Journalism	
  in	
  an	
  Age	
  of	
  Big	
  Data	
  
What	
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  why	
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  ma8ers	
  and	
  where	
  to	
  s...
New	
  York	
  Times	
  Interac2ve	
  News	
  and	
  Graphics	
  team	
   Chicago	
  Tribune	
  News	
  Apps	
  team	
  
“...
WHAT	
  ARE	
  THE	
  PROMINENT	
  
EXAMPLES?	
  
Examples	
  
	
  
1.	
  PuPng	
  news	
  into	
  context	
  with	
  data	
  
h8p://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2012/...
“Most	
  of	
  what	
  we	
  do	
  is	
  this	
  kind	
  of	
  very	
  newsy,	
  quick	
  pieces	
  of	
  data	
  journali...
The	
  Guardian	
  Datablog:	
  
‘journalism	
  as	
  a	
  source	
  of	
  data’	
  	
  
2.	
  Data-­‐driven	
  invesYgaYve	
  journalism	
  
3.	
  News	
  apps	
  as	
  research	
  tools	
  
for	
  journalists	
  and	
  audiences	
  
h8p://projects.propublica.org...
WHY	
  DOES	
  DATA	
  JOURNALISM	
  
MATTER?	
  
“One	
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  most	
  important	
  quesRons	
  for	
  journalism’s	
  sustainability	
  will	
  be	
  
how	
  indiv...
1.	
  New	
  forms	
  of	
  gathering	
  informaYon,	
  new	
  forms	
  of	
  
knowledge	
  producYon,	
  new	
  forms	
  ...
"Nate	
  Silver	
  says	
  this	
  is	
  a	
  73.6	
  percent	
  chance	
  that	
  the	
  president	
  is	
  going	
  
to	...
“I	
  am	
  Nate	
  Silver,	
  Lord	
  and	
  God	
  of	
  the	
  Algorithm”	
  (Jon	
  Stewart,	
  2012)	
  
Geeks	
  vs....
New	
  forms	
  of	
  knowledge	
  
“Part	
  of	
  what	
  we’ve	
  been	
  trained,	
  as	
  a	
  society,	
  to	
  expec...
2.	
  Improving	
  the	
  democraYc	
  funcYon	
  of	
  the	
  media:	
  
-­‐  enhancing	
  journalisYc	
  objecYvity	
  
...
3.	
  PotenYal	
  for	
  the	
  media	
  as	
  a	
  business	
  
Why	
  does	
  it	
  ma8er?	
  
databases	
  comprise	
  75%	
  
of	
  overall	
  traffic	
  
Yme	
  on	
  page	
  substanYally	
  higher	
  than	
  
on	
  other	
  secYons	
  of	
  the	
  Guardian	
  
IS	
  DATA	
  JOURNALISM	
  NEW?	
  
Data	
  journalism	
  wasn’t	
  born	
  yesterday	
  
John	
  Snow’s	
  map	
  of	
  cholera	
  outbreaks	
  	
  
in	
  19th	
  century	
  London	
  
HOW	
  TO	
  DO	
  DATA	
  JOURNALISM	
  IF	
  YOU	
  
ARE	
  NOT	
  THE	
  NEW	
  YORK	
  TIMES?	
  
Apply	
  for	
  grants:	
  
journalismfund.eu	
  
journalismgrants.org	
  
h8p://www.journalismfund.eu/migrants-­‐files	
  
Find	
  a	
  media	
  partner	
  
h8p://quoi.info/wp-­‐content/uploads/
data_art/en/	
  
More	
  examples	
  of	
  data	
  journalism	
  in	
  small	
  newsrooms:	
  
globaleditorsnetwork.org/programmes/data-­‐j...
WHAT	
  SKILLS	
  DO	
  YOU	
  NEED?	
  
Source:	
  Cindy	
  Royal,	
  2013,	
  niemanlab.org	
  
Why	
  learn	
  these	
  skills?	
  	
