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Best practices

Turbulent with a chance of data: Journalism’s drone-powered futures

Drone journalism isn't just for photojournalists. News organisations can use sensors and mapping technology from UAVs to create a range of data sets for storytelling, explains Monika Sengul-Jones.

Resources

Excel dynamic array functions: what data journalists need to know

Excel 365’s dynamic array functions and their radically new and powerful take on formulas will help put you and the data on speaking terms, writes Abbott Katz. Here's how journalists can take advantage of the full potential of Excel spreadsheets.

Best practices

A data journalist's guide to building a hypothesis

How can journalists use a hypothesis-driven methodology to build a succinct narrative that serves forgotten or overlooked communities? Eva Constantaras and Anastasia Valeeva share their expertise in our latest guide.

Data collection

Conflict reporting with data: a guide for journalists

How can data journalism be used to ensure the accuracy and impact of war reporting? Sherry Ricchiardi provides a journalist's guide for using data to report on conflict-affected regions remotely.

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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Julia Mozer

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Fundamental search for journalists

Vincent Ryan

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Winny de Jong

Best practices
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Data analysis
Going Viral Using Social Media Analytics

Stijn Debrouwere

Coding
Python for journalists

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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

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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

Data visualisation
Mapping for Journalists

Maarten Lambrechts

Case studies
Verification: The Basics

Craig Silverman, Claire Wardle

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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..."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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..."

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

"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"

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

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

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

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"Where can students find the quizzes that accompany the lectures?"

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

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

"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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