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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, Eva Belmonte explores how data is blurring the lines between advocacy and journalism.

Case studies

Data analysis

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.

Data visualisation

Data analysis

Geographic information systems: a use case for journalists

Geographical information systems, or GIS, provide one of the most efficient means of uncovering spatial patterns in geographic data. Jacques Marcoux provides a walkthrough of how GIS tools can be leveraged for original news content.

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

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.

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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

Video course
Fundamental search for journalists

Vincent Ryan

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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