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Simon Rogers

Data journalist, writer, speaker. Author of 'Facts are Sacred', from Faber & Faber and a range of infographics for children books from Candlewick. Edited and launched the Guardian Datablog. Now works for Google in California as Data Editor and is Director of the Data Journalism Awards.
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Doing data journalism in Afghanistan, Myanmar and across the Global South

NEW PODCAST!: Eva Constantaras is a data journalist with Internews and Lighthouse Reports who works around the world to establish data journalism units to tell public interest stories. She has worked with data journalists in Afghanistan, Myanmar and many other places around the world where numbers can make a difference. Eva chats on the podcast about … Continue reading

The Census data was published. What does it mean for data journalists?

Angeliki Kastanis is a data journalist at The Associated Press and an expert on the US Census. They talk with Alberto and Simon about what the 2020 Census data released so far told us, offers tips and tricks for getting the most out of it for reporters – and even working as a Census enumerator.  … Continue reading

US Census bonus podcast episode

Tomorrow (August 12) sees the release of crucial US Census redistricting data – which will shape US government and politics for the next crucial election cycles. It will also give us unique insights into the changing demographic makeup of regions across the US. Alberto and Simon chat with Joe Germuska (executive director at @KnightLab and … Continue reading

COVID data journalism special podcast episode

In the latest episode of the pod, we get to grips with COVID19 data and the challenges of reporting on the numbers during a pandemic.  Financial Times senior visual journalist John Burn-Murdoch explains how he hunts for the key data and talks through what he thinks we will see happening next.  The Covid Tracking Project’s … Continue reading

Taking the numb out of numbers

For a kid who actually hated maths at school, I love data. I love how it can help us understand the world and the way it works. I love the way that it can spark change too — and always has, from the work of Ida B. Wells, who used data to fight lynching, through … Continue reading

How to make data journalism for humans

In the latest episode of the Data Journalism Podcast, we talk to Lam Thuy Vo, a polymath data journalist who works for Buzzfeed and teaches at CUNY. We discussed her data-driven investigative stories, her quantified self projects, and her interest in providing learning resources for data journalists from underrepresented communities.  Next, we talked to visualization … Continue reading

Introducing The Data Journalism Podcast

Alberto Cairo and I have been working together for a while now and we spend really way too much time discussing the state of data journalism. Well, now you get to see what we talk about with our new Data Journalism Podcast. It’s available on Spotify, Google Podcasts and other platforms and we will have … Continue reading

New visual: A pandemic year of Trends

One way to see how our daily lives have changed in the last year of the pandemic is through search data. And that’s what our new visual project does: highlights a key trend that spiked each day. It’s built by Polygraph – creators of The Pudding – and it has some features I really like. … Continue reading

How do you track GDP in realtime?

The OECD has been using Google Trends data combined with machine learning to monitor GDP. Continue reading

Visualised: how we are searching for Election 2020

How is election 2020 showing up in search? See how we visualised it. 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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