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Building an Alternative Olympic Medal Table

Since the modern Olympics began nearly 120 years ago, they have been dissected and evaluated through every possible angle. But data journalism is about looking at the world anew through the fresh lens of facts and numbers. With the Games in full swing, all eyes are on the medal table: who’s winning and which countries … Continue reading

How we made a VR data visualization

Isn’t the best journalism always immersive? Whether it’s Walter Kronkite’s journalistic take on history “You are There” from the 1950s or Declan Walsh’s mobile phone reporting from Syria this week, the best journalism makes you feel like you are part of the story. You care what happens. Virtual Reality is a powerful tool in making … Continue reading

Data Journalism Awards 2016: what the winners tell us about the state of the data nation

What does data journalism look like in 2016? The winners of the data journalism awards — announced today — give us a great sense of where the industry is right now. I was lucky enough to be director of the awards this year, working with the great Paul Steiger to winnow down the record 471 … Continue reading

Podcast: It’s never been a better time to be a data journalist

If you haven’t caught it, Partially Derivative is a great podcast about data, science and everything in between. I was lucky enough to get invited to chat with Jonathon Morgan about the state of data journalism today, the role of VR and exactly what I do at Google. Listen to the podcast

Data journalism matters more now than ever before

Here’s an interesting thing: data journalism is the mainstream. Or indeed: Data journalism is just journalism. It’s been threatening to do this ever since I wrote this piece.  Now it’s everywhere. If 2014 was the year that saw new outlets develop their own brands of data journalism (think 538, The Upshot, Vox…), and 2015 was the … Continue reading

Three refugee datasets for the 19 Million Project

For the next two weeks the 19 Million Project will meet in Rome to wrestle with how data, design and journalism can best tell the heartbreaking stories produced by the refugee crisis which has sprung out of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The project brings a pretty brilliant cross-functional team together to see what they can make of the … Continue reading

We need a Data Journalism Archive. Before it becomes just another 404 error

Are we about to enter a dark age of data journalism? The internet has made it possible to see the world’s information without moving a muscle, not matter how old that information is. You can absorb the first news page of The Guardian,  from May 1821, which had data journalism at its heart, even then. … Continue reading

Data journalism in China

Facts are Sacred has just been published in China. This is the new introduction written for this edition. When Western data journalists think about China, it’s often as the subject of data journalism, rather than a source of it. And you don’t have to search hard for smart examples of interesting work: just take Propublica’s … Continue reading

A data journalist at Twitter

In 2013, as I was about to start at Twitter, Alex Howard wrote a piece pondering on just what a data journalist would do at a tech company. Now, as I’m about to begin a new adventure, I thought I should collect together a selection of the projects worked on with some amazing developers and others … Continue reading

Gallery: Space, the universe and everything visualized

Last year the first two of three infographics books for children that I have worked on were published. Now you can get the third. Space is designed by the brilliant Jennifer Daniel and the images above are a selection of some of the spreads. You can get the book on Amazon right now.

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