  
“There	
  is	
  a	
  data	
  science	
  skills	
  gap	
  in	
  journalism.”	
  (A...
data	
  journalism	
  in	
  the	
  
newsroom	
  
Lone	
  
rangers:	
  
Guardian	
  
Datablog	
  
Two-­‐person	
  
team:	
 ...
WHERE	
  TO	
  START	
  
launched	
  in	
  2010.	
  
	
  
	
  
dedicated	
  to	
  acceleraYng	
  the	
  diffusion	
  and	
  
improving	
  the	
  qua...
datadrivenjournalism.net	
  
70+	
  authors	
  including:	
  the	
  New	
  York	
  Times,	
  the	
  
Australian	
  BroadcasYng	
  CorporaYon,	
  the	
 ...
datajournalismhandbook.org
School	
  of	
  Data	
  Journalism	
  
Europe’s	
  biggest	
  data	
  journalism	
  event	
  
	
  
	
  
300+	
  parYcipant...
Free	
  5-­‐week	
  online	
  introductory	
  course	
  
Instructors	
  and	
  advisors	
  from	
  the	
  New	
  York	
  T...
Module	
  1	
  -­‐	
  Data	
  journalism	
  in	
  the	
  newsroom	
  
Module	
  2	
  -­‐	
  Finding	
  data	
  to	
  suppo...
schoolofdata.org	
  
schoolofdata.org	
  
open.journalismcourses.org	
  
ire.org/nicar/	
  
Subscribe	
  to	
  a	
  mailing	
  list:	
  
ire.org/resource-­‐center/listservs/subscribe-­‐nicar-­‐l/	
  
datadrivenjour...
WEBSITE:	
  datadrivenjournalism.net	
  
BOOK:	
  datajournalismhandbook.org	
  
COURSE:	
  datajournalismcourse.net	
  	
...
How to get started with Data Journalism
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Journalists today are faced with an overwhelming abundance of data – from large collections of leaked documents, to public databases about lobbying or government spending, to ‘big data’ from social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. To stay relevant to society journalists are learning to process this data and separate signal from noise in order to provide valuable insights to their readers. This talk will address questions like: What is the potential of data journalism? Why is it relevant to society? And how can you get started?

