Spotlight on data journalism

Making our data journalism stand out on social media

Here’s some we prepared earlier

The stories produced by The Economist’s data team attract a lot of readers. Some of the team’s most popular pieces include our own glass ceiling index and a daily chart about the most dangerous cities in the world. It didn’t come as a surprise that, when we asked our readers what content they wanted to see more of, they said data journalism. So we decided to take two main steps to meet this demand. Continue reading “Spotlight on data journalism”

Text-as-data journalism? Highlights from a decade of SOTU speech coverage

January 2012: The National Post’s graphics team analyzes keywords used in State of the Union addresses by presidents Bush and Obama / Image: © Richard Johnson/The National Post

In a guest post for OJB, Barbara Maseda looks at how the media has used text-as-data to cover State of the Union addresses over the last decade. Continue reading “Text-as-data journalism? Highlights from a decade of SOTU speech coverage”

All my data journalism ebooks are $5 or less this Christmas

 

The prices of my 3 data journalism ebooks — Data Journalism Heist, Finding Stories in Spreadsheets and Scraping for Journalists — have been cut to $5 on Leanpub in the lead up to Christmas. And if you want to get all 3, you can also get the data journalism books bundle on Leanpub for more than half price over the same period, at $13. Get them while it lasts!

Filed under: online journalism Tagged: books, data journalism, Data Journalism Heist, Finding Stories In Spreadsheets, sale, Scraping for Journalists  

Data journalism’s AI opportunity: the 3 different types of machine learning & how they have already been used

This week I’m rounding off the first semester of classes on the new MA in Data Journalism with a session on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Machine learning is a subset of AI — and an area which holds enormous potential for journalism, both as a tool and as a subject for journalistic scrutiny.

So I thought I would share part of the class here, showing some examples of how the 3 types of machine learning — supervised, unsupervised, and reinforcement — have already been used for journalistic purposes, and using those to explain what those are along the way. Continue reading “Data journalism’s AI opportunity: the 3 different types of machine learning & how they have already been used”

Here are all the presentations from Data Journalism UK 2017

Last week I had the pleasure of hosting the second annual Data Journalism UK conference in Birmingham.

The event featured speakers from the regional press, hyperlocal publishers, web startups, nonprofits, and national broadcasters in the UK and Ireland, with talks covering investigative journalism, automated factchecking, robot journalism, the Internet of Things, and networked, collaborative data journalism. You can read a report on the conference at Journalism.co.uk. Continue reading “Here are all the presentations from Data Journalism UK 2017”

Mapping now an essential tool in journalism

Mapping platforms like ARC online and Carto are good and useful reporting tools for analysis for journalists

Picture: WITS VUVUZELA

By Franco Havenga, Khuselwa Anda Tembani and Wesley Ford

The use of mapping platforms can take your story to a whole new level says data editor at The Investigative Reporting Workshop Jennifer LaFleur.

At the Global Investigative Journalism Conference, LaFleur led a session on creating maps from data, a technique called mapping which can improve the quality of investigative stories. She was assisted by Andy Lehren, an investigative reporter at NBC and the New York Times.

“This workshop is really … just to show them [journalists]the power of it so that they can learn more later, said LaFleur. “Mapping is a very good reporting tool for analysis.” Continue reading “Mapping now an essential tool in journalism”

How to: get started with SQL in Carto and create filtered maps

Today I will be introducing my MA Data Journalism students to SQL (Structured Query Language), a language used widely in data journalism to query databases, datasets and APIs.

I’ll be partly using the mapping tool Carto as a way to get started with SQL, and thought I would share my tutorial here (especially as since its recent redesign the SQL tool is no longer easy to find).

So, here’s how you can get started using SQL in Carto — and where to find that pesky SQL option. Continue reading “How to: get started with SQL in Carto and create filtered maps”

Data Journalism Awards 2018: call for entries

Data Journalism—the skill of combining reporting with data—is becoming an increasingly important part of every journalist’s toolkit. That’s not just anecdotal: a recent study commissioned by the Google News Lab found that half of all news outlets have at least one dedicated data journalist.

