of the free data journalism MOOC, with more of the course still to come over the next few weeks. This is the text of the first part of my module. It’s not too late to sign up for the rest of the course when the real detail of learning … Continue reading

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Data journalist, writer, speaker. Author of 'Facts are Sacred', published by Faber & Faber and a new range of infographics for children books from Candlewick. Data editor at Google, California. Formerly at Twitter, San Francisco. Created the Guardian Datablog. All opinions on this site are mine, not my employers'. Read more >>

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