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”

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”

DATA: Where are we?

Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at the Futureeverything conference in Manchester about data journalism. I was on a panel with three people who are been right at the forefront of datajournalism, which rather begged the question as to what I could add. Those three were Paul Bradshaw,  Chris TaggartContinue reading “DATA: Where are we?”

“Actionable news”: A dull phrase, but one which should shape what we do

If you were presented with the following three news stories: The promotion of Newcastle United to the Premier League, the death of Raoul Moat after a week on the run, or a story which revealed which restaurants were Newcastle’s dirtiest – which would you expect to be the most viewed online this year? In theContinue reading ““Actionable news”: A dull phrase, but one which should shape what we do”