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Sometimes you need to get creative about gathering data for a story

Reporting on last month’s shutdown of the Washington, D.C., metro, the Bloomberg graphics team created a map of surge pricing on Uber. But because Uber only shares that information with users when they request a ride, the graphics reporters had to manually request dozens of rides and take notes on how prices changed. Graphics reporter […]

How to start a small data journalism team in your newsroom

uilding a data journalism team in a small- or medium-sized newsroom can seem daunting, but ProPublica’s Scott Klein says it’s OK to start small. Klein offers tips for starting a small data journalism team in your newsroom, with advice including treating the team like a news desk, pick a strong editor to lead the team […]

Diving into Data Journalism: Strategies for getting started or going deeper

A few years ago, the digital revolution sparked upheaval — and in many newsrooms, concern. As technology brought data journalism and other new practices into newsrooms, some editors and publishers fretted that revered principles of shoe-leather reporting, experience, and intuition might decline or even disappear. But when the fear subsided, it became clear that the […]

How data journalism is different from what we’ve always done

The definition of data journalism is at once both painfully simple and frustratingly vague. “When you say data journalism, it means something different to just about everyone,” said Aron Pilhofer, visual editor at The Guardian. In his Tow Center paper, Alex Howard offered a more detailed definition for data journalism: “gathering, cleaning, organizing, analyzing, visualizing […]

How to get started with data journalism in your newsroom

Once you’ve decided data is something your staff should be able to handle, the question is how to incorporate it into their workflow. Every newsroom is already busy, and many are strapped for funding and staff. This section will address how to train journalists in data journalism while ensuring that it gets folded into the […]

How to establish data reporting newsroom-wide and make it sustainable

Learning spreadsheet basics is one thing, but establishing data as a steady practice is another. Those who teach data journalism agree there are some steps needed to get the most out of these data skills: namely, establishing habits and collaboration across all levels of staff. Establishing the ‘data state of mind’ Hilary Niles, who works […]

Resources for learning and doing data journalism

Tutorials Using Excel to do Precision Journalism by Steve Doig: Here you can learn the “basic spreadsheet knowledge” we talked about – sorting, filtering and basic calculations – in about one to two hours. If you’re interested, Doig goes on to cover formulas and tables, which are slightly more advanced. Google Sheets support from Google: If you […]

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