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The use of verification tools and open source investigation techniques were essential in exposing police brutality, racism and the need for change.

Capturing racial justice protests with data

The use of verification tools and open source investigation techniques were essential in exposing police brutality, racism and the need for change.

Coronavirus coverage: giving a voice to the vulnerable with data on your side

From The New York Times to the Associated Press and ProPublica, journalist Sherry Ricchiardi explores how journalists can tell stories about the impact COVID-19 is having on society's most marginalised groups.

Mastering data for better business journalism

From handling projections and estimates to navigating company reports, veteran journalist Erik Sherman explains how to use data to tell more understandable and accessible business stories.

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?

Simulating a pandemic

The most-read piece on The Washington Post's website visualised how pandemics like COVID-19 spread and how social distancing can flatten the curve. We explore the impact of the simulations and how graphics reporter Harry Stevens did it.

Data, diets and disease

Public health reporting has the potential to empower communities. Yet, medical research is easy to misreport. Aneri Pattani explains how to understand medical research data, challenge it, and, of course, report it accurately and ethically.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Our Handbooks

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.

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.

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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July 2020

Issue #56: A.I. adoption in media

We spoke with Professor Charlie Beckett, the founding director of Polis, the LSE's media think-tank. He talked to us about Polis' JournalismAI project and the findings from its global survey of journalism and artificial intelligence.

July 2020

Issue #55: AI in the newsroom

This week's newsletter and podcast feature a conversation with Professor Nicholas Diakopoulos, who heads up the computational journalism lab at Northwestern University.

June 2020

Issue #54: The power of predictive analytics

This week's newsletter and podcast feature a conversation with Leonardo Milano who heads up the predictive analytics team at the United Nations OCHA Centre for Humanitarian Data.

June 2020

Issue #53: Trustworthy data

This week's podcast features a conversation with Professor Denise Lievesley from the University of Oxford. She discusses what data journalists can learn from statisticians and the parallels between the two professions.

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