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7/12/2016

Helping J-Schools embrace Google tools

Google News Lab has just announced a university partnership to train the next generation of Journalists in its suite.
 

5/12/2016

Portals of transparency advance in Latin America, but with reduced range

Do Latin American countries hamper or encourage civic engagement? Reinaldo Chaves examines the region’s open data dynamics.
 

4/12/2016

The 2016 IRE Awards contest is now open for entries

Submit your data driven investigations to be considered for one of the most prestigious awards in journalism.
 

3/12/2016

What is the current status of data journalism? Participate in our global survey to find out.

Are you creating stories with data? If not, what’s keeping you back? The 2017 Global Data Journalism survey hopes to new shed light on the profession.
 

1/12/2016

Big data: Missing the situatedness of corporate environmental data

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

28/11/2016

New guidelines to improve scientific data visualisation

Visualisation can help make scientific data more accessible to expert and non-expert audiences - but only if done well.
 

26/11/2016

Report like a girl: Call for gender-based stories

African data journalism fund launches contest for stories on gender equality and the challenges women face in accessing health care and services.
 

25/11/2016

“But its already public, right?”: The ethics of using online data

Just because data is available to the public, doesn’t mean that public use is ethical. Emily Wolfinger explores.
 

24/11/2016

What I learnt from creating The Data Visualisation Catalogue

Which chart should you use to represent your data? To answer this question, Severino Ribecca set about cataloging as many data visualisations as possible.
 

22/11/2016

Keeping it weird: How to make use of your exhaust data

Paul X. McCarthy looks at use cases for data that are traditionally overlooked or, in some cases, even considered rubbish.
 

15/11/2016

3 Ways data has made a splash in Africa

The winners of impactAFIRCA’s water and sanitation round have just being announced. We took a look at the selected stories.
 

14/11/2016

Following the nonprofit money trail: How to investigate where your donation is going

Sarah Okeson shows how a few strange numbers in a tax return helped her reveal questionable expenses by the nonprofit Crime Stoppers.
 

10/11/2016

Will data driven election reporting ever be the same?

Following the US Presidential Election’s shock outcome, Ole J. Forsberg examines the use and value of election statistics.
 

7/11/2016

5 Ways information was beautiful this year

Winners of the 5th annual Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards have just been announced. We looked at five of the winning works.
 

6/11/2016

The AP wants to use machine learning to automate turning print stories into broadcast ones

The experiment is part of a larger effort by the news agency to incorporate automation into its journalism.
 

2/11/2016

Building the Ibrahim Index of African Governance

Yannick Vuylsteke details how the Mo Ibrahim Foundation measures of governance performance in Africa.
 

1/11/2016

Macedonian translation of the Verification Handbook for Investigative Reporting now available

Journalists in Macedonia are invited to leverage the data verification lessons and techniques contained in the EJC’s free guide.
 

30/10/2016

“Just because we can doesn’t mean we should”: When data viz is and isn’t appropriate

Be warned, visualisation is not always a good way to tell your data’s story.
 

24/10/2016

5 things Microsoft can teach us about data viz

Microsoft has just unveiled its Data Journalism Program to help more journalists harness its Power BI tool.
 

21/10/2016

#TrumpWon? Trend vs. reality

A deep dive into the underlying data behind Trump’s propagated debate win.
 

18/10/2016

Digging up data on Russia’s media

Timofey Pletz talks to us about a data driven initiative that is helping to democratise the relationship between journalists and PR managers in Russia.
 

17/10/2016

impactAFRICA announces 9 data journalism grant winners

Grantees will jointly receive $100,000 to report on African development challenges - from climate change, to the funeral industry, and more.
 

12/10/2016

Colombia did not vote ‘no’ in its peace referendum – what the statistics reveal

A look through the ballot papers shows the declared result in Colombia’s crucial vote is far from definitive.
 

10/10/2016

When data writes…who is the author?

Researchers, from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, shed new light on attribution regimes in organizations that produce automated journalism.
 

8/10/2016

Counting conflict

What global indicators are available to monitor and report on conflict?
 

2/10/2016

The NFL joins the data revolution in sports

A test run of placing tracking sensors in NFL footballs is opening up new possibilities for teams, players, sports reporters, and data journalists alike.
 

29/9/2016

Go big with data to tackle food security and climate resilience

The World Bank has launched an innovation challenge to find big data solutions for these two key development issues.
 

