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They're not database rows; they're people

Your newsroom needs a personal information release policy. Here are some ideas on how to start

Does your newsroom have a personal information release policy? How do you protect privacy and personal lives that make up your data? This in-depth article examines how the representation of people in a data series can have an impact on their wellbeing and offers suggestions for how data journalists and newsrooms can help.

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How data can power public health investigations — through collaboration

How collaboration makes sense of data and drives investigations

If there's one thing we've learned from COVID-19, it's how important data journalism is to public health. We've seen data about global events surface and be presented in ways that were previously thought impossible. This article explores the power of collaboration and the tireless work behind making public data understandable.

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Putting data analysis into your radio programme

Surround yourself with data

With teamwork at its core, this comprehensive guide for data radio reporting will teach you the fundamentals of effective audio storytelling and how to choose which platform is appropriate for your data.

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Data’s Role in the Disinformation War

Journalists use digital tools to fight back

How can data journalism assist in combating and disseminating misinformation about Ukraine's war? Our most recent article will teach you how to ensure the accuracy of your reporting by providing you with a lengthy list of resources to bookmark.

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Best practices

How to preserve data journalism

Exploring the possibilities for archiving data storytelling

Outdated plugins and error pages can riddle data journalism years after a journalist hits publish. This is the case for interactive data visualisations. Unfortunately, news outlets neglect this issue of preservation. Bahareh R. Heravi's latest article explains the challenges and potential solutions for saving this content.

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Resources

This is where data journalists get their ideas from

A guide to generate data journalism stories

Data journalists often get their ideas from a variety of sources, including questions and tips from readers, news events, and data releases. In this guide, you'll find some tips on how to generate new deas for your data journalism reporting.

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Data Journalism Handbook 2

Towards a Critical Data Practice

What is data journalism? What is it for? What might it do? What opportunities and limitations does it present? Who and what is involved in making sense of it? This book is a collaborative experiment responding to these and other questions.

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Verification Handbook +Translations

For Disinformation And Media Manipulation

The Verification Handbook brings a fresh new angle to the extremely relevant topics of misinformation and disinformation. The book is available for free download in English, Arabic, Turkish, Italian and German.

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Video course

Fundamental search for journalists

In this course we're going through some of the tips and tricks on how to make your own research faster and more accurate using Google's tools.

Python for journalists

Video course

Python for journalists

This course is meant for journalists looking to learn the most common uses of Python for data journalism. You'll learn how to set up Python and all related tools on your computer, clean up messy datasets, analyse data and scrape data.

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Our original Long Reads, written by the best data experts

Best practices

They're not database rows; they're people

Does your newsroom have a personal information release policy? This in-depth article looks at how people's well-being can be affected when they're represented in a data series, and what data journalists and newsrooms can do to improve the situation.

Data collection

How data can power public health investigations — through collaboration

If there's one thing we've learned from COVID-19, it's how important data journalism is to public health. This article explores the power of collaboration and the tireless work behind actually making public data understandable to the world.

Data analysis

It’s time to rethink how we report election results

Elections are ideal for data-driven storytelling, but it's difficult and riddled with hazards. How can we achieve better outcomes? This article discusses how to improve political data-journalism reporting.

Best practices

Putting data analysis into your radio programme

With teamwork at its core, this comprehensive guide for data radio reporting will teach you the fundamentals of effective audio storytelling and how to choose which platform is appropriate for your data.

Data analysis

Putting data back into context

Data are never neutral ‘givens’, but always situated in a particular context, collected for a particular reason -- and it’s crucial that data journalists understand these.

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The unspoken rules of visualisation

Designers often follow a set of strict conventions when creating visualisations. Kaiser Fung examines the fundamental rules of data visualisation, why they are important, and when it is okay to break them.

Covering issues

Reporting beyond the case numbers: How to brainstorm COVID-19 data story ideas

While many journalists around the world report the daily infection rate and death toll of COVID-19, audiences are seeking other stories that show the impact of the virus on their lives. How can journalists tell those wider stories with data?

Data visualisation

The essential lies in news maps

In order to display three-dimensional world we live in, journalists are forced to distort reality. And every map does so in its own way. Maarten Lambrechts looks at commonly used maps and how to avoid being misled by them.

Data visualisation

The essential lies in news maps

In order to display three-dimensional world we live in, journalists are forced to distort reality. And every map does so in its own way. Maarten Lambrechts looks at commonly used maps and how to avoid being misled by them.

