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Got an awesome conference idea? IRE wants to hear from you

Investigative Reporters & Editors has opened a call for session pitches and ideas for its 2018 conference.


Too cool for school: Enter this year’s National Awards for Education Reporting

Journalists are encouraged to submit their best education-related data and investigative reporting stories.


Has big data really changed journalism?

While journalism is indeed changing, digital data and computer technology may not be as central to this transformation as is often reported.


Is there an app for that? A look at how apps can be used to tell stories with open data

Earlier this month, the first ‘EU datathon’ challenged teams to create applications that showcase stories on EU priorities.


Entries for the 2018 Data Journalism Awards are now open

The Global Editors Network is inviting journalists from around the world to submit their work.


Paradise Papers yet another example of the power of collaboration in data journalism

Established media organisations are collaborating across borders to analyse large datasets and unearth hidden stories.


Help Africa Check make election promises harder to break

The team is building a tool that will use statistics to keep presidents in check.


Submissions open for the PacificVis 2018 visual data storytelling contest

Data journalists experimenting with information, scientific, graph, security, and software visualization are invited to submit their projects.


Call for papers: How are educators rising to the challenge of teaching data journalism skills?

Data journalists are invited to contribute their experiences to help educators respond to the speciality’s unique challenges.


The Paradise Papers in four data visuals

With over 1.4 terabytes of data to trawl through, there have been no shortages of data to visualise.


A data journalist’s microguide to environmental data

Seven experts explore how to interpret scientific data, and creative ways journalists can make it reader friendly.


Ethical questions in data journalism and the power of online discussion

By examining NICAR-L discussions about gun permit mapping, three researchers identified key ethical challenges that face data journalists.


Managing the ethical risk of prediction in human services: “First, do no harm”

When is predictive analysis useful and safe? What outcomes should we watch for? And what is the oversight role for journalists?


40.3 million slaves? Four reasons to question the new Global Estimates of Modern Slavery

The new slavery estimates will guide reporting for years to come, which is why we need to start taking their data limitations seriously.


Not a revolution (yet): Data journalism hasn’t changed that much in 4 years

A new paper provides insight into areas where data journalists could challenge themselves to innovate further.


Sensitizing Nepal’s digital natives: Open Data Awareness Program announced

Open Knowledge Nepal’s new program aims to empower 300+ students and youth to tell important stories with open data.


2017 Philip Meyer Journalism Award contest open for entries

If you use social science research methods to tell compelling stories, apply now for your chance to win.


Ethics by numbers: How to build machine learning that cares

As journalists increasingly use machine learning techniques in their reporting, its important to make sure that these are designed ethically.


Innsyn – a Norwegian word for transparency

Why wait for the government? We can build access on our own.


An antidote to poisoned election coverage

Eva Constantaras looks at the lessons Western media can take from Kenyan coverage of their recent election.


How network analysis helps journalists identify social media influencers

What good are social influencers to journalists? And how can they be accurately identified? Jacob Groshek explains.


5 Exceptional ways online journalism used data in 2017

A look at some of the year’s most innovative reporting that received honours at the 2017 Online Journalism Awards over the weekend.


Save the Data: Future-proofing data journalism

With no process for archiving data driven stories, older projects are disappearing.


The good, the bad, and the ugly of collaborative journalism

A new report looks at the lessons learnt as collaborative journalism evolved from experiment to common practice.


Assess broadband performance with M-Lab’s public data

Internet performance issues usually only arise when customers complain in large numbers. Now, M-Lab data can help tell these stories.


GIJN offers FOI tips and tools

What if all the tip sheets for journalists on using national freedom of information laws were collected in one place?


Share your thoughts: How can open data support free expression online?

IREX wants to hear from data journalists that sit at the nexus of these two worlds.


7 Strategies to effectively juggle between writing stories and software

Even the most seasoned of us still have to sometimes re-remember how we wrote a script. Steven Rich and Aaron Williams share tips to help.


Data driven research: Exploring the barriers to skills acquisition

Do you use data for research investigations, advocacy work or journalism? Help identify barriers and ways to fill skills gaps.


How algorithms and human journalists will need to work together

Computers have been writing news reports since 2014. But, despite its potential, automated journalism is still in an early phase.


4 Things you need to know about monitoring elections on social media

After analysing how to extract meaningful live information from unexpected places during elections, this is what we’ve learned.


P-values are like evidence in a criminal trial

Journalists are often faced with data which may or may not be conclusive. P-values can help evaluate what they mean for a story.


Understanding the needs of people in journalism tech

OpenNews is calling on journalists, and fellow news nerds, to share their thoughts on career pathways, inclusive newsroom policies, and more.


