Data Journalism Do’s and Don’ts - Henk van Ess

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2nd Keynote SRF (Switzerland) adresses how to do data journalism if you don't have any structure yet? What kind of skills are needed? How do you organize it?

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Data Journalism Do’s and Don’ts - Henk van Ess

  1. Data Do’s and Don’ts Henk van Ess @henkvaness workflows of data journalism Tuesday, July 2, 13
  2. TODAY Tuesday, July 2, 13
  3. TODAY 1. Interview with German data journalists Tuesday, July 2, 13
  4. TODAY 1. Interview with German data journalists 2. How to do it for tv? Tuesday, July 2, 13
  5. TODAY 1. Interview with German data journalists 2. How to do it for tv? 3. What went wrong and why? Tuesday, July 2, 13
  6. TODAY 1. Interview with German data journalists 2. How to do it for tv? 3. What went wrong and why? 4. How BBC and The Guardian work Tuesday, July 2, 13
  7. TODAY 1. Interview with German data journalists 2. How to do it for tv? 3. What went wrong and why? 4. How BBC and The Guardian work 5. A very cheap and successful project Tuesday, July 2, 13
  8. TODAY 1. Interview with German data journalists 2. How to do it for tv? 3. What went wrong and why? 4. How BBC and The Guardian work 5. A very cheap and successful project Tuesday, July 2, 13
  9. TODAY 1. Interview with German data journalists 2. How to do it for tv? 3. What went wrong and why? 4. How BBC and The Guardian work 5. A very cheap and successful project Tuesday, July 2, 13
  10. Data Do and Don’ts - Henk van Ess ZAPP - Recherche: Datenjournalismus Data For Reporters http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poUa8Wu9eTk Tuesday, July 2, 13
  11. TV workflow Tuesday, July 2, 13
  12. Tuesday, July 2, 13
  13. Tuesday, July 2, 13
  14. DDJ for SRF Tuesday, July 2, 13
  15. DDJ for SRF Find Tuesday, July 2, 13
  16. DDJ for SRF Find Clean Tuesday, July 2, 13
  17. DDJ for SRF Find Clean Wonder Tuesday, July 2, 13
  18. DDJ for SRF Find Clean Wonder (P)review Tuesday, July 2, 13
  19. DDJ for SRF Find Clean Wonder (P)review Script Tuesday, July 2, 13
  20. DDJ for SRF Find Clean Wonder (P)review Script Make it Tuesday, July 2, 13
  21. DDJ for SRF Find Clean Wonder (P)review Script Make itInspired by F. Ruys Tuesday, July 2, 13
  22. What not? Tuesday, July 2, 13
  23. Learn from the best! Tuesday, July 2, 13
  24. Learn from the best! Who was in charge and what went wrong? Tuesday, July 2, 13
  25. Tuesday, July 2, 13
  26. Who was in charge and what went wrong? Tuesday, July 2, 13
  27. The Coder The Reporter The Designer Who was in charge and what went wrong? Tuesday, July 2, 13
  28. The Coder The Reporter The Designer Who was in charge and what went wrong? Tuesday, July 2, 13
  29. The Coder The Reporter The Designer Who was in charge and what went wrong? Showing what is possible, not what is sensible Tuesday, July 2, 13
  30. The Coder The Reporter The Designer Who was in charge and what went wrong? No interference with the data Tuesday, July 2, 13
  31. The Coder The Reporter The Designer Who was in charge and what went wrong? Tuesday, July 2, 13
  32. The Coder The Reporter The Designer Who was in charge and what went wrong? Tuesday, July 2, 13
  33. The Coder The Reporter The Designer Who was in charge and what went wrong? Mind boggling presentations.. leaving your mind boggled Tuesday, July 2, 13
  34. The Coder The Reporter The Designer Who was in charge and what went wrong? Tuesday, July 2, 13
  35. The Coder The Reporter The Designer Who was in charge and what went wrong? Showing problems, not explaining them Tuesday, July 2, 13
  36. The Coder The Reporter The Designer Who was in charge and what went wrong? Tuesday, July 2, 13
  37. The Coder The Reporter The Designer Who was in charge and what went wrong? Publishes to soon, so happy with finding any story in data Tuesday, July 2, 13
  38. The Coder The Reporter The Designer Who was in charge and what went wrong? Tuesday, July 2, 13
