Data-driven journalism: Status and Outlook (Amsterdam, August 2010) #ddj

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This presentation was given on August 24, 2010 in Amsterdam at the "Data-driven Journalism" Roundtable, organized by the EJC (European Journalism Centre).

The presentation is meant to ask questions, not necessarily to give all the answers - I am very open to discuss and debate everything here.

The whole one-day event was just great - with participants such as Simon Rogers (Guardian Datablog), Alan McLean (New York Times), the great Tony Hirst (OUseful.info), Stefan Fichtel, Burt Hermann (Hacks/Hackers) and Stijn Debrouwere.

Other media companies present as speakers or guests: Times, Financial Times, ARD, dpa,... am doing injustice here by not listing everyone, but the list would simply be too long. The programme and speakers list of the day can be found here: http://datadrivenjournalism.net/

Many of them met for the first time - which was one of the main goals when we started this.

You can find more information and overview on these sites and platforms. If you are interested in working with data as a basis for reporting and storytelling, you can find more resources here:

http://datadrivenjournalism.net/

Join the group, if you want:
http://community.ejc.net/group/datadrivenjournalism
http://www.ejc.net/

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Data-driven journalism: Status and Outlook (Amsterdam, August 2010) #ddj

  1. 1. DATA-DRIVEN JOURNALISM FIVE WS (AND ONE H) AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ROUNDTABLE • A‘DAM • AUGUST 24, 2010 Mirko Lorenz • Information Architect
  2. 2. WELCOME! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL THE TIME?
  3. 3. THE NEXT 10 MINUTES STATUS OF DATA-DRIVEN JOURNALISM? MANY QUESTIONS, FEW ANWSERS YET ‣ Basics: Do we all mean the same? ‣ Debate: Where do we agree, where do we not agree? ‣ Future: What is the opportunity, what keeps us from doing it? ‣ Work: Which elements are missing from our discussions?
  4. 4. TODAY: WHAT IS THERE TO LEARN? DATA-DRIVEN JOURNALISM: JUST ANOTHER BUZZWORD OR A BIG OPPORTUNITY? MAIN GOALS TODAY: ‣ Experiences so far ‣ Examples of work ‣ Discussion & Debate Can we describe what is there to learn?
  5. 5. WHAT? DATA IN THE HOUSE ‣ DATA-DRIVEN JOURNALISM IS A WORKFLOW, WHERE DATA IS THE BASIS FOR ANALYSIS, VISUALIZATION AND STORYTELLING ‣ Foggy: Platforms, Tools, Formats, Business Models, Financing PAST FUTURE JOURNALIST ALWAYS WORKED WITH SOME USE DATA FOR GOOD/TRUE/ DATA, BUT TOOK A LOT FOR GRANTED COMPELLING REPORTING JOURNALISM EXTERNAL JOURNALISM FILTERED DATA DATA OPEN DATA NOT SO-OPEN DATA
  6. 6. WHAT? UNSOLVED QUESTIONS WHAT DDJ MIGHT BE ‣ How can the results of DDJ become really relevant? „Don‘t be the noise in the middle“ (Brian Storm, mediastorm) ‣ What insight are we looking for? Are we solving a puzzle or a mystery? (Gladwell on Enron) http://www.gladwell.com/2007/2007_01_08_a_secrets.html ‣ Do we understand our readers/users perception of the facts? Article: „How Facts backfire“, Boston.com http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2010/07/11/how_facts_backfire/
  7. 7. DATA-DRIVEN JOURNALISM = A PROCESS STORY VISUALIZE FILTER B LIC O PU DATA U ET VAL
  8. 8. WHY? JOURNALISM NEEDS A FUTURE ‣ THE OLD MODEL HAS FALLEN APART, CAN DDJ BE THE RESCUE? ‣ A SUGGESTION: ARE WE IN THE TRUST BUSINESS? BEING THERE WHEN PEOPLE MAKE IMPORTANT DESCISIONS? ‣ TRUSTABLE SERVICE, NO PRIVACY INVASION: BUYING A HOUSE, A CAR, AN INSURANCE,... ‣ ANALYZE PRESENT CHALLENES, IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES ‣ DETECT SCAMS AND FRAUD ‣ HELP MANAGEMENT/POLITICS TO DO THE RIGHT THING
  9. 9. FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES REDUCE TIME TO SEARCH MINIMIZE NEED TO REFORMAT ENABLE DECISIONS DETECT ANOMALIES EARLIER BE TRUSTABLE
  10. 10. HOW? How can we combine all the many pieces of this? Platforms ‣ Holovaty/EveryBlock --> Insights on how to structure our material better ‣ Mark-Down Editors, Metadata,... Data ‣ How could a tool stack for DDJ look like? Visualization ‣ A flood of creative examples, no platform Storytelling ‣ Give them something they will remember Business Models ‣ Subscription, Advertising, Sales ‣ How can DDJ offerings get to the top of a Google search? Training ‣ Journalists=programmers or groups of specialists?
  11. 11. WHO? CAN ALL JOURNALISTS DO THIS? ‣ Do journalists need to become programmers? ‣ Or will we have teams of specialists? ‣ Doubting that journalist can contribute to change?
  12. 12. WHO? ONE EXAMPLE OF WHAT IS POSSIBLE ‣ Alexander L. Holley, Journalist, Engineer (1832 – 1882) ‣ Deep interest in technology: Railways, machinery, iron making ‣ Trained as an engineer, skilled writer ‣ Foreign technical correspondent for the New York Times ‣ Went through many troubles and times of economic crisis ‣ Bought the rights to the Bessemer process for steel making in 1863, perfected it, developed floor plans for new steel works for Carnegie Steel and others. ‣ Changed the world http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Lyman_Holley
  13. 13. EJC • DATA-DRIVEN JOURNALISM Curriculum Results orientated, understand journalist interests Data Mining, Filtering, Modeling, Produce Other Story Elements Text Format, Visualisation, Present Presentation Deliver information to users and Provide organizations in usable formats
  14. 14. WHERE? EVERYWHERE
  15. 15. THANK YOU! Mirko Lorenz mirko.lorenz@gmail.com

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