Lucy Chambers

by Lucy Chambers

The Spending Stories team [mentioned earlier in the year](http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2013/03/spending-stories-open-spending-are-moving-beyond-visualizations059.html) that we were looking into ways of helping journalists negotiate tricky financial topics. We’re pleased to announce our first pilot “[data expedition](http://blog.okfn.org/2012/11/14/data-expeditions-at-mozfest/)” on the topic of tax evasion and avoidance. It aims to help reporters negotiate the key decisions made when writing on this highly contentious [...] more »

by Lucy Chambers

Another busy year has passed since the first School of Data Journalism at the [International Journalism Festival in Perugia](http://www.journalismfestival.com). Last year, the [Open Knowledge Foundation](http://okfn.org) and the [European Journalism Centre](http://www.ejc.net/ejc/) launched the [Data Journalism Handbook](http://datajournalismhandbook.org), and this year, the two organizations were back organizing the festival within a festival. Here are a few highlights. Attendees [...] more »

by Lucy Chambers

As a journalist, to understand European Union institutions, policies and commitments, you have to look where the money goes and understand who affects the money flow in the EU. As the influence of Brussels lobbyists grows, it is increasingly important to draw the connections between lobbying, policy-making and funding. [The EU publishes information on its [...] more »

by Lucy Chambers

Continuing in their mission to make spending data more accessible and comprehensible, the Spending Stories team and data.gov.uk have just released a reporting tool that will help journalists and analysts pick the freshest and best departmental spending data to work with when exploring the U.K. central government expenditure. Why spending data gets neglected Spending data [...] more »

by Lucy Chambers

OKFestival, the world’s largest open knowledge and data event, will take place September 17-22. We’re pleased to announce that streams on three whole days of this year’s festival (two festival days and a satellite event) will be dedicated to the topic of data journalism and visualization to encourage more journalists from around the globe to [...] more »

by Lucy Chambers

PERUGIA, Italy — Here at the [International Journalism Festival](http://www.journalismfestival.com/) the launch of three large initiatives have generated a lot of the buzz around the topic of data journalism. [The School of Data Journalism](http://blog.okfn.org/2012/02/02/diving-into-data-the-school-of-data-journalism-at-the-international-journalism-festival-in-perugia/), organized by the European Journalism Centre and the Open Knowledge Foundation, is composed of three panels and five workshops and dives into [...] more »

by Lucy Chambers

The Spending Stories team’s experience in leading data journalism workshops, such as the one last year on EU spending in Utrecht and EuroHack in Warsaw, has shown that there are still a lot of barriers hindering data journalists from reporting on spending. This month, April 25-29, at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, we’ll continue [...] more »

by Lucy Chambers

This piece was co-written with Eric King, human rights and technology adviser at [Privacy International](https://www.privacyinternational.org/), and comes as Privacy International launches a new data release about companies selling surveillance technologies. Today, the global surveillance industry is estimated at around $5 billion a year. But which companies are selling? Which governments are buying? And why should [...] more »

by Lucy Chambers

This article was co-written by Martin Keegan, project lead for Spending Stories. How public funds should be spent is often controversial. Information about how that money has already been spent should not be ambiguous at all. People arguing about the future will care about the present, and if data about past or present public spending [...] more »