April 11th, 2014
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centerforinvestigativereporting:

How we mapped the U.S.-Mexico border fence

CIR journalists spent more than three years trying to obtain accurate, detailed mapping data showing the location of the border fence system. 

The result: We now have what is – as far as we know – the most complete and detailed map of the border fence that is publicly available.

Our Senior News Applications Developer Michael Corey explains how we did it.

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. 
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
December 6th, 2012
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More than 80 journalists, students and educators took over the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism & Mass Communications on Saturday for a day of free digital training, brainstorming and connection with peers.

Head to journalists.org for our full list of session resources and quick takeaways from our weekend in Minneapolis. This includes notes from the 12 sessions and digital resources from the presenters, who included the New York Times’ Kevin Quealy, NPR’s Doug Mitchell, the Washington Post’s Yuri Victor, Placeblogger founder Lisa Williams, Tomorrow Magazine co-founder Amanda Hess, the Denver Post’s Daniel Petty and more.

We also recorded audio from a couple of these workshops. They’re available, along with audio from ONA12, on ONA’s SoundCloud page.

All photos: Jennifer Mizgata, ONA

May 22nd, 2012
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Selected Tools for making data visualizations
The folks at Datavisualization.ch have pulled together a selection of tools that they work with on a daily basis and recommend. The selection includes “libraries for plotting data on maps, frameworks for creating charts, graphs and diagrams and tools to simplify the handling of data.” You can sort by whether or not you want to do your own coding.
Are there any tools that you love to use for building dataviz projects that they left off the list?

Selected Tools for making data visualizations

The folks at Datavisualization.ch have pulled together a selection of tools that they work with on a daily basis and recommend. The selection includes “libraries for plotting data on maps, frameworks for creating charts, graphs and diagrams and tools to simplify the handling of data.” You can sort by whether or not you want to do your own coding.

Are there any tools that you love to use for building dataviz projects that they left off the list?

April 13th, 2012
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Kevin Schaul, 2012 AP-Google Scholarship Recipient 
"Journalists have to be good at many things; that’s the nature of the field. But data journalists have to be good at even more things, especially considering how rapidly technology changes… When the next tool comes out, we’ll all need to relearn parts of our jobs, or take another look at our workflow. That’s why being a quick learner is integral to data journalism."
Data journalist Kevin Schaul discusses building useful tools for newsrooms. The AP- Google Scholarship winner has already built three applications for newsrooms.  Find out more about his projects and learn more about the $20,000 AP-Google Scholarship.

Kevin Schaul, 2012 AP-Google Scholarship Recipient 

"Journalists have to be good at many things; that’s the nature of the field. But data journalists have to be good at even more things, especially considering how rapidly technology changes… When the next tool comes out, we’ll all need to relearn parts of our jobs, or take another look at our workflow. That’s why being a quick learner is integral to data journalism."

Data journalist Kevin Schaul discusses building useful tools for newsrooms. The AP- Google Scholarship winner has already built three applications for newsrooms.  Find out more about his projects and learn more about the $20,000 AP-Google Scholarship.

March 16th, 2012
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March 9th, 2012
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Before you fetch that data, a few principles

Interested in creating data visualizations? Lam Thuy Vo, associate producer for National Public Radio’s Planet Money, has principles and ethics to guide you before you go after that data.

Photo is by Jer Thorp via Flickr.

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