So, for the seventh consecutive year, we’re proud to support the 2018 Data Journalism Awards. Continue reading “Data Journalism Awards 2018: call for entries”

How one Norwegian data team keeps track of their data journalism projects

In a special guest post Anders Eriksen from the #bord4 editorial development and data journalism team at Norwegian news website Bergens Tidende talks about how they manage large data projects.

Do you really know how you ended up with those results after analyzing the data from Public Source?

Well, often we did not. This is what we knew:

  • We had downloaded some data in Excel format.
  • We did some magic cleaning of the data in Excel.
  • We did some manual alterations of wrong or wrongly formatted data.
  • We sorted, grouped, pivoted, and eureka! We had a story!

Then we got a new and updated batch of the same data. Or the editor wanted to check how we ended up with those numbers, that story. Continue reading “How one Norwegian data team keeps track of their data journalism projects”

9 *more* newsletters about data and vis? Yes!

A few weeks ago I posted a list of 9 great newsletters about data. The post generated so many suggestions of other newsletters that I thought I’d gather them together in a follow-up post. So, here are 9 more newsletters about data journalism, data science, and data visualisation.

1. Graphic Content

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Graphic Content is a regular email newsletter — and Tumblr blog — from the head of data and transparency at the Institute for Government, Gavin Freeguard.

The format is simple: a collection of lists to some of the most interesting data visualisation, data journalism and ‘meta data’ (other links about data) that day. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.

2. Hacks/Hackers

 

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Hacks/Hackers is a global network of meetups for journalists (hacks) and developers (hackers) interested in the potential of data for newsgathering and storytelling.

The network also has a weekly email which recently reached its 100th issue. It also rounds up events around the world in the week ahead, jobs, funding and useful links. You can subscribe to it on their blog.

3. Best in Visual Storytelling

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Rachel Schallom emailed to let me know about her weekly visual journalism newsletter Best in Visual Storytelling, “which isn’t 100% about data, but includes a ton of data-driven projects.” It arrives on Mondays. The sign-up form is here.

4. Data Elixir

The first of four newsletters suggested by Jeremy Singer-Vine, whose newsletter Data Is Plural featured in the original post, Data Elixir is “a weekly newsletter of curated data science news and resources from around the web” on Tuesdays, from Lon Riesberg. It’s already passed 150 issues.

5. Data Science Weekly

Surpassing that, Data Science Weekly recently hit its 200th issue. It focuses on data science, with news, articles and jobs. The archive covers everything from predicting NFL plays to tutorials on creating a bar chart.

6. Data & Society

Data & Society is a research institute “focused on the social and cultural issues arising from data-centric technological development.”

If you’re interested in the more critical/academic side of data journalism, their newsletter provides updates on their research, events, and other useful links.

7. The Data Science Community newsletter

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NYU’s Center for Data Science publishes its own newsletter focused on the data science community and “featuring data science news delivered with humor & snark plus an always popular Tweet of the Week”. The emphasis here is on breadth with lots of detail on each link.

8. data.world Data Digest

Gabriela Swider from data.world – a new platform for sharing and analysing data – got in touch to recommend their Data Digest, which highlights a few of the most interesting datasets on the platform every Friday. Subscribe here.

9. Naked Data

And rounding off the list on a high is Jason Norwood-Young’s newsletter Naked Data — recommended by Anastasia Valeeva. “Sign up for a weekly roundup of the best data journalism projects, news, tech and happenings from around the world,” promises the sign up page. There’s a lot here beyond the usual suspects, and it’s well curated.

If you know of any newsletters not mentioned here or in the previous post, please let me know!

Filed under: online journalism Tagged: Anastasia Valeeva, Best in Visual Storytelling, Data & Society, Data Elixir, Data Science Weekly, data.world, email, Gabriela Swider, Gavin Freeguard, Graphic Content, hacks/hackers, Jason Norwood-Young, Lon Riesberg, Naked Data, newsletters, NYU Center for Data Science, Rachel Schallom

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