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Uncovering the truth: Exploring the benefits of federated databases for policing records

Data journalism not only supports pieces, but can also bring to light previously inaccessible facts and stories. This article explains how, by working across domains and disciplines, we can find hard data that helps keep police accountable at scale.

They're not database rows; they're people

Does your newsroom have a personal information release policy? This in-depth article looks at how people's well-being can be affected when they're represented in a data series, and what data journalists and newsrooms can do to improve the situation.

How data can power public health investigations — through collaboration

If there's one thing we've learned from COVID-19, it's how important data journalism is to public health. This article explores the power of collaboration and the tireless work behind actually making public data understandable to the world.

It’s time to rethink how we report election results

Elections are ideal for data-driven storytelling, but it's difficult and riddled with hazards. How can we achieve better outcomes? This article discusses how to improve political data-journalism reporting.

Putting data analysis into your radio programme

With teamwork at its core, this comprehensive guide for data radio reporting will teach you the fundamentals of effective audio storytelling and how to choose which platform is appropriate for your data.

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.

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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November 2022

Issue #98: How to save data journalism

In our latest Conversations with Data episode, we spoke with Bahareh Heravi and Simon Rogers about the importance of archiving data journalism.

October 2022

Issue #97: Inside the Uber Files

In our latest Conversations with Data episode, we spoke with ICIJ's team about the Uber Files.

October 2022

Issue #96: Eye on data journalism in Iran

In our latest Conversations with Data episode, we spoke with Tehran Bureau about covering Iran with data journalism.

September 2022

Issue #95: The state of FOI in Europe

In our latest Conversations with Data episode, we spoke with openDemocracy, Right To Know and Context about the state of freedom of information in Europe.

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