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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.
 

13/1/2016

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.
 

11/1/2016

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.
 

9/1/2016

A data visualization that is invariant to the data

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

7/1/2016

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.
 

6/1/2016

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?
 

4/1/2016

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.
 

2/1/2016

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.
 

26/12/2015

Raw data and the incurious

Kaiser Fung looks at the dangers of plotting elemental data.
 

24/12/2015

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.
 

21/12/2015

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.
 

19/12/2015

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.
 

15/12/2015

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.
 

14/12/2015

“Aggressively collaborative”

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

10/12/2015

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.
 

7/12/2015

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.
 

5/12/2015

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?
 

3/12/2015

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.
 

2/12/2015

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.
 

1/12/2015

COP21: Three ways data can combat climate change compassion fatigue

Will COP21 have any impact on the way the public engages with climate change? Can data journalism change this?
 

27/11/2015

How data can help INFORM humanitarian journalism

The 2016 INFORM Index results and data were released today. We took a closer look at how INFORM can be used to report on disaster risk.
 

26/11/2015

New data mining initiative uses students’ browsing history to improve medical reporting

This month, DocGraph released Batea - a browser extension that mines clinical reference URLs from students to improve public health information.
 

22/11/2015

Data enriched research, data enhanced impact: The importance of UK data infrastructure

Matthew Woollard discusses the importance of UK data infrastructure and how the systematic management and sharing of research data benefit the public.
 

18/11/2015

Data journalism and ethics: What does the industry say?

To help data journalists uphold industry standards, the world’s largest database of media codes was launched this week.
 

17/11/2015

New portal expedites access to open government data across Europe

This week, the European Commission launched the European Data Portal - a searchable gateway for public data in multiple languages.
 

9/11/2015

How researchers created a journalism tool by scraping data from science journals

Using data extraction and analysis to create tools for other forms of journalism - not just the reporting itself.
 

5/11/2015

What is the best way for journalists to learn D3.js?

Mirko Lorenz interviews Scott Murray, author of “Interactive Data Visualization for the Web”, about his experience teaching D3.js.
 

4/11/2015

A vaccine against that anti-data journalism brain

Data and journalism are traditionally not seen as friends – and often as foes. But, in an increasingly data rich world, this attitude is no longer sustainable.
 

3/11/2015

Al Jazeera launches an Arabic translation of The Data Journalism Handbook

This week, Al Jazeera launched an Arabic edition of The Data Journalism Handbook as a part of the channel’s 19th anniversary celebrations.
 

2/11/2015

Comparison of Twitter APIs and tools for analyzing Tweets related to the Ebola Virus Disease

What is the best way to retrieve Twitter data? Wasim Ahmed looked at this question by studying Ebola-related tweets.
 

24/10/2015

Are you sure about those numbers? An application of Bayesian methods to MSF child mortality rates

New research reveals how advanced statistical methods can mitigate data shortcomings.
 

21/10/2015

“Open Data” + Journalism = ?

Jonathan Stoneman assesses the true impact of open data on the news agenda, and on journalism itself.
 

16/10/2015

Hack hunger with data this World Food Day

World Food Day 2015 marks a decade of collecting data on hunger. We looked at how the data driven community can leverage it to fight famine.
 

14/10/2015

Spanish-only version of NICAR-L launched today

Got a data question? IRE’s NICAR-L email forum connects community members to help. And now its available in Spanish.
 

13/10/2015

Using open data? Put yourself on the map

The Center for Open Data Enterprise is developing an interactive map to advance the use of open data - and they need your help.
 

10/10/2015

How does Amazon’s QuickSight launch benefit journalists?

This week, Amazon launched QuickSight, a cloud-based tool to help businesses visualize their data. We looked at how it might help tell data driven stories.
 

8/10/2015

What gets measured gets done: The importance of data in achieving development progress

A new report by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund highlights the importance and challenges of surveying development data.
 

5/10/2015

Data Journalists respond to Obama’s gun control challenge

Following last week’s Oregon shooting, we complied a round up of three different ways journalists visualized gun violence in America.
 

2/10/2015

AP to include Data Journalism Best Practices in 2017 Stylebook

This week, AP announced a renewed commitment to data driven journalism through the help of a $400,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
 

25/9/2015

What value does Facebook’s Signal add to the data driven community?

Hype has been rife in the media community this week after the launch of Facebook’s social surfacing and curation tool, Signal.
 

24/9/2015

Paul Bradshaw’s ‘Data Journalism Heist’ now available in Spanish

With the Spanish-language release of Paul Bradshaw’s ‘Data Journalism Heist’ this week, more journalists than ever will be able to find…
 

14/8/2015

Code for Africa get’s 4,7 million grant to extend data-driven projects

Initiative plans to extend work to number of African countries - based on financial support from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation