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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: 7 data visualisation tips for beginners

May 6th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists
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By Jorge Fran Ganillo on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

The rise in the use of data in journalism has brought with it a need to be able to accurately portray that data in a way that is easy for readers to understand.

This can sometimes be a hurdle for small newsrooms or independent journalists who do not have a background in digital design but Ann K Emery an evaluation, data and visualisation consultant at Innovation Network has put together a useful list of tips for beginners in the field.

This post on her blog about the data visualisation design has advice on the process from beginning to end and is worth having a look at even if it is just to better understand the process a newsroom designer may go through.

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#Tip: Remember these data-scraping tools for journalists

April 22nd, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

The abundance of data in all its forms – from government departments and company accounts to sports measurements and social statistics – provides a constant stream of potential stories for the numerate and curious journalist.

As any experience data journalist will tell you, not all data is easily accessible and will often be uploaded in a less than accessible manner. This is where scraping tools come in.

Shelly Tan spent much of last autumn working on visualisations at NPR and discovered a number of handy web-scraping tools to make the job easier, as she explains in this blog post.

For further information on getting started in data journalism this guide on sources and tools for the job is a great place to start.

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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: 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.

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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: Advice on ethics and best practice in data journalism

September 27th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Top tips for journalists

As a still emerging field, data journalism throws up a number of practical and ethical pitfalls that have no real precedent in the industry.

Paul Bradshaw, who runs an MA in online journalism at Birmingham University and is a visiting Professor at city University London, has been publishing a series of articles through his Online Journalism Blog this week that seek to define some elements of best practice when it comes working with online data sources.

Privacy, protection of sources, automation and more are covered as part of a “draft book chapter on ethics in data journalism” Bradshaw is producing. Well worth remembering for established data journalists or those just starting out.

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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: Visit VisualisingData.com for lists of tools to use

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

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By Jorge Fran Ganillo on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

A website called VisualisingData.com, run by Andy Kirk, recently published a group of posts, each one outlining numerous resources for those working in all stages of a data journalism project, and looking for the right tools for the job.

The “essential collection” is organised based on the task at hand, from scraping to visualising data, with additional links to useful data sources and books to help guide you through the process.

Hat tip: Scott Klein (@kleinmatic)

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