Editorial transparency in computational journalism

With computational methods becoming prevalent in newsrooms, Jennifer Stark looks at how we can develop standards for transparency.


Giving data soul: Best practices for ethical data journalism

Rebekah McBride outlines five interpretive and critical thinking skills that journalists need to avoid ethical pitfalls.


Twitter and social network analysis

Alessandro Zonin looks at how journalists can use social network analysis to explore Twitter conversations.


5 Ways digital journalism puts audience at the centre

The growth in digital journalism brings opportunities for audiences to directly contribute data on the stories that matter to them the most.


“Robot Journalism”: The damage done by a metaphor

Carl-Gustav Linden questions why so many journalists are happy to dismiss the potential of news automation.


Recoding accountability journalism: How to make your best reporting even better

Accountability journalism is being disrupted. But, by effectively using data and other techniques, reportage can regain its power.


State of data journalism globally

Bahareh Heravi shares first insights into the Global Data Journalism Survey.


Open Data Handbook is now available in Nepali

The Nepali Open Data Handbook aims to help journalists promote transparency, accountability and citizen engagement in Nepal.


Twitter data visualization of the Anthony Scaramucci news

Using Affinio, Hannah Chapple explored the context and breadth of the Scaramucci Twitter conversation.


The Verification Handbook for Investigative Reporting is now available in Turkish

The EJC is excited to share the Handbook’s insights with Turkish-speaking journalists.


Robonews – what journalists think of their new automated rivals

Three researchers gave ten journalists hands-on training with robo-writing software. This is what they found.


How access to data affects trust in news

A new survey from reveals that mistrust may not be as entrenched as it seems.


New edition of the renowned Data Journalism Handbook to be released in 2018

Over the next year, the EJC and Google News Lab will produce a second edition to keep up with evolutions in the field.


4 Ways to broadcast data

Ever wondered what data sounds like? We looked at innovative ways broadcasters do data journalism.


Correcting outliers: The effect of race, education, and the uninsured on Trump’s vote

Sometimes, as you investigate a story, you will have no choice but to interrogate an outlier. Paul Ricci shows you how.


Make Eurostat more user-centric

Journalists are needed to improve the provision of high quality statistics on Europe.


Data visualisation isn’t just for communication, it’s also a research tool

Journalists can learn a lot from how scientists use data visualization to conduct research.


30,000 ways to tell local stories with data

Google has just awarded €706,000 to fund a local news automation service by PA and Urbs Media.


Data visualization trick: Make every country on a map the same size

Size differences between countries can overpower other stories in your data. Mustapha Mekhatria has a trick to fix this.


Blast from the past: Three incredible examples of early data journalism

Data journalism has transformed to become a standard in the domain.  Helen Birk looks at how it’s developed over the years.


Full Fact awarded $500,000 to build automated factchecking tools

The new tools will help journalists keep up with misinformation by doing all the grunt work, so they can concentrate on more complex claims.


From programmer to data journalism professor

What happens when a coder decides to become a storyteller? Bahareh Heravi shares her story.


5 Maps that will change how you see the world

Donald Houston outlines considerations for journalists embarking on mapping projects.


Data journalism makes its mark in Ireland

University College Dublin launches the first and only data journalism postgraduate course in Ireland.


New initiative to break down data journalism divides in Africa

Code for Africa is partnering with Google News Lab and the World Bank to launch an intensive digital skills program in 12 hub cities.


Big data for gender

A look at four big data sources that can be harnessed to fill data gaps and inform reporting on gender issues.


What’s your angle? Using regression to understand how different variables in a story interact

There’s two or more sides to every story. Paul Ricci shows how regression can help you get the right one.


Why women’s tennis rankings need an overhaul

Sports journalists should be wary about including rankings in their data stories.


How journalists can use VLOOKUP

Not everyone is a whiz at Excel. But learning a few formulas here and there can cut down hours of work.


Only three days left to submit entries for the Online Journalism Awards

As in past years, the 2017 OJAs will recognize major media and individuals producing innovative work in multimedia storytelling.


The AP Stylebook now includes new guidelines on data

Get requesting and scraping data, reporting on it, and publishing it, per the Associated Press’ renowned style.


How can we study disguised propaganda on social media? Some methodological reflections

Johan Farkas and Jannick Schou explain how they collected data from Facebook to uncover the sources of fake Islamist propaganda.


69 Ways data journalism was outstanding in 2017

GEN has just released a shortlist of nominations for the 2017 Data Journalism Awards, to be announced this June.


The seven deadly sins of statistical misinterpretation, and how to avoid them

Statistics is a useful tool for understanding the patterns in the world around us. But our intuition often lets us down.


