At the intersection of data and journalism, lots can go wrong. It’s possible that while your story is true, it’s also wrong. New York Times data journalist Robert Gebeloff shares his tactics to avoid that: how not to publish a true but wrong story ever again.
Recent events have shown that traditional journalistic practices might not be working as effectively as they used to. As such, here are a few additions to the Five “W”s that will surely come in handy for today’s journalists.
Must read: why were there no skeptical, investigative, quantitative journalists decades ago?
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.
“If someone cannot explain something in plain English, then we should question whether they really do themselves understand what they profess.”
Economist Tim Harford has identified the habit of some politicians to keep “bullshitting”. The Guardian is happy to present a guide for spotting dodgy statistics.
The newspaper has been getting serious about the graphs its produces. This article covers some of the changes the newsroom made: different tools (D3!), more mobile, graphics made for social media, and a monthly column on charts.
Belgium data journalist Maarten Lambrechts shares his thoughts on why explorables are the future, and what makes an explorable explanation great.
Two veteran journalists offer practical tips that reporters in even the smallest newsrooms can use to good effect. 25 tips on how to be focused on finding great characters and cases to bring your story to life.
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.