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Designing data journalism courses: reflections on a decade of teaching 

21 Jun 18

Students from the MA Data Journalism join conference attendees in a session at the Data Journalism UK conference In this second extract from a commentary for Asia Pacific Media Educator I reflect on the lessons learned from a decade of teaching …

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Teaching data journalism — fast and slow 

19 Jun 18

Lecture theatre image by judy dean I’ve now been teaching data journalism for over a decade — from one-off guest classes at universities with no internal data journalism expertise, to entire courses dedicated to the field.

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3 concepts from archive studies that every data journalist should know 

5 Jun 18

Image by Takashi Toyooka Some useful frameworks for judging data from archival field outlined by @JamesLowryRAI at #datajustice18 in relation to Kenyan open data – including provenance (in that case opaque), custody (undocumented) and curation (no …

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GEN Summit: AI’s breakthrough year in publishing 

4 Jun 18

This week’s GEN Summit marked a breakthrough moment for artificial intelligence (AI) in the media industry.

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This is what I learned after teaching chatbots to journalists: 3 takeaways for newsrooms 

31 May 18

In a guest post for OJB  Maria Crosas points out three main takeaways that newsrooms should consider when aiming for a complete chatbot experience.

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How to use a Twitter hack to check what a group of people were tweeting on a particular day 

29 May 18

Want to see what your Twitter timeline would’ve looked like 10 years ago today, if you followed all the same people you do now? https://t.

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How to: uncover Excel data only revealed by a drop-down menu 

15 May 18

Sometimes an organisation will publish a spreadsheet where only a part of the full data is shown when you select from a drop-down menu.

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Wanted: MA Data Journalism applicants to work with Haymarket Automotive 

23 Apr 18

image: Haymarket One of the industry partners for the MA in Data Journalism is Haymarket Automotive ( What Car? , PistonHeads and Autocar ) — we’re now inviting applications from people who are particularly interested in studying data journalism…

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Britain does a great job of opening its data, except for what journalists really want 

16 Apr 18

Fighting with inflatable hammers? Image by Joe Shlabotnik .

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2018 has been a good year for UK local data journalism — here’s the story so far 

27 Mar 18

Calendar image by keso s Local data journalism in the UK has been undergoing a quiet revolution in the last 12 months, but 2018 in particular has seen a number of landmarks already in its first few months.

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FAQ: Is UGC more helpful or harmful to journalism? 

17 Mar 18

The latest set of questions in the semi-regular FAQ section on this blog are about UGC , and come from a student at Liverpool John Moores.

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On International Women’s Day here are 7 data journalism projects about women’s issues 

8 Mar 18

Photo: Pixabay Women represent 49.5% of the world’s population, but they do not have a corresponding public, political and social influence.

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3 weeks left to enter the Data Journalism Awards 

5 Mar 18

One of the projects from last year’s winning portfolio in the young data journalist category The deadline for the Data Journalism Awards is now just 3 weeks away.

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Text-as-data journalism? Highlights from a decade of SOTU speech coverage 

5 Feb 18

January 2012: The National Post’s graphics team analyzes keywords used in State of the Union addresses by presidents Bush and Obama / Image: © Richard Johnson/The National Post In a guest post for OJB, Barbara Maseda looks at how the media has …

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What do journalists do with large amounts of text? 

2 Feb 18

Photo: Pixabay Barbara Maseda is on a John S.

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The first central database of victims in the Spanish Civil War and the Franco regime 

15 Jan 18

Bombings in Barcelona in 1938 (Image by Italian Airforce under CC) In a guest post for OJB, Carla Pedret looks at a new data journalism project to catalogue what happened during the Spanish Civil War.

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Now available under Creative Commons: my book chapter on data journalism 

8 Jan 18

When I agreed to write the second edition of the Online Journalism Handbook , I asked that the chapter on data journalism from the 2011 edition of the book be released under a Creative Commons licence.

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FAQ: How the use of UGC and verification has changed in journalism 

6 Jan 18

Photo by Autowitch The latest in my series of FAQ posts comes from a current MA Online Journalism student, who is writing an article for a German publication.

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FAQ: Top 3 tips for journalists wanting to get started in data journalism 

27 Dec 17

Photo by Benjamin Reay The latest in my series of FAQ posts comes from the National University of Sciences Technology (NUST) in Pakistan.

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All my data journalism ebooks are $5 or less this Christmas 

21 Dec 17

The prices of my 3 data journalism ebooks — Data Journalism Heist , Finding Stories in Spreadsheets and Scraping for Journalists — have been cut to $5 on Leanpub in the lead up to Christmas.

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How we did it: investigating Nigerian football agents 

19 Dec 17

Last year I was part of a team — with Yemisi Akinbobola and  Ogechi Ekeanyawu — that won a CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year award for an investigation into Nigerian football agents .

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Local journalism is getting more data-driven — and other thoughts on Data Journalism UK 2017 

13 Dec 17

Megan Lucero of the Bureau Local – photo: Jonny Jacobsen Last week I hosted the second annual Data Journalism UK conference — a convenient excuse to bring together speakers from the news media, industry experts, charities and startups working in …

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Here are all the presentations from Data Journalism UK 2017 

11 Dec 17

Megan Lucero at Data Journalism UK 2017.

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Announcing a part time PGCert in Data Journalism 

7 Dec 17

Earlier this year I announced a new MA in Data Journalism .

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How to: get started with SQL in Carto and create filtered maps 

1 Dec 17

Today I will be introducing my MA Data Journalism students to SQL (Structured Query Language), a language used widely in data journalism to query databases, datasets and APIs.