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How Axios brings smart brevity to data journalism

Axios has spearheaded ‘smart brevity‘, but how does that apply to data journalism and data visualisation? Alberto and Simon chat with the team that makes it happen: Danielle Alberti, Jacque Schrag and Will Chase about how they work and what makes a project ‘Axios’.  You can check out the midterms project the team worked on with Google Trends data here.  Here … Continue reading

New episode: Inside the New York Times Graphics Team

Archie Tse is the Graphics Director at The New York Times. He has been at The Times since 1995, and has pioneered graphics reporting, often in person – especially after 9/11, traveling to Iraq to cover the US invasion, and reporting on the capture of Saddam Hussein. He is even credited by some with being an early adopter … Continue reading

Information is Beautiful: an interview with David McCandless

One of the most successful published data journalists in the world today, David McCandless has a new book out: Beautiful News. His work is innovative, newsy, current and incredibly popular with readers — but sometimes controversial with what he calls the “chart police”.  Alberto and Simon chat with David about why he gets such Marmite-type reactions to his … Continue reading

Data stories for the US Midterm elections

Election reporting has become one of the most important journalism beats in America as we barrel towards the midterm elections. How can data journalism help? Jessica Huseman has become the face of election reporting in America. Editorial Director at Votebeat, she also owns the data journalism training organistion Friendly State News and previously worked at ProPublica on the Electionland project. Jessica … Continue reading

A Data Journalist in Ukraine 

Anatoliy Bondarenko is Data editor at Texty.org.ua, an award-winning news and data site in Ukraine, from where he joins Alberto and Simon to discuss his life in a war zone as a data journalist. His team’s work to analyse misinformation has won a Sigma data journalism award for best News Application and they are still producing great data journalism … Continue reading

Data journalism for the people! Ben Welsh and MaryJo Webster on the state of local data journalism

How do you make data journalism that matters to people about where they live? In the latest Data Journalism Podcast, Alberto and Simon explore local data journalism with two of the leading practitioners of the field. MaryJo Webster is the data editor for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and has devoted herself to training data journalists. Ben Welsh is the … Continue reading

2021 in data journalism: Scott Klein on how ProPublica does it, plus our favourite projects of the year

Scott Klein leads the teams at ProPublica that work at the intersection of journalism and technology. He is also co-founder of DocumentCloud, a service that helps news organizations search, manage and present their source documents. He sits on the board of the Muckrock Foundation. In our latest Data Journalism podcast episode, Scott, Alberto and Simon chat … Continue reading

Inside The Pudding

Matt Daniels and Caitlyn Ralph are just two of the team behind The Pudding, a visual collective of great visual data journalism – where you can find longform data journalism such as this hunt for the internet’s oldest image, this guide to why women’s pockets are inferior and how many times a character says “cool” … Continue reading

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

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

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