Troy Thibodeaux


Troy Thibodeaux is editor for newsroom innovation at the Associated Press. Based in New Orleans, Troy works with reporters and editors, designers and developers throughout AP to tell visual and textual stories with data. Before joining AP, he worked at the intersection of technology and the newsroom for Advance Internet, where he was part of the team that produced coverage of Hurricane Katrina for and the Times Picayune, which received the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting and Public Service. In past lives, he has been a magazine editor, travel writer and English teacher.


10 tools that can help data journalists do better work, be more efficient

It’s hard to be equally good at all of the tasks that fall under data journalism. To make matters worse (or better, really), data journalists are discovering and applying new methods and tools all the time.

As a beginning data journalist, you’ll want to develop a sense of the tools others are using to do the work you admire. You won’t be able to learn them all at once, and you shouldn’t try. You should, however, develop a sort of ambient awareness of the tools in use (something like the knowledge Facebook gives you about the lives of your high-school classmates). Keep a list of tools to check out. Watch the demos and browse the documentation or code. Then, when your projects create the need, you’ll remember enough to get you started. Read more


5 tips for getting started in data journalism

Data journalist. Computer-assisted reporter. Newsroom developer. Journo-geek. If those of us who work in the field aren’t quite sure what to call ourselves, it’s little wonder that sometimes even the people who work beside us are puzzled by what we do. Part of the confusion (and one reason for all the competing labels) lies in the sheer variety of tasks that can fall under this heading. We may be fairly sure that some jobs lie within the boundaries of data journalism, but we’d be hard-pressed to say what can’t be jumbled into this baggy monster of a field.

In its current state, data journalism describes neither a beat nor a particular medium (unlike photo journalism or video journalism), but rather an overlapping set of competencies drawn from disparate fields. Read more