This week’s local and mayoral elections have given journalists a great opportunity for producing data-driven journalism and experimenting with visualisations to present that data to the audience.
In this week’s Journalism.co.uk podcast Rachel McAthy looks at the current opportunities for journalists in the world of open data, with lots of tips from data journalism experts on where to find data resources and tools to help reporters find the stories within.
The podcast hears from:
- Tony Hirst, lecturer in telematics at the Open University
- Chris Taggart, co-founder of OpenCorporates
- Simon Rogers, editor of Guardian Datablog and Datastore
More recommended data journalism resources to get you started:
- The Data Journalism Handbook (online version)
- Paul Bradshaw’s Online Journalism Blog
- Tony Hirst’s OUseful.info blog
- How to: get to grips with data journalism, by Simon Rogers on Journalism.co.uk
- Screencast: How to use data journalism tool Tableau, on Journalism.co.uk
- Five great examples of data journalism using Google Fusion Tables, on Journalism.co.uk
Journalism.co.uk runs training courses in data journalism. There are two levels: introduction to data journalism, being held on 9 or 28 May, and intermediate data journalism, which will run on 29 May. Both are being run by Kevin Anderson.
Those looking to expand their skills quickly can book on one of the introduction to data journalism courses and the intermediate course. If you book both options the cost is at the reduced rate.
This is the last time we will be offering this course led by Kevin Anderson due to his commitments – so take advantage of the final opportunity to learn from this former BBC and Guardian journalist.
You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.
- #Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – try this tutorial on using Google Fusion Tables
- Tool of the week for journalists: Data.gov.uk’s map-based search
- #Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – dive into the data journalism handbook
- #Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – try this Google Fusion Tables tutorial
- #followjourn – @smfrogers Simon Rogers/data journalist