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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

Data journalism: learn how to do it for free

Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools – Teaser from European Journalism Centre on Vimeo. There’s still time to enroll for the free five-module basic data journalism MOOC (massive open online course). Thousands have already signed up — but this is all about making data journalism accessible to all. So if you’ve been … Continue reading

Data journalism only matters when it’s transparent

  When it comes to data journalism, everyone’s a critic. The launch of three major data journalism operations in only a few weeks—the revamped538, Vox, and the New York Times‘ The Upshot—have produced a slew of opinion pieces. They are summarized quite nicely in this piece by Guardian journalist James Ball, but the one critique that sticks with me the most is … Continue reading

Gallery: taking #dataviz beyond infinity

If you were in downtown San Francisco recently, you may have seen a blue box in the middle of the street (yes, it was Tardis blue), next to the Embarcadero centre. Inside was a data visualisation conceived and created by Roundhouse in collaboration with Universal Everything. “Data visualisation” is underselling it. I got to work on the data part of … Continue reading

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