Tag: data journalism

by Alberto Cairo

A picture may not always be worth 1,000 words, but when it comes to telling a good story, it can certainly help a lot — particularly if it’s based on reliable data and it’s interactive and animated. That’s the philosophy behind the new graduate offering of the School of Communication of the University of Miami (UM): A Data […] more »

by Sonia Paul

At MediaShift, our sweet spot is covering the space where technology and media intersect. And what a dynamic space that is — always changing, always shifting. 2014 was no different. As we see it, here are the biggest stories and trends that shaped the media and technology industry in 2014, and will likely reverberate into […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. #illridewithyou: Hashtag offers solidarity with Sydney’s Muslims after cafe siege (via Guardian) 2. FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way (Kelly J. O’Brien / Columbia Journalism Review) 3. MSNBC expanding online with original programming, streaming video (Jason J. Hughes / The Wrap) 4. The New York Times and Women in the […] more »

by Meredith Broussard

Numeracy, or numerical literacy, is at the heart of data journalism. And if you are the kind of person who wants to become more numerate in order to do data journalism (maybe you’re a designer? A student? An inquisitive citizen?), one way to start is by thinking about a horse. Specifically, I’d like you to […] more »

by Meredith Broussard

“Yes, and…” is the closest thing improv comedy has to a cardinal rule. The rule goes like this: When the first performer says something, the next performer has to say “Yes, and…” instead of negating or dropping what the first performer said. It’s a powerful rule because it allows a comedy scene to go in […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Our online learning community’s online learning failures (Joshua M. Kim / Inside Higher Ed) 2. Michigan State wants a big data professor on campus (D. Frank Smith / EdTech) 3. Social media gains momentum in online education (Jordan Friedman / US News & World Report) 4. What Georgia Tech’s online degree in computer science […] more »

by Michael W. Wagner

Historically, journalists generally behaved as though political scientists’ focus on the state of the economy and presidential approval had little to offer their elections coverage. And political scientists treated campaign coverage’s focus on the horse race and shifting campaign narratives as factors that were almost completely unrelated to what actually has the virtue of affecting […] more »

by Mallory Perryman

In the latest update to his e-text “Searchlights and Sunglasses,” author Eric Newton highlights important tools that help journalists mine public data. Here’s one way of introducing open data in the classroom. The students in the introductory journalism course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison always respond with a collective groan when we arrive at “data […] more »

by Amelia Senter

MediaShift’s Collab/Space event has been making the rounds — from New York City in June to Chicago in September, and now on to Washington, D.C. The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri is the event’s premier sponsor, and it will be hosted at the Washington Post headquarters. Collab/Space DC will hone and […] more »

by Julie Keck

One of the first things David Cohn of Circa said during his keynote talk at Collab/Space Chicago last week was “you will feel like a manic-depressive” when launching a startup. The Collab/Space Chicago crowd, which included hopeful startup presenters, journalists, media pros, and J-school elites chuckled, but everyone in the room knew there was some […] more »