Posts Tagged ‘data journalism’

Changing the World with Semantic-Tech-Powered Journalism


Miguel Paz of recently wrote, “Call me stupid, but I think journalism is a exciting way to change the world. But in order to do that these days, we need to favor change and promote disruptive innovation within the news and information ecosystem — and start thinking way outside the box. This is something I’ve been working towards as hard as possible for several years: as a Knight Fellow at the International Center for Journalists; through, a website that reveals the links among Chilean business and political elites; and Hacks/Hackers Chile and Poderomedia Foundation, an organization that promotes the open web and the use of technologies to rethink journalism, teach new skills to journalists, and foster cultural change in newsrooms in Latin America. Read more

The New Knight-Mozilla Fellows Are Here


Justin Ellis of the Nieman Journalism Lab reports, “Knight Foundation and Mozilla have announced a new class of fellows who will take their hacker skills into newsrooms around the US and across the globe. The new class of five Knight-Mozilla Fellows has just been announced at the Mozilla Festival in London, and their bios include some of the sort of descriptions you might expect: media scholar, activist, interactive developer, code monkey. This third class of fellows will be embedded in top news organizations in the U.S. and abroad and work to connect their code-driven backgrounds to journalistic goals.” Read more

8 Projects at NUI Galway to Receive €1M in Funding

Marie Madden of the Galway Independent reports, “Eight projects at NUI Galway are to receive over €1m in funding from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). The investment is being made through SFI’s Technology Innovation Development Award (TIDA), in collaboration with Enterprise Ireland, and will focus on commercially relevant projects. The projects in receipt of the funding will include those focusing on acute leukaemia, bovine mastitis, biological oxygen demand monitoring system for wastewaters, GlycoShield, cancer therapy, drought stress tolerance in crop plants, social semantic journalism and the development of a data mapping system for retail business planning. The news was welcomed by Galway TD Derek Nolan, who said that it would enable numerous research teams to take the first steps in developing new discoveries and inventions with commercial potential.” Read more

Data Journalism Around the World

Alex Howard of O’Reilly Radar recently shared examples of great data journalism from across the globe. He writes, “When I wrote that Radar was investigating data journalism and asked for your favorite examples of good work, we heard back from around the world. I received emails from Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Canada and Italy that featured data visualization, explored the role of data in government accountability, and shared how open data can revolutionize environmental reporting. A tweet pointed me to a talk about how R is being used in the newsroom… Several other responses are featured at more length below. After you read through, make sure to also check out this terrific Ignite talk on data journalism recorded at this year’s Newsfoo in Arizona.” Read more

Poderopedia Launches Public Beta

Miguel Paz of the Idea Lab recently announced that Poderopedia, a data journalism project that we have reported on recently, went into public beta last week. Paz writes, “We are pleased to invite you to Poderopedia, a project backed by Knight Foundation through its News Challenge 2011. We believe that Poderopedia will save reporters time in their reporting and will help citizens understand the relationships between people, companies and organizations that influence our daily lives. We know our 3,000 pre-registered users have been waiting several months, and therefore we want to thank them and you for your patience and support through this invitation to browse our site and review the profiles of individuals, businesses and most influential organizations in our country.” Read more

Poderopedia Pushes Forward with Data Journalism Transparency

Miguel Paz of the Idea Lab recently discussed how the team behind Poderopedia, a project we have covered previously, has been going through a period “full of learning, making mistakes, correcting them, and learning again in a never-ending iteration process. In the beginning of November, we started our private beta testing with friends and family, fixing bugs and updating the platform in order to release our public beta in December. When we launch, we’ll include feedback tools on our website to gather your ideas and suggestions. We’ll also include basic guidelines on how to create a local chapter of Poderopedia in other countries.” Read more

Better Access for Journalists to Gov Spending Data has posted an article about improving the quality of government financial reporting in the UK. The article states, “Spending data is juicy for journalists – why does it get neglected? Many reasons. One key one is that the shelf-life of a spending dataset is pretty short from a journalist’s point of view, if they have to wait 6 months or even a year for spending data they need for a story to be released, then chances are – the sniff of the story they were wanting to write will probably have gone stale.” Read more

Data Journalism Lessons Learned at the Olympics

Simon Rogers of The Guardian recently reviewed what the publication learned about data journalism after covering the London Olympics. Rogers writes, “There was never a guarantee that it would amount to anything for us. The Olympics may have been the only news story in town last week and would undoubtedly produce great journalism, but would it result in data journalism? At its essence, this is the gathering of stories from data. It’s more than just producing a few charts – data visualisation is often the expression of data journalism, but the process of digging through the data to find the stories that matter, that is at its heart.”

He goes on, “At some levels the omens were not good. The key results data is locked up in lucrative deals between the International Olympic Committee and major news organisations. So, those results tables on our site, the BBC, The Telegraph and so on were paid – The Guardian’s is a feed from the New York Times and we were explicitly banned from releasing that feed as open data for you to download and explore with. As I wrote earlier, while it was not the first Open Data Olympics – it was arguably the first data Olympics. So, what can an open data journalism site do in that situation? This is what we learned.”

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Image: Courtesy The Guardian

New Workshop: Using Open Data

The W3C has announced a new workshop, Using Open Data: policy modeling, citizen empowerment, data journalism. According to the article, “For many years, W3C has been a keen promoter of Open Data, fostering a culture in which public administrations make their data available, ideally in machine-processable formats. Many governments have embraced the idea with enthusiasm, setting up national data portals. As part of the FP7-funded Crossover Project, W3C and the European Commission are running a Workshop to ask a simple question: what is all the ‘new’ government open data being used for?” Read more

OpenCorporates Launches Open Database of Corporate Officers

Alex Howard recently reported, “In an age of technology-fueled transparency, corporations are subject to the same powerful disruption as governments. In that context, data journalism has profound importance for society. If a researcher needs data for business journalism, OpenCorporates is a bonafide resource. Today, OpenCorporates is making a new open database of corporate officers and directors available to the world.” Read more