Articles about "Data-driven journalism"

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Government shutdown closes websites, affecting data journalists

Tourists, leaf-peepers and rambunctious World War II veterans weren't the only people inconvenienced by the partial government shutdown that began Tuesday: Journalists who deal with government data found themselves in a tough spot when they couldn't download files or pull the most up-to-date data for their projects.

On Investigative Reporters and Editors' NICAR Listserv, where data journalists often seek help from their peers, many scratched their heads about why the government shut down its websites and tried to come up with ways to circumvent the blocks.

Matt Stiles, a data journalist at NPR, wrote in an email to Poynter that he needed diversity index scores for each Census tract in the country when he discovered the Census Bureau closed up shop for the day: (more...)
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IRE’s Horvit: To be an effective reporter, get more comfortable with data

Mark Horvit, executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), recently shared his thoughts on how data has changed investigative reporting and how IRE fits into the future of journalism.

IRE partnered with Poynter to run a week-long program on … Read more

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Online course shows impact, importance of data-driven journalism

People don’t call it big data for nothing. Data are “big” because we’re dealing with millions (billions in the near future) of observations. It’s also big among journalists because data are a powerful storytelling tool.

Think Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog, … Read more

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Declassification Engine provides solution to processing declassified documents

At a time when “big data” is in vogue and computational journalism is taking off, reporters need efficient ways to process millions of documents. The Declassification Engine is one way to solve this problem. The project uses the … Read more


Government acts on health care costs, in part because of Time story

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will release a data file showing prices for inpatient services in 2011 at U.S. hospitals, Steven Brill reports. Brian Cook at the department's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services tells Brill the move "comes in part" because of Brill's article from March about health-care costs.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is also "offering $87 million to the states to create what she calls 'health-care-data-pricing centers,'" Brill writes.

The centers will make pricing transparency more local and user friendly than the giant data file she is releasing this morning.
Brill says the report "should become a tip sheet for reporters in every American city and town, who can now ask hospitals to explain their pricing." (more...)
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10 digital tools journalists can use to improve their reporting, storytelling

Digital tools help produce quality content online, but it can be tough figuring out where to start. Here are 10 online tools that can help improve journalists’ reporting and storytelling, and engage readers in multimedia.

Reporting resources: These tools can Read more

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How sensor journalism can help us create data, improve our storytelling

Data journalism, meet sensor journalism. You two should talk.

What’s sensor journalism? I’ll get to that. But first, let me tell you a story about bugs — and a pair of gadgets that sat for months in a box under … Read more


Programmers explain how to turn data into journalism & why that matters

By now you’ve heard about how The Journal News of Westchester County, N.Y., published the names and addresses of thousands of local gun permit holders.

And you’ve heard that many gun owners felt The Journal News was either insulting their … Read more


Knight News Challenge winner will make historical election data easily accessible

The winners of the latest Knight News Challenge announced today include a collaboration between developers at The New York Times and The Washington Post to create a free, comprehensive database of past U.S. election results.

New York Times interactive news … Read more


ONA winner highlights 5 ways to create interactives that inform & engage readers

Around the same time this summer that North Carolina voted to ban same-sex marriage, the Guardian published an interactive that showed just how differently each state defines gay rights.

The interactive displays information in ways that a traditional story … Read more

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