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#Tip: Check out Importio’s weekly webinars for key data skills

May 28th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Top tips for journalists

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You can’t beat a step-by-step guide when you are stuck on how to carry out a particular task, and so for data journalists, Importio’s webinars, which are published on their blog and their YouTube channel once a week, may be a valuable resource to take a look at.

The webinars cover different stages of working with data using their tools, as well as others, such as visualisation platform Tableau.

Hat tip: @Journalismtls

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#Tip: Getting data out of documents and organised

March 26th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Top tips for journalists
Image by Digitzedchaos on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Image by Digitzedchaos on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

For journalists interested in data, the website Source – which was set up by the Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project – is a valuable platform to hear from others working with data in varying ways at different media outlets, and learn new techniques along the way.

In a recent post, Jonathan Stray tackles a number of challenges journalists may face in actually getting hold of the data within a document, such as working with PDF files, or how to organise information when faced with thousands of pages of data.

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#Tip: Practical tips and tech for launching a data blog

January 30th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Top tips for journalists

From organisations like the World Bank to news outlets such as the Guardian, data blogs offer a dedicated place for the sharing of statistic-led stories and visualisations around certain subjects.

For news outlets and journalists interesting in establishing a data blog, this recent post by Tableau is worth a look for advice on the first steps, with a focus on actually getting a blog up and running, covering possible platforms to use, hosting options and what to call the blog.

Disclaimer: Tableau is a sponsor of Journalism.co.uk’s digital journalism conference news:rewired.

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#Tip: Bookmark these resources for data journalism

January 21st, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Top tips for journalists

The good people over at the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) are collating a list of resources for data journalism that is well worth keeping an eye on.

The list includes resources for beginners; tips and tools for data-mining; platforms for data analysis; programmes for data visualisation; guides for statistics; data and technology blogs; books and conferences listings; as well as the option to help keep the guide up-to-date by submitting more to the GIJN’s Kate Willson.

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#Tip: Useful tools for digital newsrooms in 2014

January 13th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Multimedia, Top tips for journalists
Image by JM. Some rights reserved.

Image by JM. Some rights reserved.

NewsWhip has put together a list of tools to help digital journalists brush up on their skills and stay ahead of the game this year.

The list of 10 tools every digital newsroom should be using in 2014 includes lots of useful tips for gathering, curating and visualising content.

Items on the list include the Storyful multisearch Chrome plug-in, which allows you to search multiple social networks from your browser bar, and Datawrapper, a quick and simple tool for visualising data.

Other tools include Google image search for verification and of course NewsWhip’s own social news monitoring platform, Spike.

We’ve also put together our own list of essential skills for journalists to hone in 2014. Online journalists can learn more about new digital skills and developments at our news:rewired  conference on Thursday 20 February, 2014.

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#Tip: Consider this advice from Nate Silver on working with numbers

October 21st, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Top tips for journalists

Poynter has helpfully written up a post based on a talk by Nate Silver, who runs the now ESPN-owned FiveThirtyEight blog, at the ONA conference last week. The pointers from Silver are aimed at other journalists working with numbers and data, and could help reporters avoid making mistakes when looking for stories within the figures.

If you have a tip you would like to submit to us at Journalism.co.uk email us using this link.
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#Podcast: How small newsrooms can make an impact with data journalism

October 18th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Podcast
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Image by Arbron on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

No matter how small your newsroom, or how scarce your resources, data journalism is far from off the agenda.

In this week’s podcast, those who have walked in your shoes share some pointers for staying ahead of the data game, offer some time-saving tips and recommend free tools to help you along the way.

We speak to:

  • Nicolas Kayser-Bril, co-founder and head of Journalism++, who gave this presentation on ‘frugal data journalism’ at the Digital Journalism World conference last week
  • Paul Bradshaw, who leads the masters in online journalism at Birmingham University, is a visiting professor at City University and runs the Online Journalism Blog where he recently posted some thoughts on the subject of efficiency in data journalism
  • David Ottewell, head of data journalism, Trinity Mirror
  • Kathryn Torney, journalist, The Detail
  • Esa Makinen, data journalist, Helsingin Sanomat
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#Tip: 6 file conversion tools for data journalists

October 15th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Top tips for journalists

If you are a data journalist, one of the necessary evils of producing insightful and original articles in a growing field is making sure your data set is readable by various different platforms and languages.

So check out this selection of tools for converting data into various different formats from data journalist Jean Abbiateci.

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#Tip: Doing data journalism on a budget

October 9th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Top tips for journalists

Speaking at the Digital Journalism World conference in Sri Lanka this week, co-founder and chief executive of Journalism++ Nicolas Kayser-Bril outlined some pointers for carrying out “frugal data-journalism”. Here is a copy of his presentation.

Hat tip: @DataMinerUK (Nicola Hughes) who shared the link on Twitter.

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#Tip: Correcting mistakes in data journalism

October 3rd, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Top tips for journalists

On Journalism.co.uk we have previously looked at the subject of corrections in digital journalism, on news sites and social media, but this interesting article on Source takes a different angle on the issue, by asking “when and how to issue corrections for data journalism”.

The post includes examples of where mistakes might occur, and then tackles the idea of a “corrections policy for data”. All in all, a useful post to spark some discussion on best practice in this area.

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