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#MozFest – First draft of new Data Journalism Handbook written in 48 hours

November 7th, 2011Posted by in Data

The first draft of a handbook to help journalists deal with data has been created this weekend, with plans for it to be published next week.

You can read the table of contents of the Data Journalism Handbook here.

The book was written in 48 hours at the Mozilla Festival in London, with contributions from 55 people, including staff from the BBC, Guardian and New York Times. It has six chapters and 20,000 words and is a response to a challenge set by Mozilla, a nonprofit technology company, to “assemble a utility belt for data-driven journalists”.

The challenge stated:

There’s increasing pressure on journalists to drive news stories and visualisations from data. But where do you start? What skills are needed to do data-driven journalism well? What’s missing from existing tools and documentation? Put together a user-friendly handbook for finding, cleaning, sorting, creating, and visualising data — all in service of powerful stories and reporting.

Jonathan Gray from the Open Knowledge Foundation and Liliana Bounegru, European Journalism Centre hosted sessions at the Mozilla Festival to create the handbook.

A blog post written by Gray lists some of the contributors

Interested in getting started in data journalism? Kevin Anderson is leading an introduction to data journalism one-day training course for Journalism.co.uk in January 2012.

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  • http://DataDrivenJournalism.net Liliana Bounegru

    hi sarah,

    thank you for the post. the link you provided is not actually to the first draft of the Data Journalism Handbook but to the table of contents. we’ll publish the first draft hopefully by the end of the week once we’ve done some basic editing.

  • http://sarahmarshall3.tumblr.com/ Sarah Marshall

    Thanks! I’ve updated. Let us know when it’s published

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