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How to make sense of data by bringing reporters and coders together

To get people with coding skills into the newsroom, The Daily Press in Newport News, Va., opens up its office for the monthly meeting of Code for America, a nonprofit that builds open-source technology to make government more transparent and responsive. It teaches skills and technology that newsrooms like The Daily Press need in data […]

7 common mistakes to avoid in data visualizations

A good data visualization is easy to understand and makes the data interesting and unambiguous, but some common mistakes can get in the way of a clear data visualization. Nishith Sharma rounds up the most common mistakes in data visualization and how to correct them, including making sure the numbers add up and using annotations […]

Tips for producing impactful data visualizations

David McCandless, data journalist and founder of data visualization company Information is Beautiful, shares his advice for producing data visualizations that add “a bit of punch” to a story. McCandless says while a lot of data visualizations use quantitative data, qualitative data such as people’s opinions and ideas can be visualized as well. Data and […]

How The Upshot used geolocation to personalize the text of a story

For a companion story on how children raised in different places have different chances of getting out of poverty, The Upshot put together an interactive article answering the question, “What would that look like where I live?” The Best and Worst Places to Grow Up alters the text based on the reader’s selected location, using […]

Why every journalist needs to learn basic data skills and how you can get started

Numbers are driving more and more stories on a variety of beats today, but data-heavy projects don’t have to be left to powerhouses like FiveThirtyEight and Vox. To get started working with data, pick a small subject. Tableau editorial manager Martha Kang recommends working with a list of names and familiarizing yourself with the tools […]

A lesson from the New York Times in how to avoid misleading readers with numbers

In an article from last summer, the New York Times published an interactive graphic on the Israeli assault underway in Gaza, presenting a biased version of the events through data visualization. Data journalism is often perceived as less biased than traditional written journalism, but the article serves as a reminder of the red flags to […]

Brown Moses launches crowdsourced tracking of troops in Ukraine and makes the project embeddable for all

Eliot “Brown Moses” Higgins has no professional journalism training but started Bellingcat to build on his and others’ work with real-time verification. The latestproject is a crowdsourced database of military activity in Ukraine. Instead of hosting the project only on Bellingcat, Higgins and his team are taking the more open approach of making the data […]

How to organize your community to build a local data hub when your newsroom lacks resources to work effectively with data

More local organizations and funders are eyeing the potential of using data to help inform, engage and serve their communities or to understand their community impact. But once you gather or acquire some cool, useful data, then what? Amy Gahran shares 10 strategies from nonprofit technology expert Beth Kanter for finding community volunteers and others […]

How to become a numbers person in journalism

“Finding opportunities to tell data-driven stories is the first step toward numeracy,” or literacy in using numbers, writes Meredith Broussard. “Most of the battle for becoming numerate is confidence. You will make mistakes, sure. But you are writing journalism, which is a collective rather than a solo venture. Reach out to people who can help […]

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