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Data and programming
as part of your journalistic core --
not just add-ons
Greg Linch
Data Developer
McClatchy DC
greglinc...
not just add-ons
Raise your hand if you have
journalists that specialize in...
● data
● programming
● visualization
Data
● obtain
● analyze
● present
Programming
● building websites
● designing web pages
● making widget
Typical uses
Both as the
core
of reporting
Programming as
a reporting tool
Analyzing algorithms
Presentation
What can we make with data in addition to…?
● Visualizations
● Databases
Automatization
Quakebot
“Quakebot is a system that accepts USGS
earthquake notification emails, analyses
them for relevance, and creates ...
Personalization
Explorable Explanations
“An active reader asks questions, considers alternatives,
questions assumptions, and even question...
Structured reporting
How can we do this?!
● Make friends with a programmer in your organization
● Self-learning
● Training
● Hiring
○ newsnerdj...
General resources
● NICAR-L
● Data Journalism
Handbook
● Hacks / Hackers
Programming and data are not magic
And they’re not just add-ons
They should be first-class elements of
journalism
Much more is possible
Use these as examples
But look
outside of journalism
for
inspiration
Invent your own new form!
Thanks!
@greglinch
greglinch [at] gmail [dot] com
greglinch.com
GDA 2015 presentation: Data and programming as part of your journalistic core --  not just add-ons (en)
GDA 2015 presentation: Data and programming as part of your journalistic core --  not just add-ons (en)
GDA 2015 presentation: Data and programming as part of your journalistic core --  not just add-ons (en)
GDA 2015 presentation: Data and programming as part of your journalistic core --  not just add-ons (en)
GDA 2015 presentation: Data and programming as part of your journalistic core --  not just add-ons (en)
GDA 2015 presentation: Data and programming as part of your journalistic core --  not just add-ons (en)
GDA 2015 presentation: Data and programming as part of your journalistic core --  not just add-ons (en)
GDA 2015 presentation: Data and programming as part of your journalistic core --  not just add-ons (en)
GDA 2015 presentation: Data and programming as part of your journalistic core --  not just add-ons (en)
GDA 2015 presentation: Data and programming as part of your journalistic core --  not just add-ons (en)
GDA 2015 presentation: Data and programming as part of your journalistic core --  not just add-ons (en)
GDA 2015 presentation: Data and programming as part of your journalistic core --  not just add-ons (en)
GDA 2015 presentation: Data and programming as part of your journalistic core --  not just add-ons (en)
GDA 2015 presentation: Data and programming as part of your journalistic core --  not just add-ons (en)
GDA 2015 presentation: Data and programming as part of your journalistic core --  not just add-ons (en)
GDA 2015 presentation: Data and programming as part of your journalistic core --  not just add-ons (en)
GDA 2015 presentation: Data and programming as part of your journalistic core --  not just add-ons (en)
GDA 2015 presentation: Data and programming as part of your journalistic core --  not just add-ons (en)
GDA 2015 presentation: Data and programming as part of your journalistic core --  not just add-ons (en)
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GDA 2015 presentation: Data and programming as part of your journalistic core -- not just add-ons (en)

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Presented by Greg Linch to the Grupo de Diarios América (American Group of Daily Newspapers) seminar in Buenos Aires on Nov. 4, 2015.

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GDA 2015 presentation: Data and programming as part of your journalistic core -- not just add-ons (en)

  1. 1. Data and programming as part of your journalistic core -- not just add-ons Greg Linch Data Developer McClatchy DC greglinch.com @greglinch
  2. 2. not just add-ons
  3. 3. Raise your hand if you have journalists that specialize in... ● data ● programming ● visualization
  4. 4. Data ● obtain ● analyze ● present Programming ● building websites ● designing web pages ● making widget Typical uses
  5. 5. Both as the core of reporting
  6. 6. Programming as a reporting tool
  7. 7. Analyzing algorithms
  8. 8. Presentation
  9. 9. What can we make with data in addition to…? ● Visualizations ● Databases
  10. 10. Automatization
  11. 11. Quakebot “Quakebot is a system that accepts USGS earthquake notification emails, analyses them for relevance, and creates an alert and LA Now blog post.” - Ken Schwencke
  12. 12. Personalization
  13. 13. Explorable Explanations “An active reader asks questions, considers alternatives, questions assumptions, and even questions the trustworthiness of the author. An active reader tries to generalize specific examples, and devise specific examples for generalities. An active reader doesn't passively sponge up information, but uses the author's argument as a springboard for critical thought and deep understanding.” - Bret Victor (http://worrydream.com/ExplorableExplanations)
  14. 14. Structured reporting
  15. 15. How can we do this?! ● Make friends with a programmer in your organization ● Self-learning ● Training ● Hiring ○ newsnerdjobs.com ○ Source ● Partner with universities ○ ex: Washington Post scholarship for prorgammers at Medill ● Internships ● Fellowships ○ ex: Knight-Mozilla OpenNews
  16. 16. General resources ● NICAR-L ● Data Journalism Handbook ● Hacks / Hackers
  17. 17. Programming and data are not magic
  18. 18. And they’re not just add-ons
  19. 19. They should be first-class elements of journalism
  20. 20. Much more is possible
  21. 21. Use these as examples
  22. 22. But look outside of journalism for inspiration
  23. 23. Invent your own new form!
  24. 24. Thanks! @greglinch greglinch [at] gmail [dot] com greglinch.com

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