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How can journalists use a hypothesis-driven methodology to build a succinct narrative that serves forgotten or overlooked communities? Eva Constantaras and Anastasia Valeeva share their expertise in our latest guide.

A data journalist's guide to building a hypothesis

How can journalists use a hypothesis-driven methodology to build a succinct narrative that serves forgotten or overlooked communities? Eva Constantaras and Anastasia Valeeva share their expertise in our latest guide.

Conflict reporting with data: a guide for journalists

How can data journalism be used to ensure the accuracy and impact of war reporting? Sherry Ricchiardi provides a journalist's guide for using data to report on conflict-affected regions remotely.

Data visualisation by hand: drawing data for your next story

Learn to use data in a creative and inventive way through hand-drawing data visualisations. Dr Amelia McNamara explains how in her latest article.

Making numbers louder: telling data stories with sound

Sonification is all around us. But how can journalists take advantage of it for data storytelling? Miriam Quick and Duncan Geere take us through some compelling examples of how to bring data sonification into your reporting.

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.

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.

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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Verification Handbook 3

For Disinformation And Media Manipulation

The latest edition of the Verification Handbook arrives at a critical moment. Today’s information environment is more chaotic and easier to manipulate than ever before. This book equips journalists with the knowledge to investigate social media accounts, bots, private messaging apps, information operations, deep fakes, as well as other forms of disinformation and media manipulation.

The book is published by the European Journalism Centre and supported by Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

The Data Journalism Handbook 2

Towards a Critical Data Practice

What is data journalism? What is it for? What might it do? What opportunities and limitations does it present? Who and what is involved in making and making sense of it?

The new edition of the Data Journalism Handbook explores new and innovative ways in which data is analysed, created and used in the context of journalism. And beyond that: it also reflects on the social, cultural, political and economic circumstances in which data journalism is embedded.

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How Journalists Can Use Data to Improve the News

When you combine the sheer scale and range of digital information now available with a journalist’s "nose for news" and her ability to tell a compelling story, a new world of possibility opens up. Explore the potential, limits, and applied uses of this new and fascinating field.

This valuable handbook has attracted scores of contributors since the European Journalism Centre and the Open Knowledge Foundation launched the project at MozFest 2011. Through a collection of tips and techniques from leading journalists, professors, software developers, and data analysts, you’ll learn how data can be either the source of data journalism or a tool with which the story is told—or both.

Verification Handbook 2

A Guide To Online Search And Research Techniques For Using UGC And Open Source Information In Investigations

Based on the conclusions of the first book, this second edition of the Verification Handbook sheds light on the use of open data and open source information to produce critical journalistic investigations. As new challenges have emerged in the digital sphere, wider opportunities to carry out more comprehensive investigations have arisen as well. The authors of the book take the reader on a walk-through to hone their online investigation tactics, providing them with step-by-step guidance to apply research, fact-checking, and data journalism techniques.v

Verification Handbook 1

A Definitive Guide To Verifying Digital Content For Emergency Coverage

The first edition of the Verification Handbook has become a definitive reference for professionals worldwide. This book laid the foundations for the process of digital content verification and opened a necessary debate about the steps to follow for ensuring the accuracy of reporting within emergency situations. Used by educators and journalists of any level, this pioneering book is an essential read for learning about the best-practices for verifying user-generated content and developing appropriate verification processes.

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May 2021

Issue #75: Designing better data visualisations

Our latest Conversations with Data podcast features Maarten Lambrechts, a freelance data visualisation consultant. He talks to us about how he helps organisations communicate their numbers by creating static and interactive visualisations.

May 2021

Issue #74: Visual storytelling inside The Pudding

This week's newsletter features senior journalist - engineer Jan Diehm from The Pudding. She talks to us about her creative process for designing and developing visual essays for the benchmark publication.

April 2021

Issue #73: Tackling quantitative imperialism

This week's newsletter features Prof Deborah Stone. She talks to us about her new book, "Counting: How We Use Numbers to Decide What Matters".

April 2021

Issue #72: The story behind Datawrapper

This week's newsletter features Charlotte Lisa Rost of Datawrapper. She talks to us about the DataVis Book Club and how the pandemic has changed data visualisation.

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