Simon Rogers: 'Data journalism is the new punk'

Guardian

Simon Rogers is testing a new metaphor: Data journalism is like punk music — anyone can do it. Punk music signified a "DIY ethos," he writes, "encouraging kids in the suburbs to take up instruments, with little or no musical training." The instructions for creating punk music were simple: "This is a chord … this is another … this is a third. NOW FORM A BAND." Using that model, Rogers writes:

Would this work?



1) This is a dataset



2) Here's another



3) Here are some free tools



NOW BE A DATA JOURNALIST

Read on for the discussion that ensues.



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    Jeff Sonderman

    Jeff Sonderman is the deputy director of the American Press Institute, helping to lead its use of research, tools, events, and strategic insights to advance and sustain journalism.

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