April 8th, 2013
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Design and typography do matter. It’s about hierarchy of information and how people perceive information. Done properly, that clean up work really matters. On the other hand, it’s easy to believe that it matters more than it does. If you make a fantastically interesting chart and some poor design decisions, the data will still come through. If you make a bad chart with a beautiful design, what have you done, really?
Amanda Cox, a graphics editor at the New York Times. Check out the full interview The Power of Visualization’s “Aha!” Moments on Harvard Business Review, which looks at the power of data visualizations, current trends and possibilities for the future. Via Flowing Data. 
March 27th, 2013
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As we move towards a quantified society, one shaped by data, we start to dismiss things that are unquantified. Empathy, emotion and storytelling — these are as much a part of business as they are of life.
March 21st, 2013
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There’s nothing less funny than listening to a journalism professor joking that we’re all in this field because we can’t do math.

Kevin Schaul, AP-Google Scholar and Data/Web Dev Intern at the Star Tribune, discusses the importance of data and data journalism in his latest blog for ONA. 

Read more: Overcome your fear of numbers, uncover great stories like these - Online News Association

March 4th, 2013
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Notes from #NICAR13

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Journalists and technologists gathered in Louisville, KY this weekend to explore computer-assisted reporting at NICAR 2013. Throughout the conference, tools and techniques that can improve data-assisted reporting were highlighted. 

Chys Wu pulled together a massive list of resources from the conference, including presentations, tutorials, lightning talks, tools and software to check out. 

Here’s a collaborative set of notes from sessions at the conference. 

ONA Board member Greg Linch collected tweets from the conference

The Tow Center has a list of resources on data journalism

Were you at #NICAR13? What were sessions or topics most inspired you? 

February 21st, 2013
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My sense is that most journalists who’ve worked with a spreadsheet — knowingly, or unconsciously — kind of “get” the concepts… However, where the conceptual meets the practical, there can be some bumpy landings. 

Phillip Smith, a digital publishing consultant, provides great tips for journalists working with spreadsheets and databases to improve the way they handle data in How Journalists Can Think Like Programmers | PBS.

My sense is that most journalists who’ve worked with a spreadsheet — knowingly, or unconsciously — kind of “get” the concepts… However, where the conceptual meets the practical, there can be some bumpy landings. 

Phillip Smith, a digital publishing consultant, provides great tips for journalists working with spreadsheets and databases to improve the way they handle data in How Journalists Can Think Like Programmers | PBS.

February 7th, 2013
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The Global Editors Network, recognizing outstanding work in the field of data journalism worldwide, is accepting applications for the Data Journalism Awards. Here’s a breakdown of the entries they received last year.

This year, eight awards will be given in four categories, with 15,000€ in prize money. Deadline is April 5. Submit your work now.

February 5th, 2013
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Abe Epton reflects on his move from Google News to the Chicago Tribune on the News Apps blog. After five years at Google News, he’s been the Chicago Tribune for just over a month. 

I wanted to think about the things that strike me about my new, old-media gig and why I think people interested in code and civic society should really think about joining a newspaper — yes, a newspaper (or any media outlet) — in 2013.

To begin with, the newsroom is one of the most connected places I’ve ever seen. Information flows through it constantly, via phones and police scanners and loud clackety-noise-making machines of indeterminate purpose (not the nearby typewriter), as well as the ubiquitous Tweetdeck and Chartbeat screens. We have our morning meetings on a television stage elevated in the middle of the room.

But it’s the informal networks, the overheard chats among reporters and editors and the one-way conversations with sources, that provide a unique and fascinating education on how stories are put together and what’s going on in the city.

There’s an obsession with data here as extreme as any I witnessed at Google, but the relationship reporters have with stats is complex. Visible everywhere in the newsroom, and even during the meetings that decide what makes the front page every day, there’s a constantly-updating Chartbeat readout of that second’s top-performing stories.

Read more: From Google News to the Chicago Tribune: Observations after a month in the newsroom

January 29th, 2013
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 Lessons learned from building a data journalism team | IJNet
Practical lessons from the data team at Argentina’s daily newspaper, La Nación, led by ONA Argentina leader Momi Peralta Ramos, on how to train journalists to do great data journalism work.
Pictured is their data journalism team, via IJ Net.

 Lessons learned from building a data journalism team | IJNet

Practical lessons from the data team at Argentina’s daily newspaper, La Nación, led by ONA Argentina leader Momi Peralta Ramos, on how to train journalists to do great data journalism work.

Pictured is their data journalism team, via IJ Net.

January 2nd, 2013
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December 14th, 2012
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theeconomist:

A few months ago we challenged designers to illustrate our report examining how tablet computers are changing the news business. Congratulations to our three winners, whose infographics are published on the visual.ly blog.

Reblogged from The Economist
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