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Madolyn Smith

Editor European Journalism Centre

Biography

Madolyn Smith is an Editor for the European Journalism Centre's Data team, where she runs the Long Reads section on DataJournalism.com and the Conversations with Data newsletter.

In addition to data journalism, she's got a keen interest in data protection and privacy, with 2 years of experience advising government and industry on privacy compliance. Prior to this, she's worked as a Senior Content Manager for the United Nations in Bangkok, and developed policy on emerging technologies, media regulation, and algorithmic accountability for the Australian Government.

Content by Madolyn

Visualisation
Let's talk data vis

We spoke to our Data Journalism Handbook 2 authors about data visualisation trends and challenges for newsrooms.

Best practices
Why we love journalistic databases

Databases can be so much more than just a place to find stories. Why not make a database the story? To showcase their storytelling power, we looked at 7 of the community's favourite examples of journalistic databases.

Coding
Data journalism on the blockchain

When we talk about blockchain and journalism, the focus is often on trust and sustainability. But the technology also opens up a whole new world of data for journalists to explore.

Data journalism
Data journalism in the post-truth world

Unfortunately for data journalists, it’s easy for our arsenal of numbers and statistics to aid various untruths. In this edition, First Draft answers your questions on tackling information disorder.

Data journalism
Award-worthy data journalism

With tips from past awardees, circuit observers, and competition insiders, this edition of Conversations with Data answers the crucial question: ‘What makes data journalism award-worthy?’

Best practices
Historical data journalism

To shed light on the work of early data pioneers, we collected four of your favourite examples of data journalism from history.

Analysis
SPIEGEL ONLINE

SPIEGEL ONLINE’s data team joined us to answer your questions on algorithmic accountability reporting, and the teamwork behind it.

Story publication Coding
Reproducible journalism

For this conversation, we got talking with Jeremy Singer-Vine, Stephen Stirling, Timo Grossenbacher, and more, about how to set your stories up for repeatability.

Data journalism
Data Journalism Handbook 2

Following the beta release of the Data Journalism Handbook 2, we gave you the opportunity to quiz its editors, Jonathan Gray and Liliana Bounegru, on what they have in store.

Visualisation
Lying charts?

If a picture speaks a thousand words, then it can also speak a thousand lies. For this edition of Conversations with Data, we spoke to someone who knows all too well about the visual trumpery of charts: Alberto Cairo.

Visualisation
Favourite maps

Just because you can map, doesn’t mean you should. To share best practices, we asked our resident geography and cartography geeks for some of their favourites.

Data journalism
The Markup

We spoke to Jeff Larson about The Markup, a newsroom dedicated to investigating the social impacts of technology.

Coding
Data scraping for stories

Data scraping is a process that allows you to extract content from a webpage using a specialised tool or by writing a piece of code. We spoke to six experts for their tips on scraping for stories.

Data journalism
Social data reporting

This edition of Conversations with Data brings you an 'ask me anything' with the author of the Handbook’s social media chapter, BuzzFeed’s Lam Thuy Vo.

Data journalism
Environmental data journalism

Despite the volume of data available, reporting on the environment can be complex and challenging. To help, we asked for your advice and collated these into a roundup of five must-read tips.

Best practices
Fact-checking

Armed with data, fact-checking organisations across the globe work tirelessly to help separate these facts from fiction, and any misnomers in-between.

Visualisation
Favourite chart types

Although the best chart type always depends on your dataset, it doesn't mean that we can't have go-tos. Here's five of the community's favourite charts.

Best practices
West Africa Leaks

Over several months, an investigation team poured over 27.5 million documents to reveal how Africa's elites hide billions offshore. Did these documents ever mislead them? How did they verify? Will Fitzgibbon and Daniela Lepiz answer your questions.

Best practices
West Africa leaks

Companies in West Africa make billions every year, yet most of the region’s citizens live on less than $2 a day. Why? Well, as West Africa Leaks revealed, the answer often lies in two words: tax evasion.

Best practices
World Cup data journalism

Still running high on football fever, we brought you a special edition of Conversations with data, to look back at a tournament full of inspiring data journalism.

Best practices
9 questions about the World Cup, and how data journalists answered them

The 2018 World Cup might be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the data journalism that it inspired. We collated a full roundup of data journalism that dissected, predicted, and queried the World Cup.

Analysis
Open data

The term ‘open data’ might imply that it’s readily available, but it was clear from your submissions in this edition that accessing relevant data isn’t without its challenges.

Visualisation
Immersive storytelling

Journalistic uses of augmented reality, virtual reality, 360 video, and other techniques, have gained momentum over the past few years, so we got the Journalism 360 ambassadors onboard to answer your questions about immersive storytelling.

Data journalism
Crowdsourcing

Whether you're collecting data from the crowd, or crowdsourcing advice for a project, this edition features the community's top tips for success.

Analysis
Algorithmic reporting

Reporting with algorithms and on them. Nick Diakopoulous, Jens Finnas, and Laurence Dierickx share their tips.

Analysis
How to watchdog algorithms

What happens when algorithms go wrong? Nick Diakopoulos wants to refocus the traditional watchdog role of journalists and hold powerful algorithms to account.

Data journalism
Our concept

What is Conversations with Data? Our concept and how to participate.

Story publication Data journalism
When data writes…who is the author?

If a robot wrote this article, you may not know it. The movement to produce automated content has accelerated in the past few years. But editorial policies have not kept up. Why are attribution and crediting policies important for 'robot journalism'?

Analysis Data journalism
Get curious about data

Where does data come from? What can journalists do with it? And what happens once they're done with it? Jonathan Stray explores these questions and more.