Required skimming: data journalism

Learn how the experts make numbers look pretty

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food. If we overlooked any of your must-read destinations, please tell us in the comments.

The Guardian’s Datablog: Publishes interactives and visualizations pegged to the news, as well as the raw data that goes into them.

Texas Tribune: Extensive state-level data readily available for readers to search, and good explainers about Freedom of Information requests and data licensing laws.

ProPublica’s Nerd Blog: Behind-the-scenes view of the coding and analytical work that goes into ProPublica’s extensive data projects.

The Data Journalism Handbook: Does exactly what it says, providing an in-depth resource about data journalism.

Journalism in the Age of Data: An hour-long video produced by Stanford University about how data visualizations can be used to tell stories.

FlowingData’s tutorials: For those who want to try their hand at making visualizations themselves, FlowingData has a wealth of guides. NB: These aren’t for the faint-hearted; most of these require a degree of programming prowess.

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Anna Codrea-Rado is a digital media associate at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Follow her on Twitter @annacod. Tags: