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How to Think like a Data Journalist [Datablog]

How to Think like a Data Journalist [Datablog] | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

Whilst preparing for her Strata keynote, Google's Kathryn Hurley spent a week with the Datablog team and here are a few key takeaways from that experience...

 

Exploring the methods and tools that a data journalist uses in their day to day activity at the Guardian Datablog: The fast-paced environment means data analysis tools that are quick and easy to use reign supreme. There are really three major steps of the Guardian Datablog's process that drive the tools and resources they use:

Getting the data Telling the story Sharing the data

Read further for more details on the data journalism process and associated resources and links, as well as how you can apply some of these data analysis techniques to your own work...
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Is Content Curation the New Community Builder?

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This piece was written by Eric Brown for social media explorer.

 

I selected this article because it reaffirms what many of us already know but it's still good to see this in writing: Content curation and Media Curation (a mix of  machine aggregation and Human Curation) are starting to pick up steam.

 

Here are some highlights:

 

Curation comes up when search stops working,” says author and NYU Professor Clay Shirky. But it’s more than a human-powered filter.

 

**“Curation comes up when people realize that it isn’t just about information seeking, it’s also about synchronizing a community.”

 

The author says and I agree with him:

 

 

**"The value will be in the expertise of the curator, people will not read junk, and the best of the best curators will create digital domination with vibrant communities".

 

There is also a great quote from Fred Wilson's AVB blog in which he details what he would do if he were starting the Village Voice now:

 

**I would not print anything. I would not hire a ton of writers. I would build a website and a mobile app (or two or three). I would hire a Publisher and a few salespeople.

 

**I would hire an editor and a few journalists. And then I’d go out and find every blog, twitter, facebook, flickr, youtube, and other social media feed out there that is related to downtown NYC

 

**and I would pull it all into an aggregation system where my editor and journalists could cull through the posts coming in, curate them, and then publish them

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

Read full article: [http://bit.ly/kmZvJg]

 


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Alessio Manca's comment, May 23, 2012 4:36 AM
What a truth! TY!!
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Comprehensiveness, Context and Presentation Are The Three Keys To Effective Curation in Journalism

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Robin Good: I agree and I have said it before: Curation has nothing to do with personal expression or sharing nor with collecting links, tweets or blog posts that you may find interesting.

 

Curation is all about "taking care" of something in the sense  of helping someone "else" be able to dive in and make sense of a specific topic, issue, event or news story. It is about collecting, but it is also about explaining, illustrating, bringing in different points of view and updating the view as it changes.

 

Adam Schweigert captures the essence of it elegantly: "...[curation] it almost certainly involves broader responsibility than just tracking a big story and putting together a Storify of how it unfolded.

 

It’s more than blogging a daily roundup of the stories our audience cares about but our publication is not going to do original reporting on.

 

It’s more than becoming the Twitter account that people look to because we’re not afraid to retweet our competitors if they have a story that matters to our followers before we can report it ourselves.

 

Naturally we should continue to do all of those things as well, but I would argue that it is important that would-be curators of news go at least one step further.


Part guide and collector, part interpreter, part researcher, part archivist, the curator of news does all of the above:

 

a) collects and organizes information,

 

b) places it in a broader context,

 

c) mines the archives to surface bits of historical information, advances our understanding of the story and the driving forces behind it and, perhaps most importantly,

 

d) takes care to ensure that a story is properly maintained and told in the best possible way for our audience to take it in.


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Curation is not really about reducing costs and operating more efficiently (although aggregation certainly is).

 

Curation is about taking care to ensure that our audience has the best possible information, context and presentation for that information."

 

Rightful. 8/10

 

Full article: http://adamschweigert.com/towards-a-better-definition-of-curation-in-journalism/ ;

 

(Image credit: heyjude.wordpress.com)


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