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How to make a multi-screen interactive

Sometimes you’ll want to join more than one map, chart or other visual together  — but if you’re not a developer it can be a little tricky. This is where the iframe scaffolder by Paris-based developer from Journalism++ Pierre Romera comes in. I made this map — used by Mother Jones — using the tool, which made it simple to … Continue reading

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

How to make an animated map with CartoDB and Torque

If you want to make an animated map (and you’re not a coder), there are not  a lot of options out there. CartoDB is the best. You can use it to make rather gorgeous choropleths but it excels at mapping large numbers of points. That makes it perfect for mapping Tweets — and I used … 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

Chart: A data journalism workflow – translated into different languages

The Data Journalism workflow was originally designed by Guardian graphic artist Mark McCormick to illustrate our work on the Datablog. It’s since found its way into talks, presentations and the Data Journalism Handbook. Now it’s been translated by reporters around the world. This is all I’ve found so far – have you seen more (and … Continue reading

Data journalism: a video guide to its practice and history

As part of the work behind the release of Facts are Sacred, we have produced some videos about  data journalism, how we do it and its history. Scroll down to view What is data journalism? A history of data journalism at The Guardian Data journalism and the Olympics

CartoDB v Google Fusion: how to map every meteorite

Javier at CartoDB has made this rather lovely video showing how CartoDB provides a nice visual interface for the Meteorites data we posted on the site on Friday. It works too – I’ve just reproduced his work in about five mins, although I’m not keen on having to get into SQL, you can do the … Continue reading

Mapping the census: how we did it (in three steps)

The Census is one of those data exercises that brings out the best and worst in day-to-day data journalism. The best is the access to lovely very granular data which can allow you to interrogate an area in detail. The worst is the amount of mucking around you have to do with the data just … Continue reading

Borders and boundaries: 16 Google Fusion border files for you to use

I’ve been building up a collection of border files for us to use in Google Fusion table maps – and these are the key ones. You can download these as KML files or as CSVs. Or merge them with your data. If you have a shp file you what to convert to Google Fusion tables … Continue reading

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