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Data journalism only matters when it’s open and transparent

This new, improved data journalism could start to perform a valuable democratic function: becoming a bridge between those who have the data (and are terrible at explaining it) and the world, which is crying out for raw information and ways of understanding it, writes Simon Rogers.

Bloomberg News goes short with its approach to explanatory journalism, QuickTake

The QuickTake page has 90-something stories, each about 650 words long, that take a big topic and break it down into three categories — The Situation, The Background and The Argument — and then gives the reader some links where they can obtain additional information. The stories are short and to the point. “It’s quite […]

The revenue strategy for explainer journalism is unclear

You might have heard: The Upshot, The New York Times’ new project for explanatory and data-based journalism, launched yesterday (New York Times) But did you know: Lucia Moses asks whether there’s an ad model for this sort of niche, explanatory journalism. Online publishers can build an ad-based business one of two ways: Go the scale route by selling […]

The Upshot, The New York Times’ effort at explanatory journalism, launches today

You might have heard: David Leonhardt explains two reasons for starting The Upshot — to explain the news and do more data-based reporting (Facebook) But did you know: The Times’ new project blends aspects of other trendy news startups. It’s part Vox, helping readers understand complex stories like Obamacare, inequality and the real-estate market, and also partially a […]

4 ways to design stronger A/B tests through UX research

A/B testing allows websites to compare variations of the same web page to determine which will generate the best outcomes. But if A/B tests are used in lieu of research, the variations are essentially guesses. You can improve outcomes of A/B tests by incorporating UX research to improve cause identification, develop more realistic hypotheses, and […]

5 questions to ask yourself before making a data visualization

Displaying data can be tricky, because different rules apply in different contexts. The five questions include thinking about whether you’re presenting or circulating your data, whether you’re using the right kind of chart or table, and what message you’re trying to convey.

When data journalism meets hyperlocal

Most of the attention that gets paid to the growing field of “data journalism” gets focused on ambitious, national-level sites, but data exists in all kinds of places, and can be used in different ways, writes Mathew Ingram. One example of an interesting attempt to use public data to highlight an issue of social importance […]

Lessons from building a good vertical

Frédéric Filloux talks to Rafat Ali, founder and CEO of Skift, a travel intelligence company or the “Bloomberg News of travel,” says Ali. “There is no excuse for not trying to build a vertical digital service (web site & mobile app) for a strong media company shifting to digital,” writes Filloux. “As long as you […]

Your Freedom of Information request was filled — now what?

Jonathan Stray writes a guide to turning documents into data, organized as a sort of flowchart with a series of questions you can ask yourself to understand what will need to happen when the documents finally arrive.

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