Just because you can scrape it, doesn’t mean you should. As a data journalist, when is web scraping the right choice? And, more importantly, when is it right for you? Sophie Chou explores the technical and ethical challenges of scraping data.
Though this article discusses the kinds of people you meet in newsrooms going digital, it could have described the kinds of people you meet in newsrooms embracing data: the Natives, the Naturals, the Collaborators, and the Fearful. Whatever happens, you don’t want to be among the Fearful – fear is a bad advisor.
Three experts in data-driven news talk about the importance of cross border collaborations ahead of GEN’s Data Journalism Unconference.
According to Jake Porway, founder and executive director of Datakind, the best data visualisations inspire exploration. Infographicmakers should use their work to mobilize others; using data as a way to ask deep questions about our world and its future. “I think we can also all go out and start thinking about how data can truly be used to its fullest advantage.”
How do you transform data into a story? “The data is the starting point. You then have to do the shoe-leather reporting to find the human story in the statistics”, says Paul Steiger, founder and executive chairman of ProPublica. An interview about Propublica’s success and its roots.
Follow these simple guidelines to make your data or statistical releases as useful as possible.
In this interactive data visualisation designer Maximilian Kiener explains why the older you get, the more time seems to fly.