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Data collection

The promise of Wikidata

Wikidata can be a useful resource for journalists digging for data on a deadline. Monika Sengul-Jones explains the joy and perils of using the searchable data trove for your next story.

Resources

Privacy Day 2021: What journalists need to know

Are you doing enough to protect your data? For Privacy Day 2021, we asked a panel of cybersecurity and privacy experts to share their best tips and tools for helping journalists stay safe online.

Case studies

10 data journalism projects that made an impact in 2020: our ultimate COVID-19 roundup

DataJournalism.com celebrates some of the most noteworthy covid-related data stories of 2020.

Data collection

Harnessing Wikipedia's superpowers for journalism

Finding hidden data inside the world's free encyclopedia is no easy task for journalists. In Monika Sengul-Jones' long read article, she explains how to navigate the often unwieldy world of Wikipedia.

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.

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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

Video course
Fundamental search for journalists

Vincent Ryan

Data collection
Cleaning Data in Excel

Maarten Lambrechts

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

"Many thanks for this course. I have closed the csv file at the end of the script and now I'm getting a csv file..."

"Hi! An conda environment is a directory that contains a specific collection of conda packages that you have..."

"Nadine! From the US"

"Really excited with this opportunity!! Thanks!"

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

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

"Hi! Good Work! I was in a course of Python with a lot of videos, but could not understand nothing. Now, watching..."

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

"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..."

"Absolutely helpful, Maarten. Thanks for this marvelous course."

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

"Hello everybody. I want to congratulate all of you for this amazing, insighful and enlightening course. All the best."

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

"Simply great, really good teacher!"

"Thank you Vincent for this course."

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

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

"Hi, similar data is found here: https://data.world/datamil/world-war-ii-thor-data. It holds bombings of the entire world"

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

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

"Great introduction! Awesome to see how simple and yet effective this tutorial is :)"

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

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

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

"hier steht gar nicht, wer den Artikel geschrieben hat, er war es: http://www.nickdiakopoulos.com/publications/"

"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 Sir ..i m very very Excited"

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

"Really, really good. I learn a lot of new things to apply in my job. Thanks."

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

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

"Hello Maarten. I have a problem. When I upload the shape file, the project window of QGIS remains blank, nothing..."

"Where can students find the quizzes that accompany the lectures?"

"This was an excellent module! Thank you. I only wish I could see a few minutes introductory into editing the..."

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

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

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

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

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