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Our original Long Reads, written by the best data experts

Best practices

Humanising data: Connecting numbers and people

How can journalists connect numbers with people? With in-depth case studies from The New York Times to ProPublica and NPR, contributor Sherry Ricchiardi explains how to humanise the data.

Resources

Wrangling the robots: Leveraging smart data-driven software for newsmaking

Existing data-driven tools and software can help alleviate the pressure points for journalists in their day-to-day reporting. Monika Sengul-Jones explains the benefits and challenges of incorporating them in the newsroom.

Best practices

The history of data journalism

From the 1950s to the present day, Brant Houston explores how data journalism first began.

Best practices

Bring in the machines: AI-powered investigative journalism

Machine learning can help journalists analyse massive datasets and pinpoint misclassifications for their investigative reporting. Monika Sengul Jones explains how through examining a series of case studies from ICIJ to Buzzfeed News, Grist and more.

Data analysis

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.

Data visualisation

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.

Covering issues

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?

Data visualisation

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.

Data visualisation

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.

Data analysis

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.

Data analysis

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.

Data visualisation

Ethics

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.

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Detailed courses and expert interviews for all workflow levels

Quality journalism
Countering hate speech

Julia Mozer

Video course
Fundamental search for journalists

Vincent Ryan

Coding
Python for journalists

Winny de Jong

Best practices
When to hire a data journalist

Winny de Jong

Data analysis
Going Viral Using Social Media Analytics

Stijn Debrouwere

Coding
Python for journalists

Winny de Jong

Covering issues
Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools

Paul Bradshaw, Steve Doig, Simon Rogers, Nicolas Kayser-Bril, Alberto Cairo

Video course
Fundamental search for journalists

Vincent Ryan

Data collection
Cleaning Data in Excel

Maarten Lambrechts

Data visualisation
Mapping for Journalists

Maarten Lambrechts

Quality journalism
Countering hate speech

Julia Mozer

Coding
Python for journalists

Winny de Jong

Covering issues
Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools

Paul Bradshaw, Steve Doig, Simon Rogers, Nicolas Kayser-Bril, Alberto Cairo

Data visualisation
Charting Tools for the Newsroom

Maarten Lambrechts

Data analysis
Going Viral Using Social Media Analytics

Stijn Debrouwere

Data collection
Cleaning Data in Excel

Maarten Lambrechts

Best practices
When to hire a data journalist

Winny de Jong

Case studies
Verification: The Basics

Craig Silverman, Claire Wardle

Data visualisation
Mapping for Journalists

Maarten Lambrechts

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"Pretty cool instruction! It directly shows me what a good and bad visualisation is."

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"Hi, similar data is found here: https://data.world/datamil/world-war-ii-thor-data. It holds bombings of the entire world"

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"I watched this course video on VIMEO instead of on-site - will this be ok as course participation? Also, is it..."

"For whoever interested on learning about Chartbuilder please note that Quartz is no longer developing or supporting..."

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"I am Wajahat Ullah from Pakistan. I am student of journalism and Mass communication at AWKUM."

"You make essential points for writers coming to data journalism. (Also, you provide analytic specialist with..."

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"Thank you for this article - it made me inspired. I'm a synesthete (seeing colours and shapes of touch, music,..."

"Fantastic Newsletter issue. Thanks for providing all this for free."

"When I clean the data, the code works to erase the pound symbol and the commas, but once I enact one, the other..."

"Thank you, Winny! I've started to get the basics of Python, Jupyter Notebook. Such a good feeling! I've always..."

"Hello, command 'create' is not working on my macbook plz help"

"Hi everyone. My name is Greg Hall and I'm a Newcastle-based journalist here on the eastern seaboard of Australia...."

"Very excited for this opportunity"

"I am finding it hard to have the data displayed on my QGIS. Can't say if it is the version. If i click on the data,..."

"There is a lot we can do with excel."

"Tks Winny!!"

"Excellent Martin - learnt a lot - you explain very well. Thank you"

"This is really wonderful, I learnt a lot. Thank you Sir."

"Hi Winny, I have tried to perform web scraping on two different websites but not successful. The error is "list..."

"Amazing course! Thank you, Maarten!"

"Thank you Mr. Rogers. I learnt a lot of things. It help me the fact you add a lot of examples and everything is..."

"This is so awesome! Really great professor. He explains everything in very simple manner."

"Short and concise course. Can't believe such good content is available for free. Thanks DataJournalism.com. Planning..."

"Thank you Vincent for this course."

"I watched this course video on VIMEO instead of on-site - will this be ok as course participation? Also, is it..."

"Fascinating and customizable to different contexts."

"Same here. The version installed is Zurich"

"Thank you for this article - it made me inspired. I'm a synesthete (seeing colours and shapes of touch, music,..."

"I've gained so much insight as a data-journalism enthusiast after reading this article. I'm really looking forward..."

"Thank you for bringing this to our attention Tiberio. The resources are updated."

"Hi, similar data is found here: https://data.world/datamil/world-war-ii-thor-data. It holds bombings of the entire world"

"The biggest problem is, especially in developing countries, that the huge part of civil society is not developed..."

"Fantastic Newsletter issue. Thanks for providing all this for free."

"Thanks for the guidance"

"Thank you very much. What I love the most from this course is the way Stijn Debrouwere thinks about Analytics and..."

"I cannot download the excel file!"

"Geosocialfootprint,com isn't working properly. Are there any substitutes ?"

"hier steht gar nicht, wer den Artikel geschrieben hat, er war es: http://www.nickdiakopoulos.com/publications/"

"Pretty cool instruction! It directly shows me what a good and bad visualisation is."

"What about the countries of the conflicts wars internal like Libya?"

"Everyblock seems to be run down by new owner Nextdoor"

"For a social bookmarking site, I'd suggest https://tagpacker.com Before delicious.com was retired and became a..."

"What a great infographic! I am amazed. I have never saw an infographic, which is colourful and informative about the..."

"This topic is also covered a lot in radio shows on https://emisorasderadioonline.es/"

"You make essential points for writers coming to data journalism. (Also, you provide analytic specialist with..."

"I am Wajahat Ullah from Pakistan. I am student of journalism and Mass communication at AWKUM."

"Hi Sir ..i m very very Excited"

"For whoever interested on learning about Chartbuilder please note that Quartz is no longer developing or supporting..."

"I believe that Marksta and Tagg.ly are also outdated. Are there any alternatives?"

"What an amazing, interesting and useful course. Thank you, Maarten Lambrechts."

"In these chart-builder videos some common data presentation mistakes are made. for example the scatter plot in this..."

"Great Insights about data scraping! They're very helpful. Here is a blog I would love to..."

"I like instad.io It is a free online restyler that converts a chart (Excel/Google Sheets) or, for example, a..."

"Dear Erik, thank you for your detailed article, authentic voice, understandable. I am Magda from Greece and i have a..."

"Predictive analytics has grown in popularity in the healthcare and medical research communities but perhaps nothing..."

"Thank you for sharing the list of investigation tools! This is fantastic. As a Canadian living in Montreal, I'm a..."

"Thanks that was a good inside look"

"Great, this is very insightful and eye opener. Excellent presentations, Thanks Mr. Rogers."

"Hi Vincent. I tried searching for flourish.studio/newsroom but it says the page doesn't exist. Any advice on how to..."

"Great beginning!"

"It was a nice presentation. Got a picture of managing a data journalism project in a nutshell"

"Realizing that Reality is not what we make of it, the job for all human adults is to strive to make things clear..."

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