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20/2/2017

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.
 

19/2/2017

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 data?
 

17/2/2017

Get applying for the 2017 Data Journalism Awards

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

16/2/2017

5 Important lessons we can learn from Hans Rosling

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

12/2/2017

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?
 

9/2/2017

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?
 

8/2/2017

Learn how to deep dive data with ProPublica’s News Application team

ProPublica has just opened applications for its 2017 Data Institute, a free 11-day workshop on how to use data, design and programming for journalism.
 

7/2/2017

What are the odds?  How odds ratios can help journalists understand relationships between events

How did a Clinton win affect the likelihood of a Trump win on the republican side? Paul Ricci shows how journalists can answer this and other questions.
 

6/2/2017

From zero to hero: How data journalism helped establish the ICIJ as a top investigative newsroom

Now famed for its Panama Papers and Swiss Leaks investigations, the ICIJ’s newsroom wasn’t always data-savvy. Mar Cabra explains.
 

2/2/2017

The explored and unexplored potential of big data and new technologies for data driven journalism

In spite of risks to privacy and data protection, new technologies and big data hold unique potential for journalistic research and advocacy.
 

31/1/2017

impactAFRICA announces 12 new data journalism grant winners

Thirteen investigative data journalism projects will jointly receive $100,000 to tackle African development challenges.
 

26/1/2017

Communicating large amounts: A new strategy is needed

To communicate large amounts, journalists often refer to football fields or Olympic swimming pools. But is this really the most effective strategy?
 

25/1/2017

Data science and climate change: An audience visualization

Hannah Chapple, from Affinio, shows how the tool can be used to analyse online climate change conversations.
 

24/1/2017

2016’s best precision journalism stories announced

Three stories that showcased exemplary use of social research methods have been recognised with the Philip Meyer Award.
 

19/1/2017

Polling and big data in the age of Trump, Brexit, and the Colombian Referendum

Raymond Perkins and Michael Li look back at the history of polling to dispel assumptions about the reliability of polling with big data.
 

18/1/2017

Don’t test me: Using Fisher’s exact test to unearth stories about statistical relationships

A test to help journalists determine if there is a relationship between variables such as gender, race, or the share of the votes in an election.
 

17/1/2017

Counting 11 million undocumented immigrants is easier than you think

News organizations widely report that the USA is home to 11 million unauthorized immigrants. But where does this figure come from?
 

11/1/2017

Death by clinical data: A model that accumulates medical knowledge for more comprehensive reporting

Jacob Barhak outlines his model that helps to overcome information overload in the investigation of clinical trial data.
 

10/1/2017

A data visualization that doesn’t use data

Dietmar Offenhuber talks about the art of indexical visualization.
 

7/1/2017

From Commutes to Megaregions, with open data and open source software

Using data from 4 million commutes, Alasdair Rae and Garrett Dash Nelson mapped a new view of economic geography in the United States.
 

6/1/2017

Your ticket to a global perspective on data journalism

OpenNews is currently offering tickets and travel scholarships for journalists to attend international events.
 

1/1/2017

Make data journalism your 2017 resolution

The Knight Center is offering a free online course to help newbies start extracting stories with data.
 

31/12/2016

Dangerous data: The role of data collection in genocides

Zara Rahman reflects on data minimisation and the importance of responsible approaches to data.
 

28/12/2016

Lies, damned lies and statistics: Why reporters must handle data with care

Most people do not read raw data sets or the methodology behind them – they primarily rely on how news media interpret statistical information.
 

20/12/2016

Aspiring UK journalists are invited to apply for the 2017 Google News Lab Fellowship

Gain valuable data and digital storytelling experience at one of the UK’s top media organisations.
 

15/12/2016

Counting the Pakistani Prime Minister’s speech writers: A stylistic analysis

Using stylistic patterns from the PM’s speeches, Ali Arsalan Kazmi unearths the number of authors behind his speeches.
 

14/12/2016

Getting with The Times: Lessons from the paper’s Data Journalism Editor

Bahareh Heravi spoke to Megan Lucero, Data Journalism Editor at The Times and The Sunday Times, about what it means practice data driven journalism today.
 

13/12/2016

Understanding development: Experts (try to) talk to Journalists

Making development programs meaningful for journalists isn’t always easy. We asked experts to explain what they do for journalists to use in their reporting.
 

12/12/2016

What does @ddjournalism look like on Twitter?

Wasim Ahmed conducted a social media analysis of the @ddjjournalism Twitter account and its #ddj.
 

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.