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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

By Jorge Fran Ganillo on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

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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#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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#Tip: Take a look at this list of 8 visualisation tools

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Image by JM. Some rights reserved.

On the Visual.ly blog last week Allison McCartney shared a list of eight tools journalists can use to create maps, timelines and other visualisations, to help tell stories. They included MapBox – which the Financial Times has started using recently – TikiToki, Tableau and many others.

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#Tip: Listen online to Open Data Institute lectures

July 22nd, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Top tips for journalists
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Image by Brett Levin Photography on Flickr. Some rights reserved

The Open Data Institute (ODI) launched in December. The non-profit, as the name suggests, works with open data – which can be a source of stories for journalists.

Founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and web academic Nigel Shadbolt, the government has pledged £10 million of funding to the ODI.

The ODI runs free lunchtime lectures on a Friday and makes the slides and audio available.

Journalism.co.uk attended the first lecture, which was on open health data, an area of interest to health reporters (the notes on the health data lecture are at this link).

The audio of most of the lectures is on SoundCloud. More information on the lectures and the slides are at this link.

Journalism.co.uk runs a one-day course in partnership with the ODI. See details of the course which is an introduction to open data for journalists.

 

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