Source: Rich Gordon, Knight Lab, Northwestern University
Not a new idea
“I sort of see data journalism ... as social science done on deadline.
“We’re using the tools that social scientists have used for years ... [and] applying those tools to journalism problems and using it to help us tell stories with more authority.”
Source: “‘Social science done on deadline’: Research chat with ASU’s Steve Doig on data journalism,” Journalists’ Resource, Shorenstein Center, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
So what is new?
“The Web is the canvas for CAR ... It has every advantage ... including unlimited depth, the ability to customize or personalize and the luxury of designing a database so that it will truly be useful to readers.”
Source: Derek Willis, “The canvas for CAR” (2007)
“a large web-based interactive database that tells a journalistic story using software instead of words and pictures.”
— Scott Klein, Propublica
Some characteristics of effective news apps:
Highlight the important views before handing over control.
Source: Edward Segel and Jeffrey Heer, “Narrative Visualization: Telling Stories with Data”
Public data that is:
Every table, every ward: 134,567 census mapsSource: Alex Singleton, Census Open Atlas Project (ONS data)