A plea for data-driven stories to go undercover, and center around the story, not around the data, analysis or technology that keeps the story afloat.
Should you learn Python, R or SQL? Investigative reporter Luuk Sengers discusses the ‘tribal war’ at hand in data journalism.
Where to start if you’re new to data journalism? Sure, you should probably start with a story, but then what? Nowadays there are so many tools available, it can be… Read More
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.
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.
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 newspaper has been getting serious about the graphs its produces. This article covers some of the changes the newsroom made concerning their data visualisations: 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.
“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.
This article discusses the kinds of people you meet in newsrooms going digital, but it’s equally true for newsrooms embracing data. You’ll always find some Natives, Naturals, Collaborators, and Fearfuls. Whatever happens, you don’t want to be among the Fearful – fear is a bad advisor. Focus on the good side of innovation, and embrace it in your own pace.