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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.

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.

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 journalism: a guide for editors

Editing investigations is challenging enough, but particularly when you're not familiar with data methods. Maud Beelman and Jennifer LaFleur share guidance for project editors on best practices for workflows, bulletproofing, and writing techniques.

De-identification for data journalists

Personal information is often mixed in with data that are vital to a story, raising ethical questions around publication. Vojtěch Sedlák covers four techniques to de-identify data and simple ways journalists can introduce them into their workflows.

Data journalism in disaster zones

In emergencies, the rapid evolution of events, combined with unreliable information and data, mean that journalists run the risk of rushing reports without double-checking accuracy -- or worse, getting caught in the storm themselves.

Hard data and soft statistics: a guide to critical reporting

It is generally believed that numbers are hard and judgements are soft. But metrics and indices are much softer than we would like to think. With case studies from Africa Check, Morten Jerven covers the basics of cross examining statistics.

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 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.

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.

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.

7 countries, 9 teachers: a dossier of data journalism teaching strategies

What are the most effective ways to introduce students to data? From Ireland to Kyrgyzstan, there's a lot to be learnt from teachers all around the world.

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.

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.

Data Journalism Handbooks

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.

The Data Journalism Handbook 1

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.

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December 2019

Issue #41: AMA with Steve Doig

With over 20 years of experience teaching budding journalism students at Arizona State University, and another 20 years pioneering data work at the Miami Herald before that, Steve has plenty of lessons to share.

November 2019

Issue #40: Sensor-based journalism

While many of us rely on our trusty sources to analyse existing data, there’s an emerging opportunity to use sensors for the generation of new datasets on all types of physical phenomena.

November 2019

Issue #39: AMA with Vincent Ryan

Formerly of the Sunday Times, Vincent now works with the Google News Initiative to help journalists find, verify, and tell news stories around the world.

October 2019

Issue #38: Following the money

They say that ‘money makes the world go round’. If so, that means there’s a whole lot of stories to be found by looking into how people and organisations spend their dimes.

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