Data journalism, robots … and predictions on where we go from here

  At Google’s latest Digital News Initiative conference, held in Amsterdam last week, there were plenty of ideas being discussed around what the future of news looked like. The DNI involves Google investing millions of pounds in projects put forward by media organisations large and small from across Europe, which could help shape the futureContinue reading “Data journalism, robots … and predictions on where we go from here”

Making the global local: Applying data journalism to bring stories closer to home

There has been a lot of coverage of the anniversary of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Long argued to have been the event which brought about the end for the Second World War, but also an event which killed tens of thousands of innocent people. The Guardian’s look back at how the ‘Manchester Guardian’Continue reading “Making the global local: Applying data journalism to bring stories closer to home”

Data Journalism: If a picture is worth 1,000 words, how many is a good data visualisation worth?

Like most developments in journalism, there are those who still prefer to sneer or snark about data journalism. But there’s no denying that a) it’s here to stay and b) it’s an incredibly valuable tool which every newsroom should seek to invest effort into. This week brought news of the latest local government finance settlement.Continue reading “Data Journalism: If a picture is worth 1,000 words, how many is a good data visualisation worth?”

The three parts required for the whole story (infographic)

This morning on Five Live Investigates – arguably one of the most under-rated shows dedicated to investigative journalism around – I had a bit of an epiphany. ¬†The result of that epiphany is the infographic I’ve tried to create above (click on it to see a larger version). On today’s show, presenter Adrian Goldberg¬†covered theContinue reading “The three parts required for the whole story (infographic)”

2 stories, 126 years apart: Why data should be at the heart of every newsroom

Last year, the Accrington Observer, a weekly newspaper in the town which has long since tired of hearing the old milk advert references, marked it’s 125th anniversary by republishing it’s very first newspaper: It makes for a fascinating read – both in terms of what the founders of the paper thought would interest their readers,Continue reading “2 stories, 126 years apart: Why data should be at the heart of every newsroom”

Proof that understanding how to bring a story to life is essential for data journalism

I’m sure we’ve all seen stories about the rising number of children living in poverty. One of the challenges for regional newspapers is to make a story like this compelling – after all, it’s an issue which many might sympathise with, but may not want to read about. That’s why I think this front pageContinue reading “Proof that understanding how to bring a story to life is essential for data journalism”

Top 10 most read journalism posts of 2011 on this blog

When I first started this blog, I was determined that it wouldn’t just be my opinion on stuff, or rants about stuff, either.
I’m not sure how well I’ve done in achieving that aim – but going through the most read posts of 2011 (I’ve done a separate list of FOI posts here):

Data: What ingredients make for a good Christmas Eve front page?

It’s a tradition few outside a newsroom will have ever heard of: The battle to get the Christmas Eve front page. Unlike any other day when sales can be expected to be lower (lets face it, it’s pretty much a ninth bank holiday now), in every newsroom I’ve worked in, getting the Christmas Eve frontContinue reading “Data: What ingredients make for a good Christmas Eve front page?”

Open data? Why the BBC had to use FOI to get data which was once published freely every week

The BBC today led several of its programmes with a news story which will be familiar to many local journalists: The delays ambulances encounter when they get to hospitals. It’s not a new story. The problem has been identified across the country time and again for years. As far back as 2007, the Manchester EveningContinue reading “Open data? Why the BBC had to use FOI to get data which was once published freely every week”

Data journalism combines with investigative journalism to leave an elusive MP with questions to answer

What’s the best way to rate an MP’s performance on behalf of his or her constituents? The number of times they have voted in parliament is one way, as is the number of times they’ve stood up and spoken in parliament. But most MPs, when faced with such data (if not positive about them) wouldContinue reading “Data journalism combines with investigative journalism to leave an elusive MP with questions to answer”