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  1. 1. Journalism  in  an  Age  of  Big  Data   What  it  is,  why  it  ma8ers  and  where  to  start       Liliana  Bounegru   European  Journalism  Centre/  University  of  Amsterdam   University  of  Ghent/  University  of  Groningen   Web:  lilianabounegru.org   TwiAer:  @bb_liliana  
  2. 2. New  York  Times  Interac2ve  News  and  Graphics  team   Chicago  Tribune  News  Apps  team   “There  is  something  about  not  just  being  able  to  think  and  act  like  a  programmer  but  also  to  be  able  to   think  and  act  like  a  journalist,  which  is  quite  demanding.  […]  Newsrooms  are  crying  out  for  these   skills.”  (Emily  Bell,  Professor  &  Director,  Tow  Center  for  Digital  Journalism,  ‘Columbia  is  launching  a  new   post-­‐bac  program  to  breed  journalism  unicorns’,  Nieman  Lab,  2013)   Guardian  Interac2ve  Team   “Journalism  Unicorn”  
  3. 3. WHAT  ARE  THE  PROMINENT   EXAMPLES?  
  4. 4. Examples     1.  PuPng  news  into  context  with  data   h8p://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2012/oct/31/europe-­‐ unemployment-­‐rate-­‐by-­‐country-­‐eurozone  
  5. 5. “Most  of  what  we  do  is  this  kind  of  very  newsy,  quick  pieces  of  data  journalism,  that  are  based  around   stories  that  just  happen  to  be  in  the  news  that  day.    Every  news  story  has  some  data  behind  it  and  we’re  here   to  make  that  accessible  and  surface  it.”  (interview  with  Simon  Rogers,  6  September  2012)   The  Guardian  Datablog:   ‘journalism  as  a  source  of  data’    
  6. 6. The  Guardian  Datablog:   ‘journalism  as  a  source  of  data’    
  7. 7. 2.  Data-­‐driven  invesYgaYve  journalism  
  8. 8. 3.  News  apps  as  research  tools   for  journalists  and  audiences   h8p://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/  
  9. 9. WHY  DOES  DATA  JOURNALISM   MATTER?  
  10. 10. “One  of  the  most  important  quesRons  for  journalism’s  sustainability  will  be   how  individuals  and  organizaRons  respond  to  this  availability  of  data.”     (Emily  Bell,  Professor  &  Director,  Tow  Center  for  Digital  Journalism,  2012)     “Data-­‐driven  journalism  is  the  future.”   (Tim  Berners-­‐Lee,  founder  of  the  World  Wide  Web,  2012)       Why  does  it  ma8er?  
  11. 11. 1.  New  forms  of  gathering  informaYon,  new  forms  of   knowledge  producYon,  new  forms  of  presentaYon  and   disseminaYon  of  stories.     Why  does  it  ma8er?  
  12. 12. "Nate  Silver  says  this  is  a  73.6  percent  chance  that  the  president  is  going   to  win?  Nobody  in  that  campaign  thinks  they  have  a  73  percent  chance   —  they  think  they  have  a  50.1  percent  chance  of  winning.  And  you  talk   to  the  Romney  people,  it’s  the  same  thing.  .  .  .  Anybody  that  thinks  that   this  race  is  anything  but  a  toss-­‐up  right  now  is  such  an  ideologue,  they   should  be  kept  away  from  typewriters,  computers,  laptops  and   microphones  for  the  next  10  days,  because  they're  jokes."  (Joe   Scarborough,  MSNBC,  2012)     Geeks  vs.  pundits:  The  clash  of  two  epistemological  cultures  
  13. 13. “I  am  Nate  Silver,  Lord  and  God  of  the  Algorithm”  (Jon  Stewart,  2012)   Geeks  vs.  pundits:  The  clash  of  two  epistemological  cultures  
  14. 14. New  forms  of  knowledge   “Part  of  what  we’ve  been  trained,  as  a  society,  to  expect  out  of  the  Big  Deal   JournalisYc  Story  is  something  “new,”  something  we  didn’t  know   before.  Nixon  was  a  crook!  Osama  Bin  Laden  was  found  by  the  CIA  and  then   allowed  to  escape!  But  in  these  recent  stories,  it’s  not  the  presence  of   something  new,  but  the  ability  to  tease  a  paAern  out  of  a  lot  of  liAle  things   we  already  know  that’s  the  big  deal.  It’s  not  the  newsness  of  failure;  .  .  .  it’s   the  weight  of  failure.”   (C.W.  Anderson,  lead  researcher   Columbia  University  Graduate  School  of  Journalism,  2010)  
  15. 15. 2.  Improving  the  democraYc  funcYon  of  the  media:   -­‐  enhancing  journalisYc  objecYvity   -­‐  more  accountable  journalism   -­‐  more  efficient  journalism  workflows   -­‐  increasing  ciYzen  parYcipaYon  in  public  life   Why  does  it  ma8er?  
