Bella Hurrell - Data to story

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Bella Hurrell - Data to story

  1. 1. Data journalismon the BBCnews websiteBella Hurrell, editorBBC News Specials teambbc.co.uk/newsgraphics@BBCNewsGraphics
  2. 2. Data and journalismData journalism roughly divides into three broad types that often overlap:1. Traditional investigative data journalism, often called CAR - finding stories in thedata – with or without visualisations2. Using the data to tell a story or explain a complex problem – this will involvegraphics or ‘visualisations’3. Providing a service or a tool that tells the reader something personally relevant -school league tables or simple financial tools and calculators
  3. 3. Slow death of prohibitionhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17291978
  4. 4. Tournament football and domestic violencehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-18379093
  5. 5. How do you get your data projects to live longer?• Pick subjects that have a shelf life – and update the data• Make a tools, databases and apps that your readers will want to return to• Make it easy for users to share your feature• Plan publication and partner with a range of outlets for maximum coverage• Remember to re-promote the features regularly• Make sure they work on tablets and mobiles, where appropriate
  6. 6. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15975720
  7. 7. data journalism tips• It is stories in the numbers that are interesting• Give your data a human face with case studies or by making it personally relevant• Investigative journalism can take a long time – Keep focused and work with experts• Clean your data and triple check it – there are ALWAYS errors• Build sharing in if appropriate to help boost reach• Always have a page where you explain your methodology• Be prepared to respond to critics and staff to cover corrections and feedback
  8. 8. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15748696
  9. 9. data visualisation tips• Help your readers to understand something complex, don’t just make data art• Keep your user in mind all the time• Test your designs and iterate on the feedback• Keep the interface simple and intuitive• Avoid too many choices as can lead to user anxiety• Sequential ‘NEXT’ options will often get more clicks than ‘EXPLORE’• Consider audio commentary or using video production tools like After Effects to give an overview
  10. 10. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17442946
  11. 11. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-15391515
  12. 12. Data tools or apps• Provide information that users will find personally relevant and useful• If appropriate allow users to share a key fact about themselves to boost reach and make it feel more personal• A global dataset will be relevant to far more users and will get more shares

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