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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

How to make a data journalism animation: women and equality

This video is the latest project I’ve done with Mariana Santos. It was published this weekend for International Women’s Day — the theme of which this year was inequality. We decided to focus on some of the reasons why, even in 2014, women are still losing this particular game. Mariana and I have made a … Continue reading

The kids are all bright: infographics for all ages

When my daughter was three and out for a walk on an autumn day, she pointed at a spider’s web and explained what it was. “Daddy, it’s a website,” she said. It was a visual way to describe a word she had heard but didn’t yet understand. And information graphics and visualisations give us a … Continue reading

We need an open data Olympics. It’s not #Sochi2014

Find out how to scrape a medal table by scrolling down this piece Looking for data around the Olympics? Good luck. By the time the Winter games in Sochi are over, there may be hundreds of Olympians polishing their lovely new medals. But try and access the speed that event was won in or the … Continue reading

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