27/9/2016

Beyond code: What you learn turning from a journalist to a data journalist

After learning programming at Columbia Journalism School, Gianna-Carina Grün makes a case for starting a European Data Journalism School.
 

25/9/2016

Forced displacement, poverty and financing: How much does our data tell us?

Understanding the levels of poverty in refugee-host countries is important, but currently collected data needs to be strengthened to tell an accurate story.
 

22/9/2016

New funding announced for data driven projects that report on SDGs and Climate Change commitments

Datashift is offering $5,000 seed funding to explore how citizen-generated data can help monitor progress against the SDGs and climate change commitments.
 

20/9/2016

“Excel sheets aren’t everyone’s friend”: How data visualization can assist research uptake

Done well, data visualisation can be an effective format by which to get your research seen, selected and understood by a large audience.
 

19/9/2016

What is a “data state of mind”? And how you can develop it.

Becoming a data journalist is more than learning how to punch the buttons in your software of choice and understanding analysis concepts.
 

14/9/2016

From print to digital: 5 steps of transformation

Gianna-Carina Grün distils lessons from German science journalism magazine meta’s print to digital transformation.
 

13/9/2016

Monitoring the Surveillance Industry: Using data to protect privacy

The Surveillance Industry typically avoids public scrutiny. Matthew Rice explains how the Surveillance Industry Index is looking to change this.
 

11/9/2016

Reporting on Indonesian peat fires: Which data can you trust?

With an Indonesian study disputing official UN data on peat fire emissions, new stories may emerge.
 

8/9/2016

Data in multiple languages means data in multiple cultures

Catherine D’Ignazio discusses lessons from the development of Databasic.io’s spanish and portuguese versions.
 

5/9/2016

Have you been struck by a beautiful data viz over the past year? Nominate it now.

There are only two weeks left to nominate entries for the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2016.
 

3/9/2016

New grants available for data driven development reporting

impactAFRICA is seeking digital storytelling pitches that go beyond ordinary reporting to expose new or under-reported issues in six African countries.
 

2/9/2016

Modern slave trade: How to count a ‘hidden’ population of 46 million

Without accurate data on the modern slave trade, how can journalists report on this important issue?
 

1/9/2016

Algorithms, accountability, and political emotion

Alison Powell reflects on the implications of sentiment analysis and its potential connection with emotion-driven politics.
 

29/8/2016

The elusive case of police officer-involved homicides data

Significant data gaps have made it difficult to report on police-involved killings. But now public outcry has exposed the data’s alarming incompleteness.
 

26/8/2016

A handy initiative for open data in Nepal

Nikesh Balami explains how Nepali journalists, policymakers and CSOs would benefit from an Open Data Handbook in Nepali.
 

24/8/2016

Markets for Good Launches Good Data Grants for a Higher Impact Social Sector

US-based data journalists are encouraged to apply for a new grants program from the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.
 

22/8/2016

Just how unpredictable is the Premier League? Scientists have done the maths

The new Premier League season has just begun and teams will be vying to lift the trophy. Could DDJ predict the winner?
 

17/8/2016

2016 Online Journalism Awards finalists announced

The list is out! Take a look at the past year’s best in data journalism and visual digital storytelling.
 

15/8/2016

65.3 million fled homes in 2015: Is the world not a safe place anymore?

A look at how “big numbers” can overwhelm displacement stories.
 

10/8/2016

Do your statistics stigmatise?

Three lessons for data journalists reporting on poverty from the UK’s National Union of Journalists and Church Action on Poverty.
 

6/8/2016

Olympic medal forecasting: it’s easier to predict results than you might think

As the Rio Olympics get underway, Jeff Borland shows how sports journalists can leverage data to forecast results.
 

1/8/2016

Knight Foundation awards Data & Society $250,000 to promote societal impacts of data driven tech

Data & Society will use the Knight Foundation grant to promote data’s impact on individuals and larger social processes.
 

30/7/2016

The 2016 Google News Lab Fellowship is now open for German, Austrian and Swiss data journalists

Google News Lab is encouraging the next generation of data journalists and developers to help shape the future of media through its 2016 fellowship program.
 

26/7/2016

Verification Handbook for Investigative Reporting just released in Arabic

Now Arabic speaking journalists also have access to the data verification lessons and techniques contained in the EJC’s free guide.
 