Data analysis

Putting data back into context

Data are never neutral ‘givens’, but always situated in a particular context, collected for a particular reason -- and it’s crucial that data journalists understand these.

Data analysis

Spreadsheets for journalism

Many journalists see themselves as “word people” and shy away from writing about numbers. Brant Houston shows how to embrace math with an overview of spreadsheets and functions for beginners.

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Ethics

Designing data visualisations with empathy

How do you get audience members, much less the journalists presenting a story, to walk a mile in the shoes of a dot? Or a bar chart? P. Kim Bui provides three approaches for achieving empathy in data visualisations.

For Disinformation And Media Manipulation

The latest edition of the Verification Handbook arrives at a critical moment. Today’s information environment is more chaotic and easier to manipulate than ever before. This book equips journalists with the knowledge to investigate social media accounts, bots, private messaging apps, information operations, deep fakes, as well as other forms of disinformation and media manipulation.

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The first resource of its kind, it builds on the first edition of the Verification Handbook and the Verification Handbook for Investigative Reporting.

The book is published by the European Journalism Centre and supported by Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

Towards a Critical Data Practice

What is data journalism? What is it for? What might it do? What opportunities and limitations does it present? Who and what is involved in making and making sense of it?

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The new edition of the Data Journalism Handbook explores new and innovative ways in which data is analysed, created and used in the context of journalism. And beyond that: it also reflects on the social, cultural, political and economic circumstances in which data journalism is embedded.

How journalists can use data to improve the news

When you combine the sheer scale and range of digital information now available with a journalist’s "nose for news" and her ability to tell a compelling story, a new world of possibility opens up. Explore the potential, limits, and applied uses of this new and fascinating field.

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This valuable handbook has attracted scores of contributors since the European Journalism Centre and the Open Knowledge Foundation launched the project at MozFest 2011. Through a collection of tips and techniques from leading journalists, professors, software developers, and data analysts, you’ll learn how data can be either the source of data journalism or a tool with which the story is told—or both.

A Guide To Online Search And Research Techniques For Using UGC And Open Source Information In Investigations

Based on the conclusions of the first book, this second edition of the Verification Handbook sheds light on the use of open data and open source information to produce critical journalistic investigations.

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As new challenges have emerged in the digital sphere, wider opportunities to carry out more comprehensive investigations have arisen as well. The authors of the book take the reader on a walk-through to hone their online investigation tactics, providing them with step-by-step guidance to apply research, fact-checking, and data journalism techniques.

A Definitive Guide To Verifying Digital Content For Emergency Coverage

The first edition of the Verification Handbook has become a definitive reference for professionals worldwide. This book laid the foundations for the process of digital content verification and opened a necessary debate about the steps to follow for ensuring the accuracy of reporting within emergency situations.

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Used by educators and journalists of any level, this pioneering book is an essential read for learning about the best-practices for verifying user-generated content and developing appropriate verification processes.

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Detailed courses and expert interviews for all workflow levels

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Julia Mozer

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Fundamental search for journalists

Vincent Ryan

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Python for journalists

Winny de Jong

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When to hire a data journalist

Winny de Jong

Data analysis
Going Viral Using Social Media Analytics

Stijn Debrouwere

Coding
Python for journalists

Winny de Jong

Covering issues
Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools

Paul Bradshaw, Steve Doig, Simon Rogers, Nicolas Kayser-Bril, Alberto Cairo

Video course
Fundamental search for journalists

Vincent Ryan

Data collection
Cleaning Data in Excel

Maarten Lambrechts

Data visualisation
Mapping for Journalists

Maarten Lambrechts

Quality journalism
Countering hate speech

Julia Mozer

Coding
Python for journalists

Winny de Jong

Covering issues
Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools

Paul Bradshaw, Steve Doig, Simon Rogers, Nicolas Kayser-Bril, Alberto Cairo

Data visualisation
Charting Tools for the Newsroom

Maarten Lambrechts

Data analysis
Going Viral Using Social Media Analytics

Stijn Debrouwere

Data collection
Cleaning Data in Excel

Maarten Lambrechts

Best practices
When to hire a data journalist

Winny de Jong

Data visualisation
Mapping for Journalists

Maarten Lambrechts

Case studies
Verification: The Basics

Craig Silverman, Claire Wardle

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"When I wrote and run 'import pandas as pd' from jupyter it gives the following error: ModuleNotFoundError ..."

