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Powering lifestyle journalism with data

Data journalism isn't just for hard news

In our latest long read, Sabrina Faramarzi tells us how she found fertile ground for data storytelling in lifestyle journalism. From culture to fashion and entertainment, she points to the best formats, data sources and techniques to help you get started.

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Case studies

Investigating troubling content on Amazon

How BuzzFeed, POLITICO Europe and Fast Company used digital data recipes in their reporting

This case study examines how a team of researchers, journalists and students investigated COVID-19 conspiracy content sold on the world's largest online marketplace.

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Best practices

Turbulent with a chance of data

Journalism's drone powered futures

Journalists can use drones to generate data for stories, not just for panoramic and aerial visuals. In our latest long-read article, Monika Sengul-Jones explains the potential opportunities and pitfalls for using them in your storytelling.

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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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Data collection

Conflict reporting with data

A guide for journalists

Access to information is often impossible in war -- especially when journalists disappear. But using data reporting in conflict zones can change that. To mark World Press Freedom Day, Sherry Ricchiardi provides a journalist's guide on how to use data to report on conflict-affected regions remotely.

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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.

Fundamental search for journalists video course

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

Covering issues

The power of data storytelling for lifestyle journalism

Data journalism can go beyond hard news. Sabrina Faramarzi explains how journalists can inject data into their fashion, music, consumer, travel and other lifestyle stories.

Sabrina Faramarzi

Case studies

Investigating troubling content on Amazon

A team of researchers, journalists and students collaborated to investigate online conspiracy theories online. This is how they did it.

Best practices

Turbulent with a chance of data: Journalism’s drone-powered futures

Drone journalism isn't just for photojournalists. News organisations can use sensors and mapping technology from UAVs to create a range of data sets for storytelling, explains Monika Sengul-Jones.

Resources

Excel dynamic array functions: what data journalists need to know

Excel 365’s dynamic array functions and their radically new and powerful take on formulas will help put you and the data on speaking terms, writes Abbott Katz. Here's how journalists can take advantage of the full potential of Excel spreadsheets.

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 visualisation

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.

Data visualisation

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

Quality journalism
Countering hate speech

Julia Mozer

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Fundamental search for journalists

Vincent Ryan

Coding
Python for journalists

Winny de Jong

Best practices
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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"I'm having a problem: Whenever I try to run the df = pd.read_csv('results.csv') command, I get the error below. I..."

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

"Hello, command 'create' is not working on my macbook plz help"

"Hi everyone. My name is Greg Hall and I'm a Newcastle-based journalist here on the eastern seaboard of Australia...."

"Hi, I'm glad that I can sill join in 2021 :)"

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

"Excellent Martin - learnt a lot - you explain very well. Thank you"

"Amazing course! Thank you, Maarten!"

"Hi Mykyta! You can use the menu on the right to view the lessons or jump to the topics you want to explore"

"Hi Winny, your videos are helping me a lot in this new area of coding, in this module in a special way, because..."

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

"Hi Pascal, when I use the fiule you list above my system is very (very) slow. I've filtered on 1944 in the same way..."

"love it! it's simple, helpful and exciting!"

"Thank you Mr. Rogers. I learnt a lot of things. It help me the fact you add a lot of examples and everything is..."

"Thank you Vincent for this course."

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

"So grateful for this course. Thanks again!!!"

"Same here. The version installed is Zurich"

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

"Fascinating and customizable to different contexts."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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..."

"Great beginning!"

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

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

"Hi Sir ..i m very very Excited"

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

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

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

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

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

"I cannot download the excel file!"

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

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

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

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