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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – questions to ask of data you’re working with

July 2nd, 2012Posted by in Data, Top tips for journalists

An article written by Owni.fr’s Nicolas Kayser-Bril in the Data Journalism Handbook published earlier this year, republished on the Media Helping Media website, helpfully highlights three key questions journalists should be asking of the data they work with.

The three “very simple” but important questions, outlined in his article, are:

  • How was the data collected
  • What’s in there to learn?
  • How reliable is the information?

Here is a link to a copy of the full handbook which “can be freely copied, redistributed and reused under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license”.

You may also be interested to know Journalism.co.uk runs training courses in data journalism. There are two levels: introduction to data journalism, being held on 10 September, and intermediate data journalism, which will run on 11 September. Both are being run by Paul Bradshaw.

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