  39. The Coder The Reporter The Designer Who was in charge and what went wrong? Assembly line syndrom: accepts no new workflows Tuesday, July 2, 13
  40. We like our workflows Tuesday, July 2, 13
  41. We like our workflows the newspaper Tuesday, July 2, 13
  42. We like our workflows List of dangerous chemical companies the newspaper Tuesday, July 2, 13
  43. We like our workflows List of dangerous chemical companies the newspaper Tuesday, July 2, 13
  44. We like our workflows List of dangerous chemical companies the newspaper the proof of concept Tuesday, July 2, 13
  45. We like our workflows Adobe Captivate List of dangerous chemical companies the newspaper the proof of concept Tuesday, July 2, 13
  46. We like our workflows Adobe Captivate List of dangerous chemical companies the newspaper the proof of concept Tuesday, July 2, 13
  47. There are many new dedicated tools Tuesday, July 2, 13
  48. There are many new dedicated tools Timeline the bad way Tuesday, July 2, 13
  49. There are many new dedicated tools Timeline the bad way Timeline with Timeline 3D Tuesday, July 2, 13
  50. There are many new dedicated tools Timeline the bad way Timeline with Timeline 3D Tuesday, July 2, 13
  51. There are many new dedicated tools Timeline the bad way Timeline with Timeline 3D This was made in 14 minutes Tuesday, July 2, 13
  52. when no one is in charge (anymore) Tuesday, July 2, 13
  53. when no one is in charge (anymore) empty pages Tuesday, July 2, 13
  54. when no one is in charge (anymore) empty pages Tuesday, July 2, 13
  55. when no one is in charge (anymore) broken databases empty pages Tuesday, July 2, 13
  56. when no one is in charge (anymore) broken databases empty pages Tuesday, July 2, 13
  57. Tuesday, July 2, 13
  58. Datajournalism is Tuesday, July 2, 13
  59. Finding information Datajournalism is Tuesday, July 2, 13
  60. Finding information Processing information Datajournalism is Tuesday, July 2, 13
  61. Finding information Processing information Presenting information Datajournalism is Tuesday, July 2, 13
  62. Tuesday, July 2, 13
  63. To be more specific, you need: Tuesday, July 2, 13
  64. To be more specific, you need: A fine researcher Tuesday, July 2, 13
  65. To be more specific, you need: A fine researcher A good number cruncher Tuesday, July 2, 13
  66. To be more specific, you need: A fine researcher A good number cruncher A great story teller Tuesday, July 2, 13
  67. To be more specific, you need: A fine researcher A good number cruncher A great story teller A brilliant designer/ GUI specialist Tuesday, July 2, 13
  68. To be more specific, you need: A fine researcher A good number cruncher A great story teller A brilliant designer/ GUI specialist “overlapping set of competencies drawn from disparate fields” http://bit.ly/nLlbYn Tuesday, July 2, 13
  69. nerd / storyteller / muckraker in ONE person? Tuesday, July 2, 13
  70. nerd / storyteller / muckraker in ONE person? Tuesday, July 2, 13
  71. nerd / storyteller / muckraker in ONE person? Tuesday, July 2, 13
  72. nerd / storyteller / muckraker in ONE person? Tuesday, July 2, 13
  73. Workflow at BBC and The Guardian Tuesday, July 2, 13
  74. Data Do and Don’ts - Henk van Ess http://www.icfj.org/resources/integrating-data-journalism-newsrooms BBC (1) Tuesday, July 2, 13
  75. Data Do and Don’ts - Henk van Ess http://www.icfj.org/resources/integrating-data-journalism-newsrooms BBC (2) Tuesday, July 2, 13
  76. Data Do and Don’ts - Henk van Ess http://www.icfj.org/resources/integrating-data-journalism-newsrooms Guardian (1) now working for Twitter Tuesday, July 2, 13
  77. Data Do and Don’ts - Henk van Ess http://www.icfj.org/resources/integrating-data-journalism-newsrooms Guardian (2) Tuesday, July 2, 13
  78. Case Tuesday, July 2, 13
  79. Tuesday, July 2, 13
  80. Volkskrant: Tuesday, July 2, 13
  81. Volkskrant: • Newspaper demanded tons of data about the state of elderly homes in The Netherlands Tuesday, July 2, 13
  82. Tuesday, July 2, 13
  83. The response Tuesday, July 2, 13
  84. The response Tuesday, July 2, 13
  85. Tuesday, July 2, 13
