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Data’s Role in the Disinformation War

How can data journalism assist in combating and disseminating misinformation about Ukraine's war? Our most recent article will teach you how to ensure the accuracy of your reporting by providing you with a lengthy list of resources to bookmark.

How to preserve data journalism

How can journalists preserve their interactive data journalism pieces? Professor Bahareh Heravi analyses the problem and provides recommendations to ensure innovative data storytelling isn't lost within the media.

This is where data journalists get their ideas from

Data journalists often get their ideas from a variety of sources, including questions and tips from readers, news events, and data releases. In this guide, you'll find some tips on how to generate new deas for your data journalism reporting.

Humanising data: Connecting numbers and people

How can journalists connect numbers with people? With in-depth case studies from The New York Times to ProPublica and NPR, contributor Sherry Ricchiardi explains how to humanise the data.

Wrangling the robots: Leveraging smart data-driven software for newsmaking

Existing data-driven tools and software can help alleviate the pressure points for journalists in their day-to-day reporting. Monika Sengul-Jones explains the benefits and challenges of incorporating them in the newsroom.

The history of data journalism

From the 1950s to the present day, Brant Houston explores how data journalism first began.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Evidence of a solution: using data to report more than just bad news

While data journalists often produce rigorous reporting about social issues, there is less on responding to the same problems. Brent Walth provides an overview of solutions journalism frameworks, and why they're important for data journalism.

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.

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August 2022

Issue #94: Making sense of data collection during conflict

In our latest Conversations with Data episode, we spoke with ACAPS.org, OCCRP, The Insider and Texty.ua about data collection and finding reliable sources for Russia-Ukraine War coverage.

August 2022

Issue #93: Innovative storytelling for war coverage

In our latest Conversations with Data episode, we spoke with CNN and the FT about using innovative storytelling methods for the Russia-Ukraine War coverage.

July 2022

Issue #92: Navigating the Russia-Ukraine War with OSINT technologies

In our latest Conversations with Data episode, we spoke with Bellingcat, The New York Times and AFP about how they use OSINT technologies to cover the war in Ukraine

June 2022

Issue #91: The rise of data journalism in Asia

In our latest Conversations with Data episode, we spoke about how data journalism is growing in Asia.

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