Autumn is here and class is in. That means there's no better time for breaking old habits and starting fresh routines. For some, that could mean getting up to speed on the latest happenings in data journalism.
What are the inspiring new tools and techniques the pros have in their repertoire?
Indulging in some podcast binge sessions is just one way to learn more. But with a labyrinth of audio resources to hand, finding the time to sift through them can be overwhelming and time-consuming.
That's why we have cherry-picked some of the best data journalism podcasts to help get you started.
- Data Stories
- The Data Journalism Podcast
- Dataviz Today
- The Explore Explain podcast
- Loud Numbers
- Conversations With Data
Is there something we missed? Let us know in the comments section.
1. Data Stories
Data Stories is a podcast hosted by Enrico Bertini and Moritz Stefaner, two experts in the field of data visualisation. They have already released over 165 episodes of their popular podcast, which has more than 8,000 listeners per episode.
The show has covered topics such as feminist theory in data visualisation through the voice of Catherine D'Ignazio and literally sculpting your data with the artist Adrien Segal.
These are just some of the episodes from a treasure trove of must-listens for anyone interested in these areas. Follow Data Stories on Stitcher, and Apple Podcasts.
2. The Data Journalism Podcast
Hosted by two thought leaders in their fields, Simon Rogers and Alberto Cairo, this podcast does not need much of an introduction.
This year the two started this project through which they have already released seven episodes and interviewed big names like Angeliki Kastanisof The Associated Press, Lam Thuy Vo of Buzzfeed, the senior visual journalist of Financial Times John Burn-Murdoch and the co-founder of Covid Tracking Project Alexis Madrigal.
It's fantastic to hear what these luminaries have to say, interviewed by such a passionate and well-known pair of experts.
Follow the The Data Journalism Podcast on Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Podcast, Anchor and Spotify.
3. Dataviz Today
Another pioneer in the field you should take a listen to is Alli Torban, the host of Dataviz Today. She shares the latest tools and methods she's discovered through her work and interviews with top designers.
Torban focuses on specific tactics related to data visualisation as well other fields that will help to improve your skills. Check out over 65 episodes and counting!
It’s the perfect listen if you are (or interested in becoming) an analyst, designer, or, of course, a data journalist.
Follow the Dataviz Today on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, SoundCloud, and Spotify.
4. The Explore Explain Podcast
We couldn’t make this list without mentioning this video series published by Andy Kirk. He interviews dataviz experts from all over to give a behind-the-scenes look at a huge variety of visualisations both on their own and within a series of related works.
They offer insight into how small decisions helped bring these projects together and the circumstances surrounding each one as they were being developed and what role they played.
Each episode is published in the form of a podcast and as an extended video conversation, accompanied by detailed graphics. The podcast is already in its third season, in the latest episodes Kirk has talked to remarkable data journalists such as Andrea Lau and Thomas Clever.
Follow the podcast The Explore Explain Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Acast, Tune In, Pocket Casts, Breakerand Stitcher. Watch the interviews on Youtube.
5. Loud Numbers
Data Sonification is all the rage right now, and Duncan Geere and Miriam Quick are making a big deal about it.
What's the purpose? In their Loud Numbers podcast, they go through some fantastic examples of how this technique can help make your data more tangible and universal.
Ever wondered how the sound of beer tasting can be expressed in data sonification?
Then subscribe to their latest updates and listen to our conversation with the two, as they take us behind the scenes of some great projects out there, including their own!
Duncan says, "Data sonification is going to become one of THE tools [...] It's definitely becoming more acceptable, especially as stories become more multimedia. That's because sonification really has the potential to tell data stories powerfully and emotionally."
Don’t get left behind! Follow Loud Numbers on Anchor podcasts, Apple podcasts, Breaker, Castbox, Google podcasts, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Radio Public and Spotify.
6. Conversations With Data
And of course, don’t forget to subscribe to our very own Conversations With Data podcast.
The name says it all: every other week, you'll hear our editor and host Tara Kelly in conversation with renowned experts talking about all things data journalism.
Lately, we have been recording this podcast live on Discord, which allows everyone to ask their questions in real time. You can see the results in our conversations with Ben Jones about the importance of data literacy and Anastasia Valeeva and Eva Constantaras about how to build a strong data hypothesis that will strengthen your data journalism reporting.
You can also subscribe to our newsletter to get the link to the podcast delivered straight to your inbox and a roundup of our latest content and opportunities.
We hope you enjoyed this roundup and it introduces a new data journalism mix to your playlist! And don’t forget to let us know if we missed any of your favourites!