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@pandaproject, a newsroom data app that provides a place to store, search and share data

  KNIGHT FOUNDATION BLOG   Brian Boyer, news applications editor at the Chicago Tribune, describes PANDA in a video by Jon Vidar. Earlier this month PANDA, which helps news organizations better use public information by creating new software that cleans up and helps analyze it, went beta. Users can now test PANDA Project Alpha and give feedback on how it’s doing. Above, Brian Boyer describes the project’s latest developments. Boyer is news applications editor at the Chicago Tribune, where he was the 2010 employee of the year. Read On

Manual on Excel for data journalists

  DATA DRIVEN JOURNALISM    The Centre for Investigative Journalism came out with a handbook this year for journalists who want to master the art of interrogating and questioning numbers competently. Being able to work with figures and investigate numbers is not a new form of journalism but a skill that all journalists can acquire. The handbook, entitled Data Journalism or Computer Assisted Reporting (CAR), focuses on an essential tool in a data journalist’s tool belt, the spread sheet.    Read On

Correlation or Causation?

BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK – By Vali Chandrasekaran Need to prove something you already believe? Statistics are easy: All you need are two graphs and a leading question Correlation may not imply causation, but it sure can help us insinuate it. Read On

Tool of the week for journalists – Playground, to monitor social media analytics

Tool of the week: Playground, by PeopleBrowsr. This post was first published on Journalism.co.uk What is it? A social analytics platform which contains over 1,000 days of tweets (all 70 billion of them), Facebook activity and blog posts. How is it of use to journalists? “Journalists can easily develop real-time insights into any story from Playground,” PeopleBrowsr UK CEO Andrew Grill explains. Complex keyword searches can be divided by user influence, geolocation, sentiment, and virtual communities of people with shared interests and affinities. These features – and many more – let reporters and researchers easily drill down to find the people and content driving the conversation on social networks on any subject. Playground lets... Read On

Why journalists should hang out with hackers

  JOURNOMEL.COM: By Mel C Editor’s note: I thought this blog post made a really good point: journalists and hackers should hang out together more. So I decided to share it with you. You can read the full article on Journomel.com. First confesstion: I’m not very good with numbers and I don’t know how to program in Linux, so I’m naturally fearful of the super computer-savvy. Second confession: my impression of a hacker had largely been shaped by a really mediocre 1990′s movie. Great soundtrack, but no way could I do what these folks were doing. Fast forward 16 years and I’m a convert. Partnering with hackers is a natural fit: as... Read On

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