Articles about "Data-driven journalism"


NYT launches ‘The Upshot,’ its data-driven news-explainer thing

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The Upshot, a new data-driven New York Times publication, launched Tuesday. It aims to help readers "better navigate the news," the Times says in a press release. The site "will focus on politics, policy and economics, with a particular emphasis on the 2014 elections, the state of the economy, economic mobility and health care."

Its staff believes "many people don’t understand the news as well as they would like," Upshot Editor David Leonhardt writes in a welcome note, and those people would like to be able to "explain the whys and hows of those stories to their friends, relatives and colleagues."

The Upshot will rely on data to "illuminate and explain the news," Leonhardt writes, and its first-day stories include a model that projects Democrats' chances to keep control of the U.S. Senate and another that says the United States' middle class is now less wealthy than Canada's.

The Upshot joins a suddenly bustling market of publications that hope to bring context to the news, including Vox ("explaining the news") and FiveThirtyEight ("we hope to contribute to your understanding of the news in a variety of ways").

Previously: NYT names new D.C. bureau chief, plans two ‘newsroom start ups’ | NYT’s Leonhardt: The Upshot staff will ‘serve as navigators for the news’
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L.A. Times reporter talks about his story-writing ‘Quakebot’

Ken Schwencke's early story about the earthquake that affected Los Angeles Monday morning bears an unusual note:
This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.

Reached by phone, Schwencke said he began working on the algorithm, which he calls Quakebot, after the 2011 earthquake in Japan. "Living in a seismically active place ourselves, I started playing with using the USGS data feeds," he said. The U.S. Geological Survey has a "wonderful data notification service which sends out emails," Schwenke said. (more...)
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Beware sloppiness when reporting on surveys

There is an old saying that figures don’t lie but liars figure. That’s a good thing to keep in mind when examining how some companies market the results of surveys.

OK, perhaps lying is too strong a term, but I’ve … Read more

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PoynterVision: how journalists can work with coders on projects

Understanding enough code for journalists to communicate with developers still isn’t enough, says Robert Hernandez, digital journalism professor at USC Annenberg and Poynter adjunct faculty. Watch the video to see what Hernandez recommends to help journalists work successfully with developers … Read more

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At Circa, it’s not about ‘chunkifying’ news but adding structure

You sometimes hear what we do at Circa described as “chunkifying” — taking the news and presenting it in mobile-friendly chunks. And while on the surface this observation is correct, it misses the bigger picture.

Yes, each “point” of Circa … Read more

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PoynterVision: For Journalism teaches journos to code

Dave Stanton introduces For Journalism, a platform aiming to equip journalists with technical skills to succeed in data journalism jobs.

Stanton, ringleader of the Kickstarter-backed project, and a stellar team of working journalists including those from NPR, ProPublica … Read more

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Migrahack brings together journalists, programmers and community

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Immigration stories usually have numbers. But immigration numbers have stories of their own. Many journalists work with these numbers — they gather them, use them and report them. But while the numbers get told, the stories behind them … Read more

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What students need to know about code and data viz

A stunning amount of data is available to journalists these days, and it is growing exponentially. Not surprisingly, the need for data journalists is expanding as well.

Data-driven journalism is a diverse field that involves interpreting data, developing programming code, … Read more

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PoynterVision: Create a data résumé

More important than a résumé is a strong digital presence to land a job in data journalism, be it interactive news, data visualizations or news applications. Matt Waite, journalism professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, offers insight into what you need … Read more

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Matt Waite talks about the value of data skills in hiring.

PoynterVision: Newsrooms fight for data talent

While layoffs continue to deplete traditional newsrooms, reporters with skills in data journalism are being snatched up by news organizations, Matt Waite, journalism professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, told Poynter. In fact, news outlets have new competitors vying for the … Read more

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