Tag: data journalism

by Derek Willis

Interviewing is a skill. I’ve heard this repeatedly as a college student, at journalism conferences and in newsrooms. Not all of us are born with the ability to form penetrating questions or to extract crucial details from sources. Like any skill, interviewing takes practice and preparation. The same is true for interviewing data. Journalists who [...] more »

by Meagan Doll

On Tuesday, July 8, our #EdShift chat will focus on covering data in courses, part of our special series “Teaching Data Journalism.” Join us at 1 ET/12 CT/10 PT as we cover data’s importance, as well as tips and ideas for incorporating it into the classroom. The chat will be moderated as usual by MediaShift’s Education [...] more »

by Katherine Krueger

Gone are the days where journalists could boast about not being math people. While the image of an investigative journalist sifting through reams of printed spreadsheets and pouring over documents has endured, the tools have changed. The rise of data journalism – which is often tied to the meteoric rise of analytical news ventures – [...] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

I rarely have to sell my students on what I’m teaching them. They’ve worked hard to get accepted into a highly competitive major, and they’re here because they want to learn. But that all changes when we get to my week on data. The grumbles and eyerolls abound. I feel like I can read some [...] more »

by Lauren E. Mack

As data journalists and computational journalism become key elements in newsrooms, Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism has been tracking the trend and examining its impact on post-industrial journalism. Columbia students have been practicing data-driven journalism as part of their coursework since 2012. The Tow Center’s annual Innovation Showcase, a public two-day event in [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Nielsen fleshes out Twitter TV ratings with demographic data (Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times) 2. Netflix’s Neil Hunt says personalized recommendations will replace the navigation grid (Anthony Ha / TechCrunch) 3. First Look Media will give $550,000 to support press freedoms (Kristen Hare / Poynter) 4. Jezebel’s Anna Holmes lands at Fusion (Peter [...] more »

by Meredith Broussard

For the third installment of her Educational Thought Leader series, Arcadia University education professor Kira J. Baker-Doyle and I had a conversation about a data journalism project that uses big data to uncover inequality in Philadelphia public schools. Baker-Doyle is the author of The Networked Teacher: How New Teachers Build Social Networks for Professional Support. Our [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Tasneem Raja on pair programming for better data journalism (Alexander Howard / Tow Center) 2. The great unwatched: More than half of online video ads are not seen (David Segal / New York Times) 3. Amazon launches #AmazonCart, a new way to shop without leaving Twitter (Paul Sawers / The Next Web) 4. ‘Game [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Study: How is user-generated content used in TV news? (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 2. The right (and wrong) way to think about how Aereo works (Jeff Bercovici / Forbes) 3. American journalist with Vice News captured in Eastern Ukraine (Brian Ries / Mashable) 4. Comcast close to subscriber deal with Charter Communications (Shalini [...] more »

by Cathy O'Neil

This all began at Joe’s Coffee on the Columbia University campus one morning last spring. Mark Hansen was then teaching journalism students who didn’t know much about data or computing. I was working with engineers and skilled data people, who didn’t understand how important storytelling is to problem-solving, especially because different choices, which might seem minute [...] more »