  86. Volkskrant Tuesday, July 2, 13
  87. Volkskrant • Pushed over and over again to get the data Tuesday, July 2, 13
  88. The response Tuesday, July 2, 13
  89. Volkskrant • Invoked the freedom of information act Tuesday, July 2, 13
  90. The response Tuesday, July 2, 13
  91. Volkskrant • They kept pushing 32 Tuesday, July 2, 13
  92. Tuesday, July 2, 13
  93. After one year Tuesday, July 2, 13
  94. After one year Finally. Succes! Tuesday, July 2, 13
  95. After one year Finally. Succes! Tuesday, July 2, 13
  96. Tuesday, July 2, 13
  97. A cd full of data Tuesday, July 2, 13
  98. A cd full of data Tuesday, July 2, 13
  99. A cd full of data Tuesday, July 2, 13
  100. Tuesday, July 2, 13
  101. • 270.000 questions • 320.000 answers • Devided in 9 categories • More then 12 subcategories Tuesday, July 2, 13
  102. Overwhelmed by data: • 270.000 questions • 320.000 answers • Devided in 9 categories • More then 12 subcategories Tuesday, July 2, 13
  103. Tuesday, July 2, 13
  104. Minor detail: all 4500 forms are PDF Tuesday, July 2, 13
  105. Minor detail: all 4500 forms are PDF Tuesday, July 2, 13
  106. Minor detail: all 4500 forms are PDF Tuesday, July 2, 13
  107. Tuesday, July 2, 13
  108. Tuesday, July 2, 13
  109. Tuesday, July 2, 13
  110. Tuesday, July 2, 13
  111. So what now? Tuesday, July 2, 13
  112. So what now? Tuesday, July 2, 13
  113. Data Do and Don’ts - Henk van Ess Tuesday, July 2, 13
  114. Data Do and Don’ts - Henk van Ess Tuesday, July 2, 13
  115. Data Do and Don’ts - Henk van Ess Tuesday, July 2, 13
  116. Anatomy of a project I posted the pitch for the project: “Need coder for converting 4500 PDF’s” Tuesday, July 2, 13
  117. One minute later Tuesday, July 2, 13
  118. The Whole World Is Bidding Tuesday, July 2, 13
  119. And Bidding Tuesday, July 2, 13
  120. And Bidding Tuesday, July 2, 13
  121. Don’t forget Always 2x coders for the same job Tuesday, July 2, 13
  122. The result was: Tuesday, July 2, 13
  123. The result was: • Over 60 programmers wanted to convert the data into Excel and Web (MySql) for a price of $100 -$3000 • Choose the ones that are in the top 300 (out of 200.000 coders) to avoid surprises Tuesday, July 2, 13
  124. Topcoder for $500 Tuesday, July 2, 13
  125. Out of 9 projects Tuesday, July 2, 13
  126. Out of 9 projects • 8 were a success • 1 was a miserable failure Tuesday, July 2, 13
  127. Project lessons Hire coders, don’t become one Understand a coder so you can instruct the coder Tuesday, July 2, 13
  128. Back to the Volkskrant Tuesday, July 2, 13
  129. The job was done in 5 days Tuesday, July 2, 13
  130. The job was done in 5 days • PDF converted to normal text Tuesday, July 2, 13
  131. Other steps: Tuesday, July 2, 13
  132. Other steps: • Text converted to Excel • Excel converted to MySql • Search engine for reporters enabled them to ‘Google’ data of the homes - later used as public search Tuesday, July 2, 13
  133. FINALLY SOME ANSWERS Tuesday, July 2, 13
  134. • How many homes have financial troubles? • How many aggressive people caused trouble? • How many actions of non-medical employees were not backed up by a doctor? • Which elderly home is the best/worst? FINALLY SOME ANSWERS Tuesday, July 2, 13
  135. Unexpected questions: • Why are homes with a high mortality rate? • Why are homes with a sickness absence of 15-20% ? Tuesday, July 2, 13
  136. Results • Two lead news stories on the front page • A special section about the best/worst homes • ‘Top 300’ on the web for consumers: where do I put daddy away • A lot of goodwill Tuesday, July 2, 13
  137. The lessons: Tuesday, July 2, 13
  138. The lessons: • 1.Data mining is the start of the project, not the end • 2 Reporters write the story, coders code • 3 Work in (virtual) teams Tuesday, July 2, 13
  139. Data Do and Don’ts - Henk van Ess http://www.icfj.org/resources/integrating-data-journalism-newsrooms Tuesday, July 2, 13
  140. DANKE @henkvaness http://www.slideshare.net/searchbistro Tuesday, July 2, 13
  141. Tuesday, July 2, 13

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