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The BBC’s Shared Data Unit

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Presentation by Pete Sherlock at the Data Journalism UK conference, Salford, UK, May 2019

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The BBC’s Shared Data Unit

  1. 1. The BBC’s Shared Data Unit @petesherlock79 #
  2. 2. LOCAL NEWS PARTNERSHIPS ● Democracy Reporters ● News Hub ● Shared Data Unit
  3. 3. Matthew Barraclough Head of Local News Partnerships Eileen Murphy Executive Editor, Digital England Ede Ebohon Procurement Manager Jason Gibbins Assistant Editor Alex Homer Data journalist Victoria Prest Journalist Pete Sherlock SDU Assistant editor Bhavini Mistry Team Assistant
  4. 4. Technical skills Information asymmetry Time and resources SDU
  5. 5. 82% 20 visits or fewer 18 datasets had no visits
  6. 6. 93% 20 visits or fewer 500 datasets with just one visit
  7. 7. Technical skills Information asymmetry Time and resources SDU
  8. 8. BE OPEN TO WHERE THE PARTNERSHIP TAKES YOU
  9. 9. My secondment at the SDU has been one of the highlights of my career so far Claire Wilde Head of investigations, JPI Media
  10. 10. Aimee Stanton Data reporter, JPI Media Whether you’re already an Excel whizz or a newbie, the SDU secondment is a fantastic and unique opportunity to learn some essential investigative journalism skills
  11. 11. It felt like being back at university again and reignited my sense of purpose as a journalist Vicky Gayle Data team, Newsquest
  12. 12. Technical skills Information asymmetry Time and resources SDU
  13. 13. NormaliseSource Clean Expert comment National picture Case studies
  14. 14. “Collaborative journalism is now being practised on a scale that constitutes a revolution. “While lessons are still being learned, collaborative journalism has evolved from experiment to common practice.” Sarah Stonebely, Centre for Co-operative media
  15. 15. COLLABORATION BECOMING MAINSTREAM
  16. 16. Technical skills Information asymmetry Time and resources SDU
  17. 17. SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIPS FULFILL A NEED ON BOTH SIDES
  18. 18. The BBC’s Shared Data Unit @petesherlock79 #
  19. 19. YOU CAN WORK TOGETHER AND MAINTAIN AUTONOMY
  20. 20. We can’t blame the authorities...

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