Love Wapping data journalism talk at BBC Data Day 20 January 2015

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This is the core of the presentation I gave to those who attended the BBC Data Day organised by the BBC College of Journalism. The aim of the day was to provide an overview of different approaches to data journalism.

My talk focussed on the work published on the Love Wapping (www.lovewapping.org) hyperlocal site relating to various issues related to Tower Hamlets council and the allocation of third-party funding.

Where relevant slides have a link to the original post in top right of header. Contact details on final screen.

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Love Wapping data journalism talk at BBC Data Day 20 January 2015

  1. 1. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 1 Love Wapping is "Nothing near to a national newspaper" www.lovewapping.org © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com “In  Rahman’s  defence,  Shahed  Ali,  the   Independent  councillor  for  Whitechapel   suggested  that  one  source  of  the  allega;ons,   local  blog  Love  Wapping,  “is  nothing  near  to   a  na;onal  newspaper”  and  that  people   should  not  believe  what  they  read.” East London Lines November 28 2013 http://bit.ly/1ygPsyF
  2. 2. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 2 The boring bit. Me. © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com Experience & Qualifications • 30 years in media (new & old) • 20+ years building web sites • Currently User Experience contractor • Trade press journalist and editor • Editorial photographer • BA Computing & Artificial Intelligence • MA Media Studies (Multimedia) • Love Wapping (www.lovewapping.org)
  3. 3. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 3 Tower Hamlets? Where's that then? © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com Here!
  4. 4. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 4 The East End of London © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com City of London CanaryWharf Tower Hamlets Greenwich Newham Hackney Southwark Lewisham Wapping!
  5. 5. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 5 Wapping. Home of the Waeppa © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com
  6. 6. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 6 The Smoking Gun. Guess what - there isn't one. © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com
  7. 7. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 7 03 November 2013 "Knock knock!" © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com JAN 2013 2014 2015 NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR JUN JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DECAPR MAYNOV http://bit.ly/19OB2vq
  8. 8. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 8 Down the rabbit hole. © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com JAN 2013 2014 2015 NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR JUN JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DECAPR MAY For  those  of  you  not  on  TwiEer  here  are  the  highlights   from  Ted  Jeory’s  live  coverage  of  the  Tower  Hamlets   Council  mee;ng  last  night.  It’s  amazing  what  a  real   journalist  can  do  with  a  TwiEer  account  and  a  phone   with  a  very  low  baEery. Storify: http://bit.ly/14WQPXd http://bit.ly/1oMwYiO NOV
  9. 9. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 9 Data journalism - the myth © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com
  10. 10. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 10 Data journalism - the reality © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com
  11. 11. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 11 Life = Excel © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com
  12. 12. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 12 FOI 9088 - With data... © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com JAN 2013 2014 2015 NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR JUN JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DECAPR MAY http://bit.ly/PopiXA APR
  13. 13. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 13 FOI 9087 - Without data.Why? © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com JAN 2013 2014 2015 NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR JUN JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DECAPR MAY http://bit.ly/PopiXA APR
  14. 14. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 14 FOI 9087 & 9088 Compared © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com JAN 2013 2014 2015 NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR JUN JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DECAPR MAY http://bit.ly/PopiXA APR
  15. 15. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 15 FOI 9087 & 9088 -The Missing Data © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com JAN 2013 2014 2015 NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR JUN JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DECAPR MAY http://bit.ly/PopiXA APR
  16. 16. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 16 FOI 9087 & 9088 Metadata compared © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com JAN 2013 2014 2015 NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR JUN JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DECAPR MAY http://bit.ly/PopiXA APR
  17. 17. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 17 Tower Hamlets Council payments to suppliers over £500 © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com JAN 2013 2014 2015 NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR JUN JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DECAPR MAY http://bit.ly/P5AXtv APR
  18. 18. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 18 Tower Hamlets grants funding – why the numbers don’t add up © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com JAN 2013 2014 2015 NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR JUN JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DECAPR MAY http://bit.ly/1myjzxB MAY FOI response 9088 said £2,970,644 Examination of Payment to Suppliers (P2S) data of the same organisations for the same period gives £11,819,745. A difference of £8,849,101. • £709,693 disparity between grants / funding stated in FOI 9088 and stated in Payments to Suppliers • Four payment records in FOI 9088 compared to 170 in Payments to Suppliers • Not possible to match payments stated in FOI 9088 to any transaction in Payments to Suppliers. • Osmani Trust is the only organisation mentioned in FOI 9088, Payments to Suppliers list the Osmani Trust, Osmani Development Trust and Osmani School • 20 different Expense Types in Payments to Suppliers • £29,733 paid on 20th March 2013 through several different Tower Hamlets 'channels' to Osmani Trust One example.
