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Case studies

Simulating a pandemic

The backstory of The Washington Post's most-read article

Harry Stevens' hit story visualised how pandemics like COVID-19 spread, and why social distancing is critical to flattening the curve. We spoke with The Washington Post's graphics reporter about how he used data, design, and code to create compelling simulations that made an impact.

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Best practices

Data, diets, and disease

Best practices on the public health beat

Public health reporting has the potential to empower communities. Yet, medical research is often confusing and easy to misreport. Investigative health reporter Aneri Pattani explains how to understand medical research data, challenge it, and, of course, report it accurately and ethically.

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Bringing the power of data to deadline stories

Data journalism isn't just for investigative projects or in-depth reporting. MaryJo Webster explains how to tell quick powerful stories with data when the clock is ticking.

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The 2020 Sigma Data Awards

A brand new competition to celebrate the best data journalism from around the world.

The Sigma Awards is a new data journalism award which aims to not just celebrate the best data journalism around the world, but also to empower, elevate and enlighten the global community of data journalists.

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The unspoken rules of visualisation

Designers almost always adhere to a set of strict conventions for their visualisations. Kaiser Fung examines the fundamental rules of data visualisation, why they are important, and when it is okay to break them.

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Journalism first: doing advocacy with data on your side

Often referred to as the ‘fourth estate’, journalism is key to a democratic society. But sometimes just reporting on an issue isn’t enough. To promote accountability, Civio founder Eva Belmonte explains how to use data in journalism investigations to bring about change.

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Case studies

Tackling math anxiety in journalism students

In a world where journalists are also ‘numbers’ people, teachers need to find innovative ways to overcome their students' math anxieties. Using research from other disciplines, Kayt Davies outlines fun exercises that can be used in any classroom.

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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

Case studies

Simulating a pandemic

The most-read piece on The Washington Post's website visualised how pandemics like COVID-19 spread and how social distancing can flatten the curve. We explore the impact of the simulations and how graphics reporter Harry Stevens did it.

Best practices

Data, diets and disease

Public health reporting has the potential to empower communities. Yet, medical research is easy to misreport. Aneri Pattani explains how to understand medical research data, challenge it, and, of course, report it accurately and ethically.

Data analysis

Covering issues

Bringing the power of data to deadline stories

There’s often a perception that data journalism is reserved for investigative projects or in-depth reporting. MaryJo Webster explains how to tell powerful quick turnaround stories with data -- all on a deadline.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Quality journalism
Countering hate speech

Julia Mozer

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

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

Video course
Fundamental search for journalists

Vincent Ryan

Data visualisation
Mapping for Journalists

Maarten Lambrechts

Data visualisation
Charting Tools for the Newsroom

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 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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"The clean data.ipynb file isn't there when I open Jupyter"

"Great to be here I am Roger Verhoeven from The Netherlands"

"Hi, I have downloaded and Installed the Anaconda package but I'm unable to use commands in the terminal. It says..."

"Thank you for this useful, well-structured course."

"Where do I start the journey?"

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

"Hi Peace be on you Sir. I cannot see quiz here plz if someone."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Hi Sir ..i m very very Excited"

"Thank You Sir. Its really very amazing subject."

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

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

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

"Vincent that was really useful and informative. Thank you."

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

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