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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

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

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

Video: what happens when you get a bunch of data journalists together to discuss journalism

Last night O’Reilly’s Alex Howard hosted this Google hangout with data journalists from the US – and I got to join in too. There’s Brian Boyer (the genius behind the Panda project), AP’s Michelle Minkoff, Anthony DeBarros and more

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

Data journalism and James Cameron: a world of questions

Anybody who’s seen any of my talks knows I always quote James Cameron at some point – and you can see a quote from him on my home page. This piece is about that quote. James Cameron is the journalist who reported from Korea and Vietnam and more war zones than you could name. The child … Continue reading

Is the ONS really open data?

There’s an interesting piece on the O’Reilly Radar blog this week by Alex Howard on the state of UK open data. Based on a recent report (warning: PDF) by Deloitte’s for the Open Data Institute. It’s interesting because it paints a state of the nation which – according to a blogpost by researcher Harvey Lewis … … Continue reading

Gallery: new images from Facts are Sacred

Just seen the proofs for Facts are Sacred, out in April – these are some of Kari Pedersen’s amazing designs

Data journalism: 22 key links

I have been teaching basic data journalism for a while now – and these links are so useful I keep them with me every time. I will add and update these in the future too Free and simple viz tools Datawrapper: http://datawrapper.de/ CartoDB: good alternative to Fusion Tables Google charts via spreadsheets Mapping: Google Fusion … Continue reading

A data journalism workflow

First published on Guardian Data Before a dataset results in a data journalism story, there’s a whole process of sifting and finessing and generally sorting the data out. The split is roughly 70% tidying up the data, 30% doing the fun stuff of visualising and presenting it. So, how do we get through that 70%? … Continue reading

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