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Data journalism: Frontline Club International Partners

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John Burn-Murdoch
@jburnmurdoch

john.burn-murdoch@guardian.co.uk john.burnmurdoch@which.co.uk
Data doesn't mean you stop talking to people

Would it still be news if you got rid of the graphics?

So you've got a big number - but is it all that big in context?

Creative accounting: sometimes the story is hiding in plain sight

http://bit.ly/spkclock

http://bit.ly/camjobcheck
The story
Scraperwiki, OutwitHub

XML, JSON

SQL, DBMS

Google Forms

http://bit.ly/scrpwk

http://bit.ly/outwthb

http://bit.ly/jsonxml

http://bit.ly/ggforms
Scraping, mining
Google Refine

Stanford Data Wrangler

Excel functions

http://bit.ly/ggrefine

http://bit.ly/wranglr

http://bit.ly/mjwexcel
Cleaning
Mapping: Google Fusion, CartoDB

Dashboards: Tableau, Qlikview

Illustrative charts: DataWrapper, Google Charts, Infogr.am

Network graphs: Gephi

Rich interactives: d3

http://bit.ly/ggftabs, http://bit.ly/cartodb, http://bit.ly/tabpublc

http://bit.ly/qlkview, http://bit.ly/datawrpr, http://bit.ly/ggcharts

http://bit.ly/infgrm, http://bit.ly/vizapps
Visualisation
It's expected of academics, why not of journalists?

The Spirit Level

The minimum: correlation vs causation, significance

Advanced: regression, modeling, Bayes

Tools: Statwing, R

http://bit.ly/sprtlvl

http://bit.ly/sttwing

http://bit.ly/rstat
Statistics
Not essential, but significantly advantageous

Generalist vs specialist

Learning to code: Codeacademy, School of Data

http://bit.ly/schldata

http://bit.ly/cdacdmy
Coding
Data Journalism
What is data journalism?
Why is it important?
What is in the data journalist's toolkit?
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