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How a Map Is Like an Op-Ed: Geography as a Storytelling Tool

How a Map Is Like an Op-Ed: Geography as a Storytelling Tool | visual data | Scoop.it

Thanks to the open data movement and Google Map Maker, anyone with a computer can create a map. These maps tell a story, but it's a subjective one. And while that can be a powerful tool, it can also skew perspectives and cloud a debate.

"We should really teach people to read maps in that way," says Laura Kurgan, an associate professor of architecture at Columbia University. "Maps are arguments, just like a piece of written journalism is an argument."

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How to Think like a Data Journalist [Datablog]

How to Think like a Data Journalist [Datablog] | visual data | 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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A Journalist’s Guide To Infographics [INFOGRAPHIC]

A Journalist’s Guide To Infographics [INFOGRAPHIC] | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics can be great link building tools. Many folks assume that developing great infographics is too hard. In reality, it is pretty straight forward if you keep things simple, sweet, and to the point. You are going to need a good looking visual too. Covering a trending topic helps as well.

For the complete infographic that shows you how to develop quality visuals, make sure to visit the article link...

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Data Journalism Handbook: Tips for Working with Numbers

Data Journalism Handbook: Tips for Working with Numbers | visual data | Scoop.it
Today sees the release of the Data Journalism Handbook - a unique collaboration of data journalists from around the world, including the Guardian's data team.

In this extract from the book, former BBC reporter and author Michael Blastland explains how to start with data - and how to enjoy yourself in the process...

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Data Science Is the New Black

Data Science Is the New Black | visual data | Scoop.it

As Tim O’Reilly tweeted last week, “Data Science is the new black.” Data has definitely got people talking and rethinking the implications, and that includes a growing number of leading journalists and journalism schools…and media funders.

 

Consider just three recent happenings:

-Earlier this year, data camps were held at both Columbia University and University of Texas.
-At the Mozilla Festival in London late last year, a team of developers, designers, and digital journalists set out to write the first Data Journalism Handbook.
-Just last month, the Global Editors Network announced the first data journalism awards.

 

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2011: the year in data, journalism (and charts)

2011: the year in data, journalism (and charts) | visual data | Scoop.it

What were the data stories of 2011? Which figures gripped the headlines and defined the year? From Occupy to the tensions of the eurozone and the riots across England, the Datablog has covered it all. Here is our look back at 2011 in data.

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New data tool creates visual model of information from readers

New data tool creates visual model of information from readers | visual data | Scoop.it

Not many years ago, data visualization was a field of charts, graphs & diagrams. But today, we can quickly transform mountains of data into a liquid medium- interactive computer graphics, presenting a new palette of possibilities.

Skyline is an interactive visualization of responses from sources in the Public Insight Network. It’s intended to quickly show how many people responded to a PIN query, how much they had to say and then, when you "drill down" into the Skyline, to allow you to read those responses in detail.

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How data is driving innovative journalism

How data is driving innovative journalism | visual data | Scoop.it

Data-driven journalism is emerging as a valuable way of reporting, with government agencies releasing massive amounts of data -- willingly or unwillingly...

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6 Ways Data Journalism is Making Sense of the World

6 Ways Data Journalism is Making Sense of the World | visual data | Scoop.it

When I wrote that Radar was investigating data journalism and asked for your favorite examples of good work, we heard back from around the world.

I received emails from Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Canada and Italy that featured data visualization, explored the role of data in government accountability, and shared how open data can revolutionize environmental reporting...


It was instructive to learn more about the work of two large media organizations, the Los Angeles Times and Canada’s Global News, which have been building their capacity to practice data journalism. The other international perspectives in my inbox and tweet stream, however, were a reminder that big-city newsrooms that can afford teams of programmers and designers aren’t the only players here.acts of data journalism by small teams or individuals aren’t just plausible, they’re happening — from Italy to Brazil to Africa.


That doesn’t mean that the news application teams at NPR, The Guardian, ProPublica or the New York Times aren’t setting the pace for data journalism when it comes to cutting edge work — far from it — but the tools and techniques to make something worthwhile are being democratized.

That’s possible in no small part because of the trend toward open source tools and social coding I’m seeing online, from Open Street Map to more open elections...

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An interesting overall look at the state of data journalism on varying scales, as explored through the examination of case studies, resources and applications.

Of particular interest is the role of open data in generating content, and how that may affect the future of data visualization.

Still, the numerous online links provided within the article offer a substantial number of references on a broad range of topics that pertain to data journalism and visualization.

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Open data journalism: creating engaging stories...

Open data journalism: creating engaging stories... | visual data | Scoop.it

Data is everywhere: from governments publishing billions of bytes of the stuff, to visual artists creating new concepts of the world through to companies building businesses on the back of it.

At the same time, journalism has undergone a transformation; it's not that long ago that the only way to get a story published by a major news organisation involved years of training and interning and generally slaving away until you get noticed and published.

These are the days of open journalism, reporters who can use the power of the web can produce stronger, better stories. Open journalism involves the person reading and commenting on the story as much as the original reporter, and with the power to shape and influence the news they see in front of them.

But how does that connect to data journalism? These are two segments of the same pie chart - and for data journalism to develop beyond just being the latest fad, it has to engage and involve the people reading the news as well as creating it...

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Anyone can do it. Data journalism is the new punk

Anyone can do it. Data journalism is the new punk | visual data | Scoop.it
Can anyone be a data journalist?Simon Rogers on what we can learn from a 1977 diagram...

Now is the time to examine this - in May 2010, we published this piece on how reporters would soon be flooded with a "tsunami of data". Two years on and data journalism is part of the fabric of what we, and many other news organisations do. What is it? I would say data journalism is such a wide range now of styles - from visualisation to long form articles. The key thing they have in common is that they're based on numbers and statistics - and that they should aim to get a 'story' from that data. The ultimate display of that story, be it words or graphics, is irrelevant, I think - it's more about the process...

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Data as Narrative at SXSW Interactive

Data as Narrative at SXSW Interactive | visual data | Scoop.it

Nicola Hughes, at The Guardian, reminded us that until now the “roles of narrators, curators, and computers have been very differentiated, but now it is super smeared and undefined.” She also reminded us that “algorithms we use to sort through data are not apolitical. What you find on Google are things that are interesting to the public, but not necessarily in the public interest.”

 

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A Code of Ethics for Data Visualization Professionals

A Code of Ethics for Data Visualization Professionals | visual data | Scoop.it
Data Visualization is a relatively new field and as such, it has a lot of maturing to do. And part of that process is determining what is acceptable practice.

It is important to have a visible code of ethics because it establishes a standard of quality, helps us garner trust from clients, users and viewers, and gives our team a sense of confidence and pride in their work.

But how do you develop a visualization-specific code of ethics? In many ways, visualization is similar to journalism. In fact, many – if not most – large newspapers have created dedicated visualization departments, which produce some of the highest-quality data visualizations we see today. That’s hardly coincidental. Much like journalists, data visualization professionals have to collect data and information and then represent it to the public in the most truthful way possible...

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Data-driven journalism and data visualization

Data-driven journalism anddata visualization by Jojo Malig on Prezi. Great visual presentation this...

Data journalism is not just graphics and visualizations; it's about telling the story in the best way possible.

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Word Clouds Considered Harmful

Word Clouds Considered Harmful | visual data | Scoop.it
The New York Times senior software architect would like the newest "mullets of the Internet" to go back from whence they came.

So what’s so wrong with word clouds, anyway? To understand that, it helps to understand the principles we strive for in data journalism. At The New York Times, we strongly believe that visualization is reporting, with many of the same elements that would make a traditional story effective: a narrative that pares away extraneous information to find a story in the data; context to help the reader understand the basics of the subject; interviewing the data to find its flaws and be sure of our conclusions.

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