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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.


#TrumpWon? Trend vs. reality

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Counting conflict

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


“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.


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.


From print to digital: 5 steps of transformation

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


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.


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.


Data in multiple languages means data in multiple cultures

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


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.


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.


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?


Algorithms, accountability, and political emotion

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


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Is the Fragile States Index ‘fatally flawed’?

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


“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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


Who will win the upcoming 2016 US presidential election?

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


The dataviz pioneer you’ve never heard of

Who is William Mitchell Gillespie and why is he important?


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Parse the presidential nomination to win $1000

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


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.


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.


#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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Where but when and why: Deaths of journalism

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


Data journalism’s finest

A study of projects nominated for the Data Journalism Award.


#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.


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.


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.


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.


Using news reports to measure democracy

Data-driven journalists rely on data to produce news articles. Political scientists, on the other hand, increasingly rely on news articles to produce data.


How to tell if your data has been jeopardized a human

Chris Groskopf demonstrates how you can identify when data has been altered by a human, and common mistakes to look out for.


A data visualization that is invariant to the data

Kaiser Fung explains how design decisions can make or break your data visualization.


An XML miracle (or how to find a Trader Joe’s that sells beer)

Robert Gebeloff looks at how to extract XML data and then convert it to a more Excel-friendly format.


Using Weibo data to predict Shanghai Stock Market results

As China’s largest social network, Weibo provides valuable insights into the Chinese psyche. Does this extend to the Stock Market?


Getting data aggregation right

Sometimes your data are aggregated too much, too little, or to the wrong categories. Chris Groskopf looks at how you can solve these issues.


Big data problems we face today can be traced to the social ordering practices of the 19th century

Two centuries after the first big data revolution, many of the same problems persist down to the present era.


Raw data and the incurious

Kaiser Fung looks at the dangers of plotting elemental data.


All I want for Christmas is some help with my code

Today is your last chance to give back to the data driven community this Christmas by completing a 24 Pull Request.


ITU releases first ever big data standards

A new international standard seeks to implement a set of technical standards that ensure big data can be effectively leveraged in data driven work.


Why mobile data visualization shouldn’t hurt

Some visualizations just don’t work on mobile devices; but, as MozFest 2015 revealed, we shouldn’t be afraid to try.


British intelligence agency releases its map database

The GCHQ has just released its graph repository system on GitHub, under an open-source Apache 2 license.


“Aggressively collaborative”

Helena Bengtsson shows how visualization tools have increased collaborations between data journalists, developers, graphical artists and designers.


Taiwan number one country for open data

The newly released 2015 Open Data Index has ranked Taiwan’s government data the most open, and countries like Syria, Libya and Myanmar the most closed.


Punk or not, in data journalism, it’s the information that’s vital

In punk, using only three chords, you are good to go; and for Simon Rogers, Google’s Data Editor, the same goes for data journalism.


Availability of data for gender analysis has increased

Because more countries are conducting household surveys, the majority of them can produce data disaggregated by sex for basic indicators, but is this enough?


Disability-inclusive data journalism: can it exist?

This year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is all about inclusion, and yet data on disability is notoriously hard to find.


The story of a transformation, in three years

Mirko Lorenz spoke to Julius Tröger from Berliner Morgenpost about working with data in a smaller newsroom and his road to success.