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Data Points

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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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Q&A with Conrad Quilty-Harper, Ampp3d data journalist

The British site Ampp3d specializes in data journalism with a tabloid twist

Conrad Quilty-Harper, 26, is a wunderkind of the British data journalism scene, lauded by The Guardian on its "30 under... 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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Take a deep breath before panicking over the NYT’s 2013 top 10

Formats are false idols

A much-shared article in the Atlantic last week leads with the claim that the most trafficked "story" across platforms on... More

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Less is more with mobile visualizations

As readers shift to tablets and smartphones, interactive newsrooms need to re-focus on the basics

To walk through San Francisco is to examine the area's lurid, sometimes brutal mid-nineteenth-century origins. Each street has a story.... More

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Crowdsourcing done right

Crowdsourced journalism showed its limits during the Boston bombing, but that doesn’t mean it lacks value

Crowdsourcing -- obtaining data, information, or ideas from a group of people -- can quickly bring up vast quantities of... More

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Connecting China, visually

Reporters help tell Chinese political stories in an interactive way

On February 28, while China's leadership transition was underway, Connected China, a visualization application produced by Reuters, went online. Using... More

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CAR hits the mainstream

Computer-assisted reporting is being recognized as an important journalistic discipline

It's been more than a year since The New York Times declared this The Age of Big Data, but for... More

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Crediting the source code

While most of us recognize that text and images are protected by copyright laws, code copyright is less understood

Open Google Chrome and go to your favorite website. Right click, scroll down, and select "Inspect Element." The lower-third of... More

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Where the jobs are

How WYNC’s data journalism efforts show new opportunities for journalists

There are probably few things that intimidate journalists like reams of data. Unemployment might be high on that intimidation list,... More

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Gun permit data wasn’t maximized

The choice that faced the Journal News was not simply whether to map gun permit holders’ addresses, but how

In the weeks since the Journal News's publication of a controversial interactive map of gun permit holders' addresses in Westchester... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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