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Three tips for newspapers getting started in data journalism To cultivate a loyal audience in today's media environment, newspapers must do more than simply churn out stories. Editors and their newsrooms should create usable products, like data-driven news and information tools, to serve their readers, said Knight International Journalism Fellow Justin Arenstein at the World Editors Forum in Bangkok during his master's class for editors. Data journalism is “no longer just entertainment and no longer just voyeurism but creating decision-making tools based on news reporting,” said Arenstein, according to the International News Media Association (INMA). Here are a few tips for newspapers getting started with data journalism, gleaned from INMA's summary of the session:
Knight Foundation finance ScraperWiki for journalism ScraperWiki is the place to work together on data, and it is particularly useful for journalism. We are therefore very pleased to announce that ScraperWiki has won the Knight News Challenge! The Knight Foundation are spending $280,000 over 2 years for us to improve ScraperWiki as a platform for journalists, and to run events to bring together journalists and programmers across the United States. America has trailblazing organisations that do data and journalism well already – for example, both ProPublica and the Chicago Tribune have excellent data centers to support their news content. Our aim is to lower the barrier to entry into data driven journalism and to create (an order of magnitude) more of this type of success.
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. 5 Awesome Free Data Analysis Tools: Extract, Clean, and Share Your Data 05.01.2016 by Marisa Krystian Data analysis is the process of cleaning, inspecting, transforming, and modeling data in order to uncover useful information. Data analysis can be tricky! But, with these five free online tools, you’ll be able to clean up, search, share, extract, and convert data with ease. Mr. Data Converter
Hub - Find, grab and organize all kinds of data and media from online sources. OutWit Hub Light is free and fully operational, but doesn’t include the automation features and limits the extraction to one or few hundred rows, depending on the extractor. When purchasing the Pro version, you will receive a key to remove these limitations and unlock all advanced features. Buy Now. Visual Literacy in an Age of Data Statistician Hans Rosling inserts himself into charts during a TED talk and creates a narrative around the data. Shazna Nessa explains visual literacy and why it’s critical for data visualizers to take it seriously. It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. —Henry David Thoreau Data visualization work in journalism has been flourishing over the past few years both to find and analyze data for investigative purposes and to present information to the public. I have spent over a decade in newsrooms, first making interactive graphics myself and then overhauling and overseeing graphics, interactive, and multimedia teams.
Six ventures bring data to the public as winners of Knight News Challenge Watch the winners present their projects via web stream at 1 p.m. PDT/ 4 p.m. EDT Saturday Sept. 22 here. The Best Data Mining Tools You Can Use for Free in Your Company Data mining or “Knowledge Discovery in Databases” is the process of discovering patterns in large data sets with artificial intelligence, machine learning, statistics, and database systems. The overall goal of a data mining process is to extract information from a data set and transform it into an understandable structure for further use. Here is a simple but fascinating example of how data mining helped dissipate wrong assumptions and conclusions about girls, and take action with tremendous social impact. For long time, the high rate of dropout of girls in schools in developing countries were explained with sociological and cultural hypothesis: girls are not encouraged by indigenous societies, parents treat girls differently, girls are pushed to get married earlier or loaded with much more work than boys. Some others using economic theories, speculated that girls education is not seen by those societies as a good investment. 1.