Data, Journalism and the Problem of Narrativity

The following is a written representation of a presentation I gave at SxSW on a panel entitled “Maps of Time: Data as Narrative” (click on the link to listen to the panel) and at POLIS Journalism Conference: Reporting The World #polis12 on a panel entitled “Disruptive Data: How can we use data journalism to investigate more deeply and … Continue Reading →

There’s More Than One Way To Wrangle Data – Recasting with Google, R and Python

Just as facts can be woven in many different ways to produce many different narratives, so data visualisation lends itself to story telling and not just data wrangling. The extra dimension involved in the thing we currently call ‘Data Journalism’, is the fact that there are many different tools with which we weave data into … Continue Reading →

Top 10 Things for getting Started in Data Journalism

Although “data journalism” can encompass infographics, interactives, web apps, FOI, databases and a whole host of other numbering, coding, displaying techniques; the road less travelled-by has certain steps, turns and speed bumps. In that sense, here’s a list of things to tick off if you’re interested in going down the data journalism road: Know the … Continue Reading →

Data Journalism: The Story So Far

And here’s what Tim Berner-Lee, founder of the internet, said regarding the subject of data journalism: Journalists need to be data-savvy… [it's] going to be about poring over data and equipping yourself with the tools to analyse it and picking out what’s interesting. And keeping it in perspective, helping people out by really seeing where it … Continue Reading →

Small Society

The Cabinet Office, in a move towards greater transparency, are attempting to publish all their data online. This isn’t really news but I don’t think news organizations are looking at this data so I’m scraping it and seeing what it has to offer. So as an exercise I’m scraping the page where ministerial gifts, hospitality, travel and … Continue Reading →