Year: 2016

The Ultimate Guide to Bad Data

As a reporter your world is full of data, which is full of problems. This guide presents thorough descriptions and suggested solutions to many of the kinds of problems that you will encounter when working with data.

Over-Politeness Is the Fatal Flaw in the Open Data Movement

As long as significant numbers of transparency advocates are engaged constructively on the business of getting open data releases out, the pace of significant transparency reforms will be slowed. Overly-friendly collaboration between governments and transparency advocates sucks the oxygen out of the room. And we need that oxygen to fuel the fires that can burn down the doors to the state, and to parasitic organizations like anonymous shell companies that are dependent upon inaction by the state.

8 tips to start a small data journalism team

“There are a bunch of skills needed in building news apps, but at the most abstract level they fall into three buckets: Code, Design, and Journalism. Recruit people who have at least two of those skills and be willing to teach them the third.” Demand journalism skills, and the willingness to learn and other tips for new hires for your data journalism team.