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The good and bad of election prediction data

FiveThirtyEight, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post each have a unique take on what Nov. 4 will bring

In the chapter about political predictions in Nate Silver's 2012 book The Signal and the Noise, FiveThirtyEight's founder explains how... More

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Visualizing the Ebola outbreak

Despite setbacks, The Ebola Report and Frontline use numbers to put the disease into perspective

In August when the recent Ebola outbreak was still in its infancy, we briefly looked at how news organizations successfully... More

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Defense Department data still murky

The best and worst of this week’s data journalism

Prompted by President Obama's recent order to review the Defense Department's supplying equipment to local law enforcement agencies in the... More

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Earthquake ‘data’ doesn’t add up

Many online news outlets reposted a chart that didn’t really show readers anything new

On Sunday, the San Jose Mercury-News unveiled the first in a series of stories about how California's foster children are... More

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What the numbers coming out of Ferguson say, and who is saying it best

The week in data journalism

Troopers from the Missouri Highway Patrol stand at the ready in a strip mall along Ferguson's West Florissant Ave.... More

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Vox fails on journo arrests, the LAT does a great investigation of police misreporting, and The Verge illuminates net neutrality commenters

The best and the worst of recent works of data journalism

It's a little ridiculous to classify as data journalism a classic investigation like The Los Angeles Times' piece from last... More

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Data reveals who isn’t talking about terrorism

This week’s Data Darts and Laurels

Charles Ornstein, a senior reporter for ProPublica, wrote a comprehensive story for The New York Times' Upshot about the drug... More

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Local news outlets are joining the data journalism bandwagon

Available resources don’t always match the desire to analyze regional issues

A few years ago, Gene Balk noticed that numbers and statistics were increasingly becoming more available and compelling as a... More

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Multiple news orgs made Ebola outbreak data data visualizations this week, and some succeeded more than others

Plus laurels to WaPo and yet another dart to FiveThirtyEight in this week’s Data Darts and Laurels

The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, already considered the deadliest in history, led several news organizations to turn to... More

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A tentative thumbs up to WaPo’s Storyline; mixed success for FiveThirtyEight

The week in data journalism

This week's Data Darts and Laurels features newcomer Storyline, a just-launched section of Washingtonpost.com "dedicated to the power of stories... More

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The best and worst of this week’s data journalism

A cool side project tracking taxi rides, and a quest to find the bowling center of the country

Chris Whong--a self-proclaimed urbanist, mapmaker, and data junkie--filed a Freedom of Information request that resulted in acquiring information about all... More

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How reporters used data covering the World Cup

Some pieces were revealing; others threw out numbers without saying anything

With the 2014 World Cup set to end on Sunday, this week's edition of Data Darts and Laurels will focus... More

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This week’s data journalism wins and fails

Darts to WSJ and Slate; laurels to Medium, NYT, and CIR

"Data journalism" is an increasingly visible storytelling form that puts numbers, statistics, and databases front and center. Like all journalism,... More

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ProPublica plans to grow its ‘Data Store’

“There’s no question that selling data is a rich opportunity for many newsrooms”

In February, ProPublica launched the "Data Store," a site from which journalists from outside of the organization could purchase data... More

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The pitfalls of data journalism

FiveThirtyEight won’t have broad appeal without narrative

The power in data journalism comes from the ability for numbers and statistics to examine a subject in a measurable... More

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A rally for laid-off Sun-Times photogs

A protest Thursday morning drew about 150 picketers to the newspaper’s headquarters

CHICAGO, IL--Pulitzer Prize winner John H. White doesn't think too much of the iPhone as a replacement for him and... More

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In Boston coverage, avoid the ‘t’ word

Some media outlets have been too quick to deem the marathon explosions “terrorism”

The twin blasts at the Boston Marathon finish line Monday--which killed at least three people and injured dozens of others--were... More

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Homicide coverage is about people, not just stats

Stories about Hadiya Pendleton’s death should be a guide for journalists in future crime reporting

On Friday, President Obama spoke in Chicago as a part of his post-State of the Union tour, pitching, among many... More

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Open Bar

The Anchor Bar

The Anchor Bar 450 West Fort Street, Detroit, MI Year opened 1959. It’s been in its current location since 1993,... More

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Breaking news: This minority group is different

There are many times that journalists can cover non-mainstream communities, not just during a crisis

One thing evident about the coverage of the Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin on Sunday that left seven dead, including... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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