A useful video for data journalism students
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A short post this time, but I just wanted to share a video that I have found particularly useful with you. It’s from the BBC’s College of Journalism website, and is a recording of a Frontline club discussion on the importance of data journalism.
I know it’s from 2010, but a lot of the points are still relevant and it is an interesting dissection of why all this matters, and contains some good analyses of the skills and techniques you need to make it as a data journalist. I’ve included the bios of the speakers from the site below.
- Simon Rogers, news editor (data) at the Guardian
and editor of Guardian.co.uk’s Datablog, played a key role in turning some of the 90,000 documents given to Wikileaks into graphics and interactive charts. Read this fascinating article
by Simon on how he did it.
- David McCandless, writer, designer and author of Information is Beautiful
, which “explores the potential of data visualisation as a new direction for journalists and storytelling”.
- Julian Burgess, programmer and editorial developer at the Times, who talked about using data in a practical newsroom environment and how journalists can add a real-time dimension to their work.
- Michael Blastland
, journalist and creator of BBC Radio 4′s More or Less
programme. Michael spoke about how to use official sources and data and make sure you’re getting the real story behind the figures.
A useful video for data journalism students,