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Four short links: 1 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 1, 2014

Connected for a Purpose (Jim Stogdill) — At a recent conference, an executive at a major auto manufacturer described his company’s efforts to digitize their line-up like this: “We’re basically wrapping a two-ton car around an iPad. Eloquent critique of …

Four short links: 23 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 23, 2014

Microsoft Research Adopts Open Access Policy for Publications — +1 Light Table is Open Source — this matters because these experiments in semantic interactivity inform technical UIs of the future, and the more ubiquitous this code is then the more …

Knight news winners, a journalist-summoning app, and an analysis of Forbes and new media.

By Janaya Williams
January 17, 2014

Knight news announced the seven newest winners of their news challenge grants this week. For this round, the challenge focused on health data. The projects include a personal monitor which will allow people to do their own chemical analysis of …

Secure Reporting, a new life for EveryBlock, and predictions for 2014.

By Janaya Williams
December 20, 2013

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 2013 was the second worst year on record for imprisoning journalists around the world for doing their work. Which makes this story from PBS Idea Lab all the more important: How Journalists Can …

Four short links: 9 December 2013

By Nat Torkington
December 9, 2013

Reform Government Surveillance — hard not to view this as a demarcation dispute. “Ruthlessly collecting every detail of online behaviour is something we do clandestinely for advertising purposes, it shouldn’t be corrupted because of your obsession over national security!” Brian …

A new data working group from BBC News, a data library adds uploading capabilities, and a timeline of data journalism.

By Janaya Williams
December 6, 2013

BBC News is the latest media company to create a working group tasked with developing “innovative and experimental” journalism projects. The BBC ‘NewsLabs’ team will focus on data journalism and data visualization.  The Guardian calls it a  ‘back to the …

Four short links: 2 December 2013

By Nat Torkington
December 2, 2013

CalTech Machine Learning Video Library — a pile of video introductions to different machine learning concepts. Awesome Pokemon Hack — each inventory item has a number associated with it, they are kept at a particular memory location, and there’s a …

Four Short Links: 25 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 25, 2013

Drone Journalism — “The newspaper was for still images,” said Mr. Whyld, who builds his own drones, “but the Internet is for this.” is the money shot from a NY Times piece (not linked to directly, as is paywalled) Best …

Pulling a Dick Cheney, context, and just getting started in data journalism

By Janaya Williams
November 23, 2013

The New York Times is replacing Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog (which Silver took to ESPN back in July) with a brand new site intended to “produce clear analytical reporting and writing on opinion polls, economic indicators, politics, policy, education, and …

Data journalism’s secrets, no more math-bashing, and a new way to create visualizations.

By Janaya Williams
November 9, 2013

The ProPublica Nerd Blog this week features an article by Hassel Fallas, a data journalist at  La Nación in Costa Rica. Fallas was a 2013 Fellow at the International Center for Journalists, where she studied up on Data-Driven Journalism’s Secrets. …

Data journalism and social media merge, a call-out for ‘crap’ data journalism, and tips for creating a data resume.

By Janaya Williams
October 31, 2013

I suppose it was only a matter of time before the worlds of data journalism and social media cozied up and got comfortable.  The London office of the Trinity Mirror announced that their new initiative, Mysterious Project Y, will focus …

Journalism’s new scoop, learning from Harry Potter, and meeting designers more than half way.

By Janaya Williams
October 18, 2013

As an aspiring journalist, I worked in the Washington Post newsroom in an entry-level position that used to be known as a “copy boy”. (Later updated to the more inclusive “copy aide.”) I loved taking in the energy of the …

Making corrections to data stories, a Brazilian hackday, and the ‘truth’ about big data and agnostic storytelling.

By Janaya Williams
October 11, 2013

A few weeks ago in this space, I wrote about efforts to create a corrections policy for data journalists. It turns out, the Toronto Star needed this policy sooner rather than later, after a summer intern pitched and created a …

Finding data after the shutdown, workarounds for reporters, and teaching a journalism MOOC.

By Janaya Williams
October 3, 2013

When a government shutdown renders government data websites useless, what’s a data journalist to do? This week, reporters hoping to gather data from sites like the US Census Bureau, the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, and the Bureau of Economic …

Ethics in data journalism, the Geojournalism Handbook, and the very first Nate Silver.

By Janaya Williams
September 26, 2013

As is the case with practitioners of most emerging and rapidly expanding fields, data journalists are finding it increasingly necessary to generate a code of sorts to deal with ethical issues and problems. In The Times Regrets the Programmer Error, …

Data journalism’s ‘secret weapon’, data newswires, and the newest data-scraping tools for journalists.

By Janaya Williams
September 13, 2013

When investigative reporter and journalism instructor Chad Skelton needed help writing a curriculum for a data journalism course, he turned to NICAR-L, the email listerv for the National Institute of Computer Assisted Reporting, for advice.  Skelton says that virtually every …

Latin America’s Media Party, Tow/ Knight Research Projects, and why necessity is the mother of invention.