"Thank you, Winny! I've started to get the basics of Python, Jupyter Notebook. Such a good feeling! I've always..."

"Can I use Colaboratory instead of Conda? How would I apply it for that?"

"Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, This is Hibamo Ayalew Basha from Nairobi, Kenya. I am excited to have joined this..."

"I think we should replace df = df.drop('Unnamed: 0', 1) --> I think it is no longer in use. with del..."

"I am finding it hard to have the data displayed on my QGIS. Can't say if it is the version. If i click on the data,..."

"There is a lot we can do with excel."

"Everything's great so far."

"Where is the quiz?"

"This is really wonderful, I learnt a lot. Thank you Sir."

"Hi Winny, I have tried to perform web scraping on two different websites but not successful. The error is "list..."

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"Amazing course! Thank you, Maarten!"

"Nice, short and highly informative course. Thank You!"

"This is so awesome! Really great professor. He explains everything in very simple manner."

"Short and concise course. Can't believe such good content is available for free. Thanks DataJournalism.com. Planning..."

"I watched this course video on VIMEO instead of on-site - will this be ok as course participation? Also, is it..."

"Hi, similar data is found here: https://data.world/datamil/world-war-ii-thor-data. It holds bombings of the entire world"

"Thank you for bringing this to our attention Tiberio. The resources are updated."

"The biggest problem is, especially in developing countries, that the huge part of civil society is not developed..."

"I've gained so much insight as a data-journalism enthusiast after reading this article. I'm really looking forward..."

"Same here. The version installed is Zurich"

"Thank you for this article - it made me inspired. I'm a synesthete (seeing colours and shapes of touch, music,..."

"Fantastic Newsletter issue. Thanks for providing all this for free."

"Thank you very much. What I love the most from this course is the way Stijn Debrouwere thinks about Analytics and..."

"First, thank you for this opportunity course."

"Thanks for the guidance"

"hier steht gar nicht, wer den Artikel geschrieben hat, er war es: http://www.nickdiakopoulos.com/publications/"

"What about the countries of the conflicts wars internal like Libya?"

"Everyblock seems to be run down by new owner Nextdoor"

"For a social bookmarking site, I'd suggest https://tagpacker.com Before delicious.com was retired and became a..."

"What a great infographic! I am amazed. I have never saw an infographic, which is colourful and informative about the..."

"Pretty cool instruction! It directly shows me what a good and bad visualisation is."

"You make essential points for writers coming to data journalism. (Also, you provide analytic specialist with..."

"I am Wajahat Ullah from Pakistan. I am student of journalism and Mass communication at AWKUM."

"Hi Sir ..i m very very Excited"

"Can't seem to reach checkdesk.org right now. Hmmm..."

"For whoever interested on learning about Chartbuilder please note that Quartz is no longer developing or supporting..."

"I dont see the quiz on What is data journalism?"

"Great Insights about data scraping! They're very helpful. Here is a blog I would love to..."

"Great beginning!"

"This topic is also covered a lot in radio shows on https://emisorasderadioonline.es/"

"In these chart-builder videos some common data presentation mistakes are made. for example the scatter plot in this..."

"I like instad.io It is a free online restyler that converts a chart (Excel/Google Sheets) or, for example, a..."

"Geosocialfootprint,com isn't working properly. Are there any substitutes ?"

"I believe that Marksta and Tagg.ly are also outdated. Are there any alternatives?"

"What an amazing, interesting and useful course. Thank you, Maarten Lambrechts."

"Hi Vincent. I tried searching for flourish.studio/newsroom but it says the page doesn't exist. Any advice on how to..."

"I cannot download the excel file!"

"It was a nice presentation. Got a picture of managing a data journalism project in a nutshell"

"Thanks that was a good inside look"

"Thank you for sharing the list of investigation tools! This is fantastic. As a Canadian living in Montreal, I'm a..."

"Predictive analytics has grown in popularity in the healthcare and medical research communities but perhaps nothing..."

"Dear Erik, thank you for your detailed article, authentic voice, understandable. I am Magda from Greece and i have a..."

"Realizing that Reality is not what we make of it, the job for all human adults is to strive to make things clear..."

"Great, this is very insightful and eye opener. Excellent presentations, Thanks Mr. Rogers."

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