Tag: data

by Sonia Paul

PBS MediaShift produced its second annual Journalism School Hackathon in conjunction with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in Phoenix at the end of February. Top students, faculty and professionals gathered with a specific aim for this year: to create sustainable media projects that reach underserved populations. They were […] more »

by Lia Juriansz

Top journalism students and faculty from across the country traveled to Arizona State University last week to envision cutting-edge media products to help underserved communities as a part of PBS MediaShift’s 2nd Annual Journalism School Hackathon. The two-day event brought approximately 50 students and 30 faculty members to ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication […] more »

by Tom Kent

This post originally appeared on Medium. News organizations are experimenting increasingly with robot journalism, using computer programs to transform data into news stories, or news stories into multimedia presentations. Most uses of robot journalism have been for fairly formulaic situations — company earnings reports, stock market summaries, earthquake alerts and youth sports stories. But inevitably, […] more »

by Sonia Paul

Here’s a list of current media and journalism awards, including deadlines for applying. If we’re missing any major programs, please use our Contact Form to let us know, and we’ll add them to the list.  FEBRUARY 2015 DEADLINES Society of Professional Journalists Awards The Society of Professional Journalists has various awards for professional to collegiate journalists for excellence […] more »

by Derek Willis

When you teach data reporting concepts to journalism students, you’re really teaching two things: the skills necessary to find and tell stories using data, and the knowledge required to understand the data itself. This past semester I was lucky to be able to work with students at West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media on […] more »

by Meagan Doll

While many university students were finding routine in another fall semester, a group of students at University of North Carolina and Syracuse University immediately began brainstorming ways to visually represent Liberia’s Ebola outbreak. UNC’s Steven King and Syracuse’s Ken Harper teamed up after the Liberian Ministry of Information requested the project from Harper, who made […] 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 Sachin Kamdar

The following is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. Almost three years ago I wrote an article about “Why Publishers Are About to Go Data Crazy.” This prediction came true, but the degree that publishers have gone “data crazy” wildly beat my expectations. Publishers now have the ability to capitalize on […] 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 Reuben Stern

This week we explore three examples that mine electronic Web data to inform news coverage. PART 1: Vocativ The news organization Vocativ uses sophisticated online surveillance tools that dive into the “deep Web” to find and surface newsworthy items. Chief Executive Officer Scott Cohen tells us how the combination of intelligence technology, data analysts and […] more »