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.
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.
Chances are, you probably think your mind works pretty well. But you’d be wrong. Our brains fool us all the time. And we typically have no idea that it’s happening. How graphics, including charts, interactives and other visual tools, can help show us our mind’s shortcomings.
“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.