The Data Journalism Handbook

By Jonathan Gray

When you mix the sheer scale and diversity of electronic details now to be had with a journalist’s "nose for information" and her skill to inform a compelling tale, a brand new international of risk opens up. With The info Journalism Handbook, you’ll discover the capability, limits, and utilized makes use of of this new and engaging field.

This important guide has attracted ratings of individuals because the eu Journalism Centre and the Open wisdom starting place introduced the venture at MozFest 2011. via a suite of information and strategies from top reporters, professors, software program builders, and knowledge analysts, you’ll learn the way facts will be both the resource of knowledge journalism or a device with which the tale is told—or both.

  • Examine using info journalism on the BBC, the Chicago Tribune, the Guardian, and different information organizations
  • Explore in-depth case reports on elections, riots, university functionality, and corruption
  • Learn how to define info from the internet, via freedom of data legislation, and by means of "crowd sourcing"
  • Extract details from uncooked facts with guidance for operating with numbers and records and utilizing info visualization
  • Deliver info via infographics, information apps, open facts systems, and obtain links

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