  19. 19. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 19 Sankey diagram of internal money flowsTower Hamlets council © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com JAN 2013 2014 2015 NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR JUN JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DECAPR MAY http://bit.ly/1kTbJHR MAY
  20. 20. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 20 Nine months later.You have found something. How to visualise? © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com OH. YES!
  21. 21. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 21 Not like this - just nasty. © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com NO!
  22. 22. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 22 And absolutely not like this - very nasty. © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com 0%# 5%# 10%# 15%# 20%# 25%# Bethnal#Green## Blackwall#&#Cubi8#Town## Bow#East# Bow#West## Bromley#North## Bromley#South## Canary#Wharf## Island#Gardens# Lansbury# Limehouse## Mile#End## Poplar## Shadwell# Spitalfields#&#Banglatown## St.#Dunstan's## St.#Katharine's#&#Wapping# St.#Peter's# Stepney#Green## Weavers## Whitechapel## Original#Bids# Officers#RecommendaSon# Members#Revision# Cabinet#RecommendaSon# Final#Grants# NO!
  23. 23. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 23 Maybe a nice bar chart? Simple is good. But black is often bad. © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com DULL!
  24. 24. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 24 Possibly something really simple then? © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com £0# £100,000# £200,000# £300,000# £400,000# £500,000# £600,000# £700,000# £800,000# £900,000# £1,000,000# Spitalfields#and#Banglatown# Whitechapel# Bethnal#Green#South# Limehouse# Blackwall#and#CubiH#Town#Ward# Bethnal#Green#North# Weavers# Shadwell# St.#Dunstan's#and#Stepney#Green# East#India#and#Lansbury# Mile#End#East# Mile#End#and#Globe#Town# St.#Katharine's#and#Wapping# BromleyTbyTBow# Bow#West# Bow#East# Millwall# CFBS# Community#Chest# Community#Events# MSG# All#pots# BORING!
  25. 25. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 25 Or something that tells the story at a glance. © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com JAN 2013 2014 2015 NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR JUN JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DECAPR MAY http://bit.ly/1DmdrNz OCT Millwall Bow East Bow West Bromley-by-Bow Mile End and Globe Town St. Dunstan's and Stepney Green Shadwell St. Katharine's and Wapping East India and Lansbury Blackwall and Cubitt Town Mile End East Weavers Bethnal Green North Limehouse Whitechapel Bethnal Green South Spitalfields and Banglatown ££ £ £ ££ ££ £££ ££ ££££££££ £££ £ £ £ ££ ££££££ £££ £ £ £ £££ £££££ £££ £ £ £££ ££££ ££ £ £ ££ ££££ ££ £ ££££££ ££ £ ££££ ££ £ ££££ ££ £££ ££ £££ ££ £££ £££ £££ £ ££ £ £ ££ £ £ ££ £ £ Electoral WardNumber of Residents in Ward Grant Amount Per Ward Resident 25,000 20,000 15,000 10,000 5,000 0 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 London Borough of Tower Hamlets - Grants Distribution lovewapping.org Mark Baynes @baynesmedia Sources Number of Residents in Ward ONS data://bit.ly/1wfwWTD Grant Amount Per Resident data://bit.ly/1nM8QAS
  26. 26. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 26 Compare your data findings to other datasets. © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com JAN 2013 2014 2015 NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR JUN JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DECAPR MAY http://bit.ly/1s4skLR NOV Percentage of children in poverty, Oct-Dec 2013 (after housing costs). Why End Child Poverty www.endchildpoverty.org.uk Index scores of overall notifiable offences per 1,000 daytime population (2012) MPS, Home Office, ONS, GLA London DataStore Percentage of working-age residents claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) or National Insurance Credits (2012). GLA London DataStore Number of residents in ward. ONS Census 2011. Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence v.2.0. Tower Hamlets Council grants distribution by electoral ward. Mainstream Grants, Community Chest, Community Events and Community Faith Buildings Support. www.lovewapping.org //bit.ly/1wfwWTD //bit.ly/1CR7tSL //bit.ly/Zs1lDa //bit.ly/1DmdrNz //bit.ly/1CR7tSL Sources Data links Millwall Bow East Bow West Bromley-by-Bow Mile End and Globe Town St. Dunstan's and Stepney Green Shadwell St. Katharine's and Wapping East India and Lansbury Blackwall and Cubitt Town Mile End East Weavers Bethnal Green North Limehouse Whitechapel Bethnal Green South Spitalfields and Banglatown Unemployment (%)Population (thousands) Electoral Ward Child Poverty (%)Child Poverty (%) Grants Distribution (%) Crime Rate (%) 0 5 10 15 20 25 0 5 10 15 20 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 0 50 100 150 200 250 TOWER HAMLETS GRANTS QUALITY OF LIFE INDICATORS COMPARED TO COUNCIL GRANTS DISTRIBUTION Mark Baynes @baynesmedia lovewapping.org
  27. 27. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 27 CartoDB is handy. Child Poverty by ward - Millwall © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com JAN 2013 2014 2015 NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR JUN JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DECAPR MAY http://bit.ly/1tzEMZC OCT
  28. 28. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 28 Child Poverty by ward - Spitalfields & Banglatown © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com JAN 2013 2014 2015 NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR JUN JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DECAPR MAY http://bit.ly/1tzEMZC OCT
  29. 29. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 29 Something I found by chance.An altered press release. © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com JAN 2013 2014 2015 NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR JUN JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DECAPR MAY http://bit.ly/1H41tux NOV
  30. 30. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 30 Data Journalism - Essential Geekery © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com Software Essentials • Excel (on a PC, not a Mac) • Refine • MySQL • Python • OmniGraffle (or equivalent) • Illustrator • Wordpress Investigate in a methodical manner Organise your work Pencil and paper are good Sketch lots Don’t trust online maps Walk the ground
  31. 31. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 31 Data Journalism -TopTips! © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com There is not always an app for that. (In fact there rarely is). What does your instinct tell you? Paper still matters Publish your data, publish your references Visualise data in the appropriate manner for your intended audience Check your data Check your data Check your data Don’t be intimidated
  32. 32. BBC Data Day Love Wapping 32 Stick with it. © 2015 Mark Baynes hello@baynesmedia.com @baynesmedia www.baynesmedia.com @lovewapping www.lovewapping.org

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