The Data Journalism Handbook
How Journalists Can Use Data to Improve the News
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: July 2012
Pages: 242

When you combine the sheer scale and range of digital information now available with a journalist’s "nose for news" and her ability to tell a compelling story, a new world of possibility opens up. With The Data Journalism Handbook, you’ll explore the potential, limits, and applied uses of this new and fascinating field.

This valuable handbook has attracted scores of contributors since the European Journalism Centre and the Open Knowledge Foundation launched the project at MozFest 2011. Through a collection of tips and techniques from leading journalists, professors, software developers, and data analysts, you’ll learn how data can be either the source of data journalism or a tool with which the story is told—or both.

  • Examine the use of data journalism at the BBC, the Chicago Tribune, the Guardian, and other news organizations
  • Explore in-depth case studies on elections, riots, school performance, and corruption
  • Learn how to find data from the Web, through freedom of information laws, and by "crowd sourcing"
  • Extract information from raw data with tips for working with numbers and statistics and using data visualization
  • Deliver data through infographics, news apps, open data platforms, and download links
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    4.0

    Journalists! Upgrade Yourselves!!

    By Pasan Wijesinghe

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      Comments about oreilly The Data Journalism Handbook:

      This is a handbook. It is in the name itself. It is a handbook for journalists who want to be journalists for the rest of their career. Journalists who are not willing to adapt for the new era of data journalism should probably start looking for some other career.

      Being a short read and taking a scenario based approach, the book defines what data journalism means to a journalist. The 'articles' expected by today's readers are not mere text filled with your own judgment and explanations. They want it to be both interactive and 'well-nourished' with a vast amount of data presented in a digestible format.

      The authors explain how to be the journalist in the modern press room. Being able to write, does not ensure your success. Not even your survival.

      *You need to have the overall idea of how the data is presented to the audience(charts/infographics/animations/virtual tours)
      *You should be able to get what you want from the 'hackers'. I like the part they say first go to the IT department and make friends with some guys there!
      *You need to have basic computer skills like Excel and Google Docs. A little Python/Perl will be an added advantage.

      That's how this book helps a journalist. There is another side. Data journalism provides opportunities to the hacker(with a sense of what's happening around!) too. Read this handbook to understand how to be that IT guy who is a sensation in the media department!
      I'm Reviewing this product under O'reilly Blogger Review Program

       
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      Inspiring Examples and case studies.

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        Comments about oreilly The Data Journalism Handbook:

        Earlier, I had shared an insight from the Book with you, Here it is: "World has changed, from what's NEW to "what does it all Mean" – This means that Professionals who focus on reporting "what's new" would soon be "out of job". And they should start equip themselves with Analytics skills that helps them uncover insights from all the news around us and help us all make sense of information that's all around us.

        To that end, The book "Data Journalism" is a great inspiration for Journalist and it seems it's meant to encourage journalist to start embracing the change. It inspires Journalists to think of stories and find data about it. So what's it for Data Geeks? It encourages Data Geeks to help journalists weave story around the data that they found. The book also outlines resources that Data Geeks could use.

        Now, Two things I really Liked about the book:

        1. Examples & case-studies, Lots of them! very inspiring!

        2. I came to know about Tools that I didn't knew about before. I am going to use them!

        You can read the book online (web version) for free here: http://datajournalismhandbook.org/

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        La revancha de Mycroft

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          Comments about oreilly The Data Journalism Handbook:

          En la obra de Conan Doyle Mycroft Holmes era mucho más inteligente que su hermano pero en lugar de dedicarse a perseguir al crímen recopilaba y analizaba datos de diferentes orígenes para beneficio del gobierno británico. Este libro reivindíca el rol de los "Mycrofts" del periodismo quienes en lugar de salir a buscar noticias las generan utilizando las nuevas tecnologías y los datos disponibles de diversas fuentes.

          Resultado de un seminario de 48 hras en Londres, el texto comienza analizando que es el periodismo de datos y su rol dentro del periodísmo en general, a continuación pone ejemplos de su utilización en medios electronicos e impresos para luego dedicarse a la obtención, análisis y presentación de los mismos.

          Merecen destacarse dos aspectos; el que este libro esté disponible bajo licencia Creative Commons y que sea una obra en construcción a la que los lectores pueden aportar sus experiencias

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          Kick-off your Data Journalism project

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            Comments about oreilly The Data Journalism Handbook:

            Expand your histories with data, to give readers more ideas or to explain complicated subjects. This book is full of anecdotes and case study from teams around the world that have done it.
            You will find references to tools, where to find data, how to handle it, etc

             
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            Catching an Emerging Trend

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              Comments about oreilly The Data Journalism Handbook:

              This early release version of the Data Journalism Handbook extends beyond the realms of 'journalism' as it is traditionally defined. This handbook is lavishly illustrated and directs to URLs for further discussion. I found that the questions posed in the ongoing discussion clearly identified and support the handbook form of ongoing discussion rather than a direct narrative. I found that this worked for me and I tended to move back and forth through the handbook attracted to specific questions and consumed the book piecemeal. I expect most people will find this the most useful way to consume it. As it is an assemblage of contributions from a wide ranging group, the style of prose does tend to vary somewhat between sections, but I am struck that it lends a surprising freshness. Most importunely, this handbook is very comprehensive and current. As with any of these printed works in emerging fields the challenge will be to keep it current over time, but I have sense that this one in particular will age well due to its richly diverse sourcing and reflection.

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