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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?

Produced by European Journalism Centre and Google News Initiative

Doing Issues with Data
Assembling Data
Working with Data
  • Accounting for Methods in Data Journalism: Spreadsheets, Scripts and Programming Notebooks 16 min
  • Ways of Doing Transparency in Data Journalism n/a
  • Data Journalism: What's Feminism Got to Do With It? n/a
  • Making Algorithms Work for Reporting n/a
  • Coding in the Newsroom n/a
  • Computational Reasoning at Full Fact and Urbs Media n/a
  • Data Methods in Journalism n/a
  • Exploring Relationships with Graph Databases n/a
  • Text as Data: Finding Stories in Corpora n/a
  • Online Devices and their Research Affordances for Data Investigations n/a
  • How ICIJ Deals with Huge Data Dumps like the Panama and Paradise Papers n/a
Experiencing Data
Investigating Data, Platforms and Algorithms
Organising Data Journalism
  • Archiving Data Journalism 7 min
  • Data Journalism’s Entanglements with Civic Tech 6 min
  • Data Feudalism: How Platform Journalism and the Gig Economy Shape Cross-Border Investigative Networks n/a
  • Data Journalism in the Newsroom n/a
  • Data Journalism Culture n/a
  • Organising Cross-Border Data Journalism Initiatives: Case Studies in Africa n/a
  • A Decade of Data Journalism: 2009-2019 n/a
  • Open Source Coding Practices in Data Journalism n/a
  • Data Journalism and Gender n/a
  • The #ddj Hashtag – Eunice Au (GIJN) and Marc Smith (Connected Action) n/a
  • Data-Driven Editorial? Considerations for Working with Audience Metrics n/a
Training Data Journalists
  • Data Journalism By, About and For Marginalised Communities 9 min
  • Teaching Data Journalism at Universities in the United States n/a
  • Data Journalism MOOCs in Turkey n/a
  • Hackathons and Bootcamps in Kyrgyzstan: Reflections on Training Data Journalists in Central Asia n/a
  • Data Journalism, Digital Universalism and Innovation in the Periphery n/a
Situating Data Journalism

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The Data Journalism Handbook

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.