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‘Snowball editorial’: the journey that brought you the Data Journalism Handbook 2

Editors Jonathan Gray and Liliana Bounegru share their insights.


Journalists are invited to apply for the Data Journalism Awards 2019

It’s that time of year again! Entries are now open for season eight of the competition.


Debunking with data: Insights from fact-checkers around the globe

Armed with data, fact-checkers play an important role helping citizens sort fact from fiction. We asked them how they do it.


West Africa Leaks: Q&A with Will Fitzgibbon and Daniela Lepiz

Where does all of West Africa’s money go? Will and Daniela poured over 27.5 million documents from previous data leaks to find out.


9 questions about the World Cup, and how data journalists answered them

The World Cup might be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy the brilliant data journalism it’s inspired.


Expect the unexpected: Telling stories with open data

In our latest data newsletter, we asked about open data storytelling. Pinar Dağ shared some further advice from her work in Turkey.


Lessons for showcasing data journalism on social media

How do you make data journalism stand out on social media? The Economist’s Marie Segger shares her tips.


How to watchdog algorithms: Q&A with Nick Diakopoulous

Journalists are used to reporting on powerful elites, but it’s important to hold powerful algorithms accountable as well.


Conversations with data: A newsletter by and for the data journalism community

Launched this week, the EJC’s data newsletter aims to inspire conversations with data journalists across Europe and beyond.


How Pakistani journalists subvert danger — and the narrative — with data

In Pakistan, data journalists are unflinchingly embracing new tools to measure suffering, the reasons for this, and potential solutions.


The double challenge of explaining Europe through data

A look at how the European Data Journalism Network is helping journalists produce, translate and share data driven news on European affairs.


A primer on political bots - part three: Moving forward

How can data journalists help to address the bot problem? The answer is more complicated than simply identifying and defining them.


Why science can’t ignore data journalism

Frank Odenthal reflects on the important role that journalists have in promoting action on science-backed issues.


Conversations with Data: Join the discussion at the International Journalism Festival

The EJC is offering European-based, data visualisation pros the chance to attend its IJF session for free. Find out how.


Robots can save local journalism. But will they make it more biased?

If robot journalism is not contextualized by local reporters with local knowledge, Alexander Fanta shows how it can produce misleading stories.


Newsrooms: Build your organization’s data skills with the Data Culture Project

Struggling to build your newsroom’s ability to work with data? This new initiative aims to breakdown silos and build data cultures.


A primer on political bots - part two: Is it a Bot? It’s complicated!

Drawing upon a twitter analysis of cryptocurrency conversations, researchers have identified certain account characteristics to identify bots.


What civic media practice looks like for data driven journalism

New research shows that data driven projects play an important role in supporting discussion about social problems.


Bringing data journalism to the Arab world

With research finding that Arab journalists face systemic challenges accessing and using data, a new network hopes to overcome these.


Over $21,500 up for grabs at this year’s Data Journalism Awards

Teams from across the globe are invited to submit their outstanding work in the field of data journalism.


A primer on political bots: Part one

With bots increasingly influencing the prominence of fake news stories, researchers set out to investigate they can be more quickly identified.


Help translate the new Data Journalism Handbook

We want to make the Handbook freely available for everyone around the world, but we need your help.


Making data visualisation accessible in Turkey

To promote the country’s data literacy and visual skills, a Turkish version of The Data Visualisation Catalogue has just launched.


Data journalism and the ethics of publishing Twitter data

Regardless of whether data is public or private, privacy and informed consent should always be a key consideration for journalists.


Wrestling with dirty data

More often than not data will show up on your doorstep with a problem. MaryJo Webster takes a look at five common culprits.


The mobile news audience is huge. Its habits are… complicated.

The mobile news audience has exploded over the past two years, but is mobile journalism really worth the investment?


European Press Prize shortlist highlights the power of data journalism

Out of the 25 shortlisted entries, from 19 countries, we took a look at five that used data driven or innovative storytelling methods.


New database showcases collaborative journalism from around the world

So far, the database contains information on 94 collaborations from over 800 newsrooms. But they need your help to grow.


Help link good data to good outcomes: Submit a Gender Data Impact story

Do you know of stories where gender data led to impact? Data2X is collecting impactful journalism to highlight the importance of good data.


Use your data skills to fight organised crime and uncover corruption

The ICFJ is seeking applicants for a one year Knight fellowship with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.


Do we believe everything that we read about Donald Trump?

In an era of fake news, new research explores the emergence of online citizen curation to disseminate news about Donald Trump.


IRE announces winners of 2017 Philip Meyer Journalism Award

Top awards went to investigations into the pharmacy safety net, bankruptcy protections and housing market discrimination in Germany.


New survey reveals the importance of developing Nepal’s open data capacity

Open data has the potential to inform debate and develop solutions. But only if civil society, journalists and governments know how to use it.


Final days to apply for OpenNews’ Ticket + Travel scholarships

The journalism code community is diverse and distributed across the globe, OpenNews wants to help you connect.


Rethinking ethics in social network research

With journalists increasingly using social network analyses, the ethical aspects of this type of research must not be forgotten.


9 Places to find data on the environment

What is the best way of reporting on data related to the environment? And where do you find the data in the first place?


What automated journalism looks like now and in the future

While robots might not take away jobs from journalists, Matt Carlson looks at how automation challenges our ideas about the profession.


Why data is stupid (and how to write about it better)

Data is easier than ever to gather and visualize — which also makes it easier to trust. But that’s not always a good thing.


Only one week left to enter the IRE Awards

It’s time to gather your best stories of the year! The deadline to submit is fast approaching.


Teaching data journalism: A challenge for every university

How do J-schools keep pace with the ever-changing face of journalism?


8 Ways data journalism brought in 2018

We took a look at unique ways news organisations used data to reflect on the year that was.


You can innovate journalism through design thinking

As traditional business models are collapsing, journalists need to learn more about their audiences.


We learn from our mistakes: How to make better predictions from tweets

Social media is a potential goldmine of information. But only if you know how to mine it well.


Get the story right: Logistic regression as a tool for journalists querying categorical outcomes

Paul Ricci shows how logistic regression can help test whether variables in your story are associated.


First look inside the new Data Journalism Handbook

Can’t wait until it’s published in 2018? The EJC has provided a sneak peek into its planned updates.


New trial puts local news on the RADAR

RADAR, a localised automated news service in England and Ireland, has successfully completed a trial at 35 regional titles.


Greening out on data: Reflections by a journalist covering marijuana legalisation

From “stop-and-frisk” data to sentiment analysis, Evan Wyloge takes a look back at the story’s various data driven angles.


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.