25/7/2016

Studying Africa by numbers can be misleading. What can be done about it?

Morten Jerven explains why the numerical basis used to report on African economies suffers from major knowledge gaps.
 

23/7/2016

Local datavores meet hyperlocal journalism

Local government collects huge amounts of data. We looked at how journalists can capitalize on these to provide extremely localized reporting.
 

18/7/2016

Scraping 27,000 tweets for presidential sentiment analysis

Is all publicity really good publicity? Quentin Simms performed a sentiment analysis of tweets from the US Presidential Primaries to find out.
 

16/7/2016

3 Unconventional ways to measure culture

Eurostat has just released the third edition of its Culture Statistics indicators. We looked at some of their more unique means of quantifying culture.
 

8/7/2016

Is the Fragile States Index ‘fatally flawed’?

Henning Melber examines the reliability of statistics and their interpretation, in contrast with social and political realities.
 

3/7/2016

Visualizing data in 3D: Handling complexity through visceral and tactile experiences of data

Dr Jon Minton has been exploring the application and potential of 3D printing for engaging with data.
 

2/7/2016

Call for proposals in the field of data driven journalism

Applicants are invited to submit proposals that apply data driven methods to increase reporting on European issues.
 

27/6/2016

How The Chronicle made college sexual violence data more accessible

Until recently, the only “official” way to get an updated list of colleges that are or have been under investigation was to ask the Education Department.
 

26/6/2016

Reporting on statelessness? Advances in 2015 data

UNHCR’s newly released 2015 Global Trends in Forced Displacement report explores how data on statelessness has progressed over the past year.
 

23/6/2016

News values in data journalism, or: zOMG you won’t believe what data is doing to our news…

Is data making our news better or worse? Dr Murray Dick explores.
 

18/6/2016

The EU Referendum debate on Twitter: Who is winning on Twitter - vote leave or vote remain?

Using the Visibrain Quick Trends feature, Wasim Ahmed and Georgina Parsons analyzed tweeting volumes during the EU Referendum debate.
 

17/6/2016

Winners of the Data Journalism Awards 2016 have been announced

The winners of the Data Journalism Awards 2016 were announced on 16 June. The DJA Jury selected 11 winners and one honourable mention out of the 64 finalists.
 

16/6/2016

Lies, damned lies, and statistics: 5 Principles to build trust

The World Editors Forum has just endorsed five principles to promote trust - a value that is particularly pertinent for anyone working with data.
 

9/6/2016

Measurement Music: ‘Sonification’ as a tool for uncovering patterns in data

Chris Chafe demonstrates how the intersection of data science with composition has produced new ways of interacting with information.
 

8/6/2016

“We are in the era of big leaks”: How journalists can make the most out of the Panama Papers

How we make this immense amount of data readable? A summary of the discussion at the recent News Impact Summit in London.
 

7/6/2016

A Mirador for the data forest: From exploration to predictive modeling

Andrés Colubri shows how visualization can help explore vast and lush “forests of data,” and to search for paths that could lead to unexpected insights.
 

3/6/2016

Are the benefits from the internet measurable?

A new report from the World Bank highlights the challenge of choosing data to measure benefits and digital dividends derived from the internet.
 

31/5/2016

The trials and tribulations of data visualization for good

Jake Porway explains that “data visualization without rigorous analysis is at best just rhetoric and, at worst, incredibly harmful.”
 

26/5/2016

UK Govt releases Data Science Ethical Framework

Data science carries both huge opportunity and a duty of care. These new guidelines seek to facilitate innovative and responsible action.
 

19/5/2016

Who will win the upcoming 2016 US presidential election?

Free, reliable prediction data might be able to help you predict the outcomes.
 

17/5/2016

The dataviz pioneer you’ve never heard of

Who is William Mitchell Gillespie and why is he important?
 

10/5/2016

This year’s Data Journalism Awards in 7 visualizations

Today, the Global Editors Network released a shortlist of 63 projects to be considered for the prestigious Data Journalism Awards.
 

10/5/2016

If we want a resilient world, we need to start with resilient data

Innovations in data collection, analysis and visualization provide new angles on environmental issues - so long as the right data is made available.
 

8/5/2016

New initiative calls for a data driven approach to diversity in tech

Diversity strategies in tech are touted as bridging entrenched cultures of discrimination. But do they actually garner results?
 

