Paul Bradshaw from Birmingham City University says:
Data can be the source of data journalism, or it can be the tool with which the story is told — or it can be both.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism says:
Data journalism is simply journalism.
The former is a new and trendy term but ultimately, it is just a way of describing journalism in the modern world.
- Where and how to get data in New Zealand
- How to use data for and in stories
- Confidence to source and use data in a story
- Data is not scary
- Data is (just) another source
- Just like other sources data must be treated fairly and in context
One number in isolation is almost certainly misleading
Not sure exactly what to call it - but I think it is important.
Sometimes what isn't measured is more interesting that what is.
- Different charts will highlight different aspects of your data more effectively.
- Choose the chart that shows the aspect of the data that you are interested in
- Line and Bar charts are often a safe choice
- Take care with maps and pie charts
- Charts and graphs can be used to deceive
- Don't do this.
The most common bad things are:
- Incorrect, missing, or misleading labels
- Inconsistenct scