26/6/2012

Data journalism hits Vienna

 

This month the European Journalism Centre together with the small enthusiastic team of fjum_forum for journalism and media, based in Vienna, organised one of the first events in Austria dedicated entirely to data journalism. The two-day conference and workshop aimed to inspire Austrian journalists on how to get started with data journalism and to help them develop the skills they need to succeed in the field. 

An outstanding group of data journalists and advocates, including from the Guardian, the Zeit Online, the BBC, the Open Knowledge Foundation, Access Info Europe and the City of Vienna government addressed issues such as:

  • Why should newsrooms introduce data journalism?
  • What can data journalism do for your newsroom?
  • How do you build a data journalism team: what are the needed skills?
  • Why should journalists use data?
  • Where can journalists find data?
  • What can journalists do with data? 

Below are some videos and other resources from this conference.

Data journalism at the BBC

In this video Bella Hurrell, Specials Editor at the BBC, tells us how the data team at the BBC looks like, what kind of people you need to create a data team, and gives tips for how to produce effective data journalism.

The slides from this talk are available on SlideShare.

Data journalism in print media 

In this video investigative journalist Eva Linsinger from the Austrian political magazine profil talks about how data-driven investigations are being done in a print magazine and about the challenges of Austrian journalists in getting hold of data in a country with no Freedom of Information Act. 

Data journalism at Zeit Online 

Zeit editor Sascha Venohr presents some of the best data projects of the Zeit Online (an overview can be found here).

How to get started with data journalism

In this video I am presenting some of the free online resources for data journalism that I've helped create as part of my work for the European Journalism Centre, including the Data Journalism Handbook, and tipsheets and videos from trainings and conferences. You can find the slides of my talk here.

Some data is available. But some data is not! 

What information is the Austrian government not making publicly available to its citizens? Former journalist Josef Barth set up a blog where he writes about this topic and about the situation regarding the right to information in Austria. 

The slides from this talk are available here.

Where to find E.U. data

What is open data? Where can you find data on E.U. spending? Friedrich Lindenberg, developer at the Open Knowledge Foundation, provides an overview (slides can be downloaded here).

The story of open government data in Vienna 

What encourages governments to release data and build data portals? Should journalists and other communities play a role in proactively shaping open data policies? Thomas Jöchler of the City of Vienna tells the story behind the local government's open data portal. 

 

Do it yourself: tipsheets and useful links

The second day of this event was dedicated to workshops where participants worked on their skills to collect data, analyse it, understand it and visualise it, as well as on data projects (here you can find one of the maps produced, which illustrates which dangerous products were reported in European countries between 2005 and 2012). 

The tutorials and useful links shared in these workshops are available on the Data Hub so anyone can give learning some data wrangling skills a try. 

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