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In order to display three-dimensional world we live in, journalists are forced to distort reality. And every map does so in its own way. Maarten Lambrechts looks at commonly used maps and how to avoid being misled by them.

Spreadsheets for journalism

Many journalists see themselves as “word people” and shy away from writing about numbers. Brant Houston shows how to embrace math with an overview of spreadsheets and functions for beginners.

Putting data back into context

Data are never neutral ‘givens’, but always situated in a particular context, collected for a particular reason -- and it’s crucial that data journalists understand these.

Data journalism on the blockchain

When we talk about blockchain and journalism, the focus is often on trust and sustainability. But the technology also opens up a whole new world of data for journalists to explore.

The essential lies in news maps

In order to display three-dimensional world we live in, journalists are forced to distort reality. And every map does so in its own way. Maarten Lambrechts looks at commonly used maps and how to avoid being misled by them.

West Africa Leaks

Over several months, an investigation team poured over 27.5 million documents to reveal how Africa's elites hide billions offshore. Did these documents ever mislead them? How did they verify? Will Fitzgibbon and Daniela Lepiz answer your questions.

9 questions about the World Cup, and how data journalists answered them

The 2018 World Cup might be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the data journalism that it inspired. We collated a full roundup of data journalism that dissected, predicted, and queried the World Cup.

Putting data back into context

Data are never neutral ‘givens’, but always situated in a particular context, collected for a particular reason -- and it’s crucial that data journalists understand these.

The essential lies in news maps

In order to display three-dimensional world we live in, journalists are forced to distort reality. And every map does so in its own way. Maarten Lambrechts looks at commonly used maps and how to avoid being misled by them.

Spreadsheets for journalism

Many journalists see themselves as “word people” and shy away from writing about numbers. Brant Houston shows how to embrace math with an overview of spreadsheets and functions for beginners.

Data journalism on the blockchain

When we talk about blockchain and journalism, the focus is often on trust and sustainability. But the technology also opens up a whole new world of data for journalists to explore.

Reinventing news values for data journalism and ‘clickstream culture’

From audience metrics, to spreadsheets and databases hoovered up during news-gathering, Dick Murray looks at how the explosion of data in journalism affects the news.

Get curious about data

Where does data come from? What can journalists do with it? And what happens once they're done with it? Jonathan Stray explores these questions and more.

Putting data back into context

Data are never neutral ‘givens’, but always situated in a particular context, collected for a particular reason -- and it’s crucial that data journalists understand these.

The essential lies in news maps

In order to display three-dimensional world we live in, journalists are forced to distort reality. And every map does so in its own way. Maarten Lambrechts looks at commonly used maps and how to avoid being misled by them.

Spreadsheets for journalism

Many journalists see themselves as “word people” and shy away from writing about numbers. Brant Houston shows how to embrace math with an overview of spreadsheets and functions for beginners.

Data journalism on the blockchain

When we talk about blockchain and journalism, the focus is often on trust and sustainability. But the technology also opens up a whole new world of data for journalists to explore.

What is a ‘data state of mind’? And how you can develop it

With a 'data state of mind', you can start producing stories right away -- even if you barely know your way around a spreadsheet.

What is the best way for journalists to learn D3.js?

The ability to create interactive visualisations is a widely sought skill in newsrooms. But non-coding journalists often feel nervous getting started. Scott Murray provides valuable advice on learning D3.js and when to expect productivity.

Data Journalism Handbooks

The Data Journalism Handbook 2

Towards a Critical Data Practice

What is data journalism? What is it for? What might it do? What opportunities and limitations does it present? Who and what is involved in making and making sense of it?

The new edition of the Data Journalism Handbook explores new and innovative ways in which data is analysed, created and used in the context of journalism. And beyond that: it also reflects on the social, cultural, political and economic circumstances in which data journalism is embedded.

The Data Journalism Handbook 1

How Journalists Can Use Data to Improve the News

When you combine the sheer scale and range of digital information now available with a journalist’s "nose for news" and her ability to tell a compelling story, a new world of possibility opens up. Explore the potential, limits, and applied uses of this new and fascinating field.

This valuable handbook has attracted scores of contributors since the European Journalism Centre and the Open Knowledge Foundation launched the project at MozFest 2011. Through a collection of tips and techniques from leading journalists, professors, software developers, and data analysts, you’ll learn how data can be either the source of data journalism or a tool with which the story is told—or both.

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April 2019

Issue #24: Let's talk data vis

We spoke to our Data Journalism Handbook 2 authors about data visualisation trends and challenges for newsrooms.

April 2019

Issue #23: DataJournalism.com

This special edition of Conversations with Data introduces you to the EJC's brand-new hub for data journalism - DataJournalism.com! We show you how to use this online learning space to read, watch, and discuss everything data.

March 2019

Issue #22: Why we love journalistic databases

Databases can be so much more than just a place to find stories. Why not make a database the story? To showcase their storytelling power, we looked at 7 of the community's favourite examples of journalistic databases.

March 2019

Issue #21: Data journalism in the post-truth world

Unfortunately for data journalists, it’s easy for our arsenal of numbers and statistics to aid various untruths. In this edition, First Draft answers your questions on tackling information disorder.

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