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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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Visualised: how we are searching for Election 2020

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

Mapping live George Floyd protest videos

Recreating live news events online is hard – but bringing them to life so you canfeel them is harder. Just published by the Washington Post and designed by The Pudding (and supported by my team at the Google News Initiative), this visual joins together Google Earth studio animations and places YouTube live videos on location … Continue reading

How local journalists can map COVID-19 cases

The Coronavirus outbreak is a fast-moving story for any newsroom to cover, particularly for local reporters trying to help their readers make sense of what’s happening in their area. And for those local reporters wanting to show their readers where cases are, the options for an embeddable local coronavirus map are limited and time-consuming. So … Continue reading

A new free online course in Data Journalism

Just launched: a new free online course produced with the Knight Center for Journalism for anyone wanting to learn how to do data journalism with free tools. I get to teach the introduction and welcome you to the course, along with the great Alberto Cairo and a fabulous set of teachers, including: Debra Anderson, Duncan … Continue reading

A decade of working in data journalism: what has changed?

When I decided I wanted to be a journalist, somewhere between the first and second years of primary school, it never occurred to me that would involve data. Now, working with data every day, I realise how lucky I was. It certainly was not the result of carefully-calibrated career plans. I was just in the … Continue reading

Sonification: make beautiful music with your data

TwoTone What does data sound like? There are two reasons why this can matter. Firstly, all these visuals are excluding anyone with any kind of visual disability from accessing them. Secondly we are always looking for new ways to visualise data. Sound opens up a whole new world of possibilities. To make this process easier … Continue reading

How to build a dataviz in Augmented Reality

Twin Peaks is one of the best places to view the whole San Francisco Bay area — the two adjacent peaks visible from all over the city. It doesn’t need a single adornment, but head up there today and you should be able to find a new addition: a sculpture. And it’s only visible with our new augmented reality … Continue reading

The weight of words (and data)

This is the introduction I wrote to a new book from the excellent data team at Paris Match, published in French. Check out the project here. What’s in a word? Quite a lot, as it turns out. The fortunes of a political campaign can turn with a single word. The right ones can propel a … Continue reading

Want to build a VR network chart? Here’s a way to do it without coding

Making a virtual reality visual is traditionally a tricky thing, as we found out in building one around Brexit. It requires coding and developers and there are many rules about avoiding making people feel physically sick. That’s a barrier to use. But recently, a new platform has made it a lot easier to visualise data … Continue reading

Can data journalism be taught?

There’s no shortage of advice on teaching journalism students. If you believe what you read, young reporters need to learn to code; not to learn to code; learn history of the internet (the flowchart above is from there), or the ‘technologies of the web‘. The fact that there’s so much discussion is easy to understand: it’s the traditional curse of … 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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