5/5/2016

Is there a gun in that photo?

Justin Seitz provides a step-by-step guide on how to automatically tag weapons in social media images.
 

28/4/2016

Panama Papers data to be released in May

The ICIJ has just announced that it will make its Panama Papers investigation data freely available via a searchable database.
 

18/4/2016

From Computing Clerks to Androids: Two bits on the material lives of social data in India

Sandeep Mertia looks at the history of data collection in India and how the conditions have changed over time.
 

12/4/2016

Get curious about data: Insights and lessons on how data works

This March the Tow Center launched “The Curious Journalist’s Guide to Data”. We spoke to the author behind this book, Jonathan Stray.
 

11/4/2016

3 Winning ways to use data: A roundup of 2015 IRE Award projects

Finalists and winners of the 2015 IRE Awards have just been announced, and data driven journalism was a recurring theme throughout.
 

6/4/2016

Measuring corruption in Africa: Can data be trusted?

The UN ECA’s most recent African Governance Report challenges the current perception-based approach towards measuring corruption in Africa.
 

3/4/2016

DJA 2016: An award to celebrate the best of data journalism worldwide

The submission deadline is fast approaching for data journalists to enter the oldest international competition of its kind: The Data Journalism Awards.
 

27/3/2016

Mobile first, desktop later: Creating interactives for the small screen

How the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR design mobile-responsive data visualizations.
 

26/3/2016

3 data lessons from Netflix

To curate individual viewing experiences, Netflix applies a myriad of cool data techniques that can be leveraged across all types of data driven work.
 

23/3/2016

Lost in a random forest: Using Big Data to study rare events

Sudden shifts in public opinions on social issues are relatively rare. But when they do occur, treating Big Data well can provide valuable insights.
 

21/3/2016

Parse the presidential nomination to win $1000

Graphicacy is challenging data practitioners to create powerful visualizations using 2016 presidential nomination data.
 

16/3/2016

Happiness can’t be measured…or can it?

Following the release of the 2016 World Happiness Report data, we explored the different modes of measuring subjective matters like happiness.
 

10/3/2016

Data journalism meets UK hyperlocal media: What’s hindering the potential?

Oumaima Azzelzouli explores the challenges and opportunities that data driven journalism presents for the UK’s 408 active hyperlocal sites.
 

8/3/2016

#GE2015: What Twitter’s API revealed about the 2015 UK election debates

Sentiment analyses conducted by researchers at the University of Reading revealed what viewers on Twitter thought about the UK Leader’s debate.
 

25/2/2016

From data basic to data die hard: Check out the EJC’s new online training platform

The European Journalism Centre recently launched LEARNO.NET - a cutting-edge, online video training platform for digital journalists.
 

23/2/2016

Is data journalism for everyone?

A recent study of newsrooms in Finland, the UK and the USA, asked five prominent data journalists their thoughts on who should practice data journalism.
 

19/2/2016

An official mystery: US data on police-related deaths (yet counted by the Guardian)

Harvard-based researchers show that police-related deaths are countable, and explain the public health imperatives behind collecting this kind of data.
 

17/2/2016

4 data resources for journalists reporting on Zika

Last week, the global scientific community responded to a call from WHO to rapidly share data on the Zika virus. We looked at some of the data available.
 

2/2/2016

Measuring ‘hate’ through Google searches

Former Google data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz explains how Google searches can gauge public sentiment that polls and surveys can’t always measure.
 

1/2/2016

Where but when and why: Deaths of journalism

Kaiser Fung audits three ways journalists’ deaths data has been mapped.
 

23/1/2016

Data journalism’s finest

A study of projects nominated for the Data Journalism Award.
 

21/1/2016

#ThisIsACoup: A Case Study of Data Journalism using Social Media

Wasim Ahmed reflects on his experience using social media data to report on the stringent Greek bailout demands.
 

20/1/2016

African data journalism fund offers $500,000 for investigative projects

Africa’s first data-driven investigative journalism initiative launched this week with $500,000 in grants and technical support.
 

19/1/2016

65536 problems with numbers and your data

Seeing certain numbers in your data can be indicative that there is something wrong with it. Chris Groskopf looks at common red flags.
 

15/1/2016

Ethics in data journalism: Margin of error in Bureau of Labor Statistics reports

Jonathan Stray highlights a straightforward ethical problem that is often ignored: the margin of error in the available data.