Elvis: tracking tax money and revealing corruption

Elvis image by Matej Chudada

Corruption in public spending is a problem in many countries around the world. Elvis, the data platform – not the singer, visualises European pubic spending data also known as procurement data or tender data to help journalists find fishy relationships between governments and companies.

How not to be wrong

Sketchnote of Gebeloffs talk by Phil Ninh

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.

‘Are you fucking kidding me?’, and other additions to the five W’s.

Referring back to the Five “W”s helps journalists address the fundamental questions that every story should be able to answer. Recent events, however, 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.

The new quantitative journalism

Personally I consider this a must read for all in the field of data journalism. Andrew Gelman wonders why there were no skeptical, investigative, quantitative journalists decades ago? A growing lists of professionals answers his question: because of the lack of tools; emerging technologies; or better education that leads to more data literacy. The true gold is to be found in the comments – about the new quantitative journalism.

The Ultimate Guide to Bad Data

An exhaustive reference to problems seen in real-world data along with suggestions on how to resolve them. As a reporter your world is full of data. And those data are 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.

How to use the Feynman technique to refine your bullshit radar

“If someone cannot explain something in plain English, then we should question whether they really do themselves understand what they profess. If the person in question is communicating ostensibly to a non-specialist audience using specialist terms out of context, the first question on our lips should be: “Why?”” In the words the influential theoretical physicist Richard Feynman: “It is possible to follow form and call it science, but that is pseudoscience.”

9 tips for recognising bulshitting politicians

Economist, writer and presenter of Radio 4’s More or Less, Tim Harford, has identified the habit of some politicians as not so much lying – to lie means having some knowledge of the truth – as “bullshitting”: a carefree disregard of whether the number is appropriate or not. The Guardian is happy to present a guide for spotting dodgy statistics.