  16. 16. 3.  PotenYal  for  the  media  as  a  business   Why  does  it  ma8er?  
  17. 17. databases  comprise  75%   of  overall  traffic  
  18. 18. Yme  on  page  substanYally  higher  than   on  other  secYons  of  the  Guardian  
  19. 19. IS  DATA  JOURNALISM  NEW?  
  20. 20. Data  journalism  wasn’t  born  yesterday  
  21. 21. John  Snow’s  map  of  cholera  outbreaks     in  19th  century  London  
  22. 22. HOW  TO  DO  DATA  JOURNALISM  IF  YOU   ARE  NOT  THE  NEW  YORK  TIMES?  
  23. 23. Apply  for  grants:   journalismfund.eu   journalismgrants.org   h8p://www.journalismfund.eu/migrants-­‐files  
  24. 24. Find  a  media  partner   h8p://quoi.info/wp-­‐content/uploads/ data_art/en/  
  25. 25. More  examples  of  data  journalism  in  small  newsrooms:   globaleditorsnetwork.org/programmes/data-­‐journalism-­‐ awards/  
  26. 26. WHAT  SKILLS  DO  YOU  NEED?  
  27. 27. Source:  Cindy  Royal,  2013,  niemanlab.org  
  28. 28. Why  learn  these  skills?     “There  is  a  data  science  skills  gap  in  journalism.”  (Alex  Howard,  Tow  Center   report  “The  Art  and  Science  of  Data-­‐Driven  Journalism”,  2014)     “There  is  something  about  not  just  being  able  to  think  and  act  like  a  programmer   but  also  to  be  able  to  think  and  act  like  a  journalist,  which  is  quite  demanding.  […]   Newsrooms  are  crying  out  for  these  skills.”  (Emily  Bell,  Professor  &  Director,  Tow   Center  for  Digital  Journalism,  ‘Columbia  is  launching  a  new  post-­‐bac  program  to  breed   journalism  unicorns’,  Nieman  Lab,  2013)  
  29. 29. data  journalism  in  the   newsroom   Lone   rangers:   Guardian   Datablog   Two-­‐person   team:   Guardian  US     Small-­‐scale   team:   WNYC     Large  team:   New  York   Times   Source:  Simon  Rogers,  datajournalismcourse.net  
  30. 30. WHERE  TO  START  
  31. 31. launched  in  2010.       dedicated  to  acceleraYng  the  diffusion  and   improving  the  quality  of  data  journalism  around  the   world.       through  conferences,  training  courses,  manuals  and   community  building.     community  of  1.500+  journalists.  
  32. 32. datadrivenjournalism.net  
  33. 33. 70+  authors  including:  the  New  York  Times,  the   Australian  BroadcasYng  CorporaYon,  the  BBC,   the  Chicago  Tribune,  Deutsche  Welle,  the   Guardian,  the  Financial  Times,  La  Nacion,   ProPublica,  the  Washington  Post,  Zeit  Online     translated  into  Russian,  Spanish,   Georgian,  Ukrainian,  French,  Chinese,   Portuguese,  Greek,  Macedonian   (Arabic  coming  soon).   datajournalismhandbook.org  
  34. 34. datajournalismhandbook.org
  35. 35. School  of  Data  Journalism   Europe’s  biggest  data  journalism  event       300+  parYcipants       speakers  and  instructors  from    Reuters,  New  York   Times,  Spiegel,  Guardian,  Walter  Cronkite  School  of   Journalism.     datajournalismschool.net  
  36. 36. Free  5-­‐week  online  introductory  course   Instructors  and  advisors  from  the  New  York  Times,  Wired,   Twi8er,  Zeit  Online  and  others.   21.000+  parYcipants   datajournalismcourse.net  
  37. 37. Module  1  -­‐  Data  journalism  in  the  newsroom   Module  2  -­‐  Finding  data  to  support  stories   Module  3  -­‐  Finding  story  ideas  with  data  analysis   Module  4  -­‐  Dealing  with  messy  data   Module  5  -­‐  Telling  stories  with  visualisaYon   datajournalismcourse.net  
  38. 38. schoolofdata.org  
  39. 39. schoolofdata.org  
  40. 40. open.journalismcourses.org  
  41. 41. ire.org/nicar/  
  42. 42. Subscribe  to  a  mailing  list:   ire.org/resource-­‐center/listservs/subscribe-­‐nicar-­‐l/   datadrivenjournalism.net/mailinglist       Find  or  create  a  group  in  your  area:   hackshackers.com     CommuniYes  of  support  
  43. 43. WEBSITE:  datadrivenjournalism.net   BOOK:  datajournalismhandbook.org   COURSE:  datajournalismcourse.net     MAILING  LIST:  ejc.net/ddj-­‐list   TWITTER:  @ddjournalism         EMAIL:  bounegru@ejc.net     WEBSITE:  lilianabounegru.org   EMAIL:  liliana.bounegru@gmail.com   TWITTER:  @bb_liliana  
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