By Janaya Williams
August 29, 2013

Fun fact: Over the last 2 years, the Buenos Aires delegation of Hacks/Hackers has grown to be the second largest chapter in the world, with more than 2200 members. (New York City is the largest.) This weekend, the city hosts …

Understanding education data, A/B testing in the newsroom, and ProPublica’s sister site in Thailand.

By Janaya Williams
August 22, 2013

The 2013 Excellence in Journalism conference kicks off this Friday in Anaheim, California. Sessions of interest to data journalists include: best practices for pulling diversity data from census figures, journalists and coding, and storytelling with Google Maps, which provides an …

Four short links: 14 August 2013

By Nat Torkington
August 12, 2013

bookcision — bookmarklet to download your Kindle highlights. (via Nelson Minar) Algorithm for a Perfectly Balanced Photo Gallery — remember this when it comes time to lay out your 2013 “Happy Holidays!” card. Long Stories (Fast Company Labs) — Our …

Citizen Bezos, ultralight content management systems, and byline analysis at the New York Times.

By Janaya Williams
August 7, 2013

If last week’s news belonged to Nate Silver and his transformation of journalism, this week belongs to Jeff Bezos, and the hopeful speculation from many corners about his ability to revamp newspapers’ struggling business model. Slate concludes that If Anyone …

Data science in the public interest, ‘digital media data gurus’, and a comic about dirty data.

By Janaya Williams
July 31, 2013

Data science in the public interest is en vogue, as collaborations between data scientists, nonprofits and human rights groups are springing up everywhere. Journalists at the Knight Foundation are following suit. This week, the foundation gave details about it’s $2 …

Nate Silver’s big move, tips for journalists at hackathons, and the limitations of polling Twitter

By Janaya Williams
July 25, 2013

The big news in data journalism this week was Nate Silver’s announcement that he’s leaving the New York Times and taking his FiveThirtyEight franchise to ESPN. The chatteratti immediately weighed in: TIME credits Nate Silver with elevating data journalism to …

Protecting US reporters’ records, data mining tools, and congressional acronym abuse

By Janaya Williams
July 18, 2013

It seems that new data journalism tools are being released every day. The latest data journalism tools include: CivOmega, a modular prototype for government data that allows developers to plug in their own APIs and Fact Tank, a new data …

Rapid growth, open data, and the three people every data journalism team needs.

By Janaya Williams
July 3, 2013

A flurry of articles are published each week purporting to give us a “progress report” on the state of data journalism. This week, Frederic Filloux of the Guardian and former Financial Times Journalist Tom Forensky debate whether the quality of …

Free Tableau for reporters, data journalism award winners, and handling data sets about race

By Janaya Williams
June 26, 2013

I think we can all agree that “free” is usually a good thing. To that end, investigative journalists got a huge boost this week from Tableau, which has decided to provide journalists with free licenses for their desktop professional software. …

What journalists can learn from gamers, using ‘citizen sensors’, and best hits of a data pioneer

By Janaya Williams
June 20, 2013

As the field grows, and the demands for “data journalists” proliferate, journalists find themselves walking a fine line between embracing technology’s potential in the field, and never losing sight of the crucial role of the journalist — which has traditionally …

Data Journalists Gather, Transparency, and Data Viz

By Janaya Williams
June 13, 2013

Data journalism is becoming a truly global practice.  Data journalists from the UK, China, and the US are sharing data-oriented best practices, insights, and tools. Journalists in Latin America are meeting this week to push for more transparency and access …

Strata Week: Movers and shakers on the data journalism front

By Jenn Webb
April 19, 2013

Reuters launches Connected China, Pew instructs on downloading its data, and Twitter gets a data editor Yue Qiu and Wenxiong Zhang took a look this week at a data journalism effort by Reuters, the Connected China visualization application. Qiu and …

Finding and telling data-driven stories in billions of tweets

By Alex Howard
April 18, 2013

Twitter has hired its first data editor. Simon Rogers, one of the leading practitioners of data journalism in the world, will join Twitter. He will be moving his family from London to San Francisco and applying his skills to telling data-driven …

Sprinting toward the future of Jamaica

By Alex Howard
April 18, 2013

Creating the conditions for startups to form is now a policy imperative for governments around the world, as Julian Jay Robinson, minister of state in Jamaica’s Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, reminded the attendees at the “Developing the …

Publishing News: The SCOTUS “first sale” ruling spells trouble ahead for publishers

By Jenn Webb
March 22, 2013

Publishers express disappointment in SCOTUS “first sale” ruling Headline news this week was the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of the student textbook seller in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., in which the court upheld the “first …

Sensoring the news

By Alex Howard
March 22, 2013

When I went to the 2013 SXSW Interactive Festival to host a conversation with NPR’s Javaun Moradi about sensors, society and the media, I thought we would be talking about the future of data journalism. By the time I left …

Why I’m changing my tune on paywalls

By Mac Slocum
March 18, 2013

The Pew Research Center is out with its annual “State of the News Media” report. Much of it is what you’d expect: newspapers and local television are struggling, mobile is rising, digital revenue hasn’t — and can’t — replace traditional …

Visualization of the Week: Sequester cuts by state

By Jenn Webb
March 6, 2013

The sequester went into effect in the U.S. on Friday, and media outlets are busy fleshing out practical consequences and looking for solutions. Ryan Murphy at The Texas Tribune dug into the state-level data released by the White House (in …

Four short links: 1 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 1, 2013

Drone Journalism — two universities in the US have already incorporated drone use in their journalism programs. The Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska and the Missouri Drone Journalism Program at the University of Missouri both teach journalism …

Looking at the many faces and forms of data journalism

By Alex Howard
February 7, 2013

Over the past year, I’ve been investigating data journalism. In that work, I’ve found no better source for understanding the who, where, what, how and why of what’s happening in this area than the journalists who are using and even …

Publishing News: Pushing ebooks beyond skeuomorph boundaries

By Jenn Webb
February 1, 2013

Screens should be portals, not skeuomorphic containers Jeff Gomez, VP of online consumer sales and marketing at Penguin Group, took a look this week at the issue of ebooks in the publishing ecosystem and argued that “we’re focusing in all …

Four short links: 30 January 2013

By Nat Torkington
January 30, 2013

Chinese Attack UAV (Alibaba) — Small attack UAV is characterized with small size, light weight, convenient carrying, rapid outfield expansion procedure, easy operation and maintenance; the system only needs 2-3 operators to operate, can be carried by surveillance personnel to …

Out of Eden

By Gretchen Giles
January 11, 2013

While it took the human race about 60,000 years to walk from Ethiopia to Patagonia, Paul Salopek aims to do it in just seven. Salopek, 50, set off yesterday, Jan. 10, on this 21,000-mile journey carrying just a simple backpack. …

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Want to analyze performance data for accountability? Focus on quality first.

By Alex Howard
January 10, 2013

Here’s an ageless insight that will endure well beyond the “era of big data“: poor collection practices and aging IT will derail any institutional efforts to use data analysis to improve performance. According to an investigation by the Los Angeles …

Four short links: 2 January 2013

By Nat Torkington
January 2, 2013

2013 Spring PenApps — a student-run hackathon held at the University of Pennsylvania, biggest university hackathon in the world. (via Jim Stogdill) uncrustify — Source Code Beautifier for C, C++, C#, ObjectiveC, D, Java, Pawn and VALA. Mirror of 28C3 …

14 big trends to watch in 2013

By Alex Howard
December 22, 2012

2012 was a remarkable year for technology, government and society. In our 2012 year in review, we looked back at 10 trends that mattered. Below, we look ahead to the big ideas and technologies that will change the world, again. …

Big, open and more networked than ever: 10 trends from 2012

By Alex Howard
December 22, 2012

In 2012, technology-accelerated change around the world was driven by the wave of social media, data and mobile devices. In this year in review, we look back at some of the stories that mattered here at Radar and look ahead …

Data journalism: From eccentric to mainstream in five years

By Ron Miller
December 20, 2012

Simon Rogers (@smfrogers), editor of The Guardian’s Datablog and Datastore, and a speaker at the upcoming Strata Conference in California, was one of the first data journalists at The Guardian. In the following interview, Rogers discusses the changes he’s seen …

Six ways data journalism is making sense of the world, around the world

By Alex Howard
December 20, 2012

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 …

Publishing News: It’s time to embrace mobile

By Jenn Webb
December 14, 2012

Here are a few stories from the publishing space that caught my attention this week. Readers are going mobile, so too should publishers In a recent video interview with Shama.TV, Cheezburger Network CEO Ben Huh talks about the future of …

Visualization of the Week: On tour with the Rolling Stones for 50 years

By Jenn Webb
December 5, 2012

The Rolling Stones have reached their 50th anniversary milestone. The band celebrated by kicking off an anniversary tour, and the team over at CartoDB took the opportunity to test their new CartoDB Javascript library and visualize The Rolling Stones’ complete …

As digital disruption comes to Africa, investing in data journalism takes on new importance

By Alex Howard
November 29, 2012

This interview is part of our ongoing look at the people, tools and techniques driving data journalism. I first met Justin Arenstein (@justinarenstein) in Chişinău, Moldova, where the media entrepreneur and investigative journalist was working as a trainer at a …

Investigating data journalism

By Alex Howard
November 26, 2012

Great journalism has always been based on adding context, clarity and compelling storytelling to facts. While the tools have improved, the art is the same: explaining the who, what, where, when and why behind the story. The explosion of data, …

Four short links: 8 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
November 8, 2012

Closely — new startup by Perry Evans (founder of MapQuest), giving businesses a simple app to track competitors’ online deals and social media activity. Seems a genius move to me: so many businesses flounder online, “I don’t know what to …

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