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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
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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: Check out these tips on planning and visualising data stories

December 10th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

The recent Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) Issue Brief on data journalism and visualisation brought speakers and delegates together to discuss how to present complex information through visualisations or analyse data sets more easily.

The session was hosted by David Ottewell, head of data journalism at Trinity Mirror Regionals, and Andy Kirk, founder of Visualising Data, who shared their thoughts and experiences on “sourcing, analysing and presenting data-driven stories”, and SIIA programme director Carolyn Morgan helpfully wrote the session up for others to learn from.

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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: 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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#Tip: Advice on improving process of data journalism

September 10th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Top tips for journalists
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On his Online Journalism Blog, journalism academic Paul Bradshaw is part-way through a collection of five tips on how to make the process, or “workflow” of data journalism more efficient. His advice includes ways to help find data in the first place, such as by creating “data newswires”, and using bookmarking to keep track of useful material. Bradshaw published his third tip today, looking at how to “anticipate problems”.

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#Tip: Try the new chart and map tools in GetBulb

September 6th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Top tips for journalists

GetBulb

Data visualisation tool GetBulb has this week announced the release of new tools for building charts and maps.

GetBulb was last year’s winner of The Irish Times’s digital challenge, a contest which saw the news outlet invite members of the technology industry to pitch projects which could impact on the newsroom.

There is more information on the tool, which is currently invite-only, here.

 

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#Tip: Try out updated data visualisation tool Datawrapper

September 3rd, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Top tips for journalists
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Image by Abron on Flickr. Some rights reserved

Data visualisation tool Datawrapper has had a significant update, which includes improvements in the of ease of use and in how charts appear.

The updates are explained here, and there is a new tutorial here.

You can see sample visualisations created with Datawrapper here.

Datawrapper is a free open source tool developed for data journalists. It was developed for ABZV, a journalism training organisation affiliated to BDVZ (German Association of Newspaper Publishers).

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#Tip: Delivering short data video with ‘datavines’

August 23rd, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

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Early last month former Guardian data editor Simon Rogers, who now has the same title at Twitter, blogged about how journalists could tell data-rich stories using Vine – its app for creating six-second-long videos (here’s more on that). He also shared some practical pointers for the most effective use of the platform.

And just this week, the Guardian put this idea to the test when it shared some of the key takeaways from GCSE results day across five videos.

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