Twitter as a data source: An overview of tools for journalists

Be it sentiment, content, or network analysis - Wasim Ahmed’s got you covered with a complete rundown of tools to explore Twitter data.


LEARNO.NET launches three new courses for data journalists

The EJC’s free, online learning platform has just expanded its course offerings to help you get the most out of your stories.


Forget fake news! Help the viral spread of verified facts

A new contest called TruthBuzz has launched a call for ideas to expand the reach of fact-checking.


8 Ways data journalism has disproved stereotypes

To combat prejudices that exist about migration, journalists at #ddjcamp applied data to common stereotypes.


How Is Washington, DC an outlier?  Let’s count the ways.

Paul Ricci looks at how DC is different from US’ other states and explains why these differences matter for data journalists.


Using Twitter to identify and visualize Republican and Loyalist communities in Belfast

Erik Storrs shows how Twitter can be used for community detection in Belfast, and elsewhere.


Open data needs to range among national priorities in Madagascar

Journalists on the hunt for Madagascan data are limited in their ability to find it online. Fabienne Rafidiharinirina explains.


Why polls seem to struggle to get it right – on elections and everything else

Is Trump up or down? Will the public vote yes or no? Who will win the election? A mathematician’s guide to understanding polls in the


7 ways IRE recognised DDJ in 2016

We roundup the judges comments for this year’s winners of the IRE Awards.


Getting the full story: How machine learning and data journalism can support democracy

I became a data journalist because I did not want to rely on search engines for information.


Crowdmapping as a new data source for journalists

Crowdsourced data, especially for mapping, is a boon for data driven journalism. But, as Ana Brandusescu and Renee Sieber explain, its not


New courses combine art with data (and no, they’re not teaching visualization)

DataArts is offering a series of free, online courses to bring a data driven mindset to the arts and cultural sectors.


A non-technical introduction to machine learning

Machine learning offers a number of opportunities and challenges for journalism. Noah Yonack provides a rundown of the basic concepts.


Big data: Missing the situatedness of corporate environmental data

Considerations for journalists using data to report on the environmental impact of corporations.


Land a grant worth up to $75,000

Journalists are invited to submit proposals that use open data to reveal new perspectives on land and property rights issues.


Who uses development data, how and what for?

If you use data to report on development issues, Development Initiatives wants to hear from you.


Why standardization matters: An example of hate groups in the US

Total state-by-state tallies of hate groups can be misleading. Paul Ricci explains why standardization is important to make these data


5 Strategies for using big data in small organisations

Eva Constantaras shares her experiences from setting up data teams in developing countries.


Immerse your journalism with $35,000

Knight Foundation, Google News Lab and ONA are offering grants to support immersive storytelling projects.


From vagueness to clarity: Articulating legal criteria of digital content regulation in China

Chinese regulations can be difficult to navigate. Dong Han provides a rundown for journalists.


Designing visual interfaces for listening: 45 considerations

When we design audio interfaces, we can optimize the listening experience by carefully considering use and stress cases.


Science has launched new a fund to support data driven science reporting

Thanks to a generous donor, Science’s news team can support ambitious projects in investigative reporting and data journalism.


New data journalism resources released for Russia and Central Asia

UNDP’s Istanbul Regional Hub has published a Data Journalism Manual on its Open Data in Europe and Central Asia platform in English and


Better statistics, better decisions: Increasing the visibility of official statistical data

“It’s difficult to imagine the power you’re going to have when so many different sorts of data are available.”


What is the true population value? Hypothesis testing and margins of error are here to help

Without the luxury of census data, Paul Ricci shows how journalists can make an estimate about public support for an issue.


Baby steps: A slow start but data journalism in India is gathering pace

Sanjit Oberai talks to leading Indian data enthusiasts about their efforts to found various start-up data journalism initiatives.


Give a dollar, get a data story

The Data Stories podcast is trying to go adfree, but they need your help!


What makes a winning data story?

By studying past DJA winners, researchers have identified combinations of tools and techniques which enable excellence in data journalism.


The gift of data, and what it means for journalists

Google executives contend that big social data is “a gift” from companies. So how does this impact the way journalists work with social


Get applying for the 2017 Data Journalism Awards

The DJA are the first international awards recognising outstanding work in the field of data journalism.


5 Important lessons we can learn from Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling taught us more than just the facts the data presented.


3 Ways to learn DDJ without leaving your desk

Not everyone has time to study at J-school or attend in-person workshops. So what other options are out there?


The state of open corporate data: Wins and challenges ahead

Last year, the UK became the first country in the world to collect and publish structured company data. But how did the rest of the world fare?