Author Archives: Michael Greenfield

Interview with Open Knowledge Foundation’s Jonathan Gray

Jonathan Gray (@jwyg) went to OKF Co-Founder Rufus Pollock about five years ago with a one page document which many moons later turned into WhereDoesMyMoneyGo.org. Since then he’s been working hard to make it easier to find and reuse all kinds of … Continue reading

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‘Data porn’ – where is the journalism?

With a name like Chart Porn, you might get a few disappointed visitors to your website.  It describes itself as ‘An addictive collection of beautiful charts, graphs, maps, and interactive data visualization toys — on topics from around the world.‘ … Continue reading

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Interview with BBC Information Architect Silver Oliver

Silver Oliver works in the BBC’s Future Media & Technology department.  He focuses on web semantics and linked data.  This all sounds a little complicated, so we asked him to explain what the BBC is doing to keep up to … Continue reading

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The Budget 2011 and data journalism

The Budget announcement is all about numbers, and lots of them.  This is data that affects everyone in the UK in some form or another.  There is huge potential for good data journalism, so where do you start? Where to … Continue reading

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Does data journalism work for all media platforms?

When reading a blog post entitled ‘Where should an aspiring data journalist start?‘ I came across a very interesting conversation in the comments section. A journalist called Matt said: ‘A key issue for me is humanising the data – trying … Continue reading

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Data journalism explained and used in online videos

After trawling through YouTube, here are some good explanations/uses of data journalism in video format. 1.  It seems that data has become an art – take a look at this report on BBC Newsnight from August 2010. 2.  David McCandless‘ … Continue reading

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Building a data set and visualising it – a day in the life of a data journalist

So after reading and writing about data journalism, it was time for me to actually immerse myself and become a data journalist (for a day at least). To understand the role properly, I decided to go through the whole process … Continue reading

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Simon Rogers interview: Being a Data Journalist

Simon Rogers (@smfrogers) is a data journalism guru.  As Editor of The Guardian Data Store and DataBlog, he has been right at the centre of the biggest data driven stories of recent years. So what better person to interview for … Continue reading

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Is the reader now doing the data journalist’s job?

The opportunity for citizen journalism is no more apparent than in data.  The mainstream media outlets are effectively begging their readers to help them.  With hundreds of thousands of documents to get through, more hands means less work.  Open data … Continue reading

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What exactly is data journalism used for?

‘Extracting key facts from the big news stories and publishing them in machine-readable format so talented creative people can make beautiful displays.’ Lisa Evans, The Guardian We are in the midst of data journalism’s golden era.  I know this may … Continue reading

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