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The dos and don'ts of predictive journalism

Bad predictions, especially in high-stakes stories, can be more than confusing and misleading -- they can be dangerous. G. Elliott Morris draws on examples from political journalism to describe some guidelines for good predictive journalism.

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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 and making sense of it? This book is a collaborative experiment responding to these and other questions.

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

Data analysis

Covering issues

The dos and don'ts of predictive journalism

Bad predictions, especially in high-stakes stories, can be more than confusing and misleading -- they can be dangerous. G. Elliott Morris draws on examples from political journalism to describe some guidelines for good predictive journalism.

G. Elliott Morris

Data analysis

Data journalism: a guide for editors

Editing investigations is challenging enough, but particularly when you're not familiar with data methods. Maud Beelman and Jennifer LaFleur share guidance for project editors on best practices for workflows, bulletproofing, and writing techniques.

Coding

Ethics

De-identification for data journalists

Personal information is often mixed in with data that are vital to a story, raising ethical questions around publication. Vojtěch Sedlák covers four techniques to de-identify data and simple ways journalists can introduce them into their workflows.

Covering issues

Data journalism in disaster zones

In emergencies, the rapid evolution of events, combined with unreliable information and data, mean that journalists run the risk of rushing reports without double-checking accuracy -- or worse, getting caught in the storm themselves.

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 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

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.

Ethics

Privacy and data leaks

From the Snowden revelations to the Panama Papers, reporters and editors face complex decisions when it comes to reporting on leaked 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 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.

Our Data Journalism Handbooks

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.

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Detailed courses and expert interviews for all workflow levels

Video course
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

Data visualisation
Mapping for Journalists

Maarten Lambrechts

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 collection
Cleaning Data in Excel

Maarten Lambrechts

Data visualisation
Mapping for Journalists

Maarten Lambrechts

Data visualisation
Charting Tools for the Newsroom

Maarten Lambrechts

Best practices
When to hire a data journalist

Winny de Jong

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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"This professional hacker is absolutely reliable and I strongly recommend him for any type of hack you require. I..."

"Thank you i´m starting this course, is very interesting!"

"Hi! Around 2:10 in the second video (Advanced Search) you say "Google came about in 2009. It's now 20 years old."..."

"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."

"This professional hacker is absolutely reliable and I strongly recommend him for any type of hack you require. I..."

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

"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..."

"Wow, what a unique opportunity. This is the first time I heard about "J++". So excited to start."

"Great course, Maarten. I teach statistics in Excel to graduate students in the U.S. and am always looking for ways..."

"Great course! Lessons are really well organized, explanations are clear, and the exercises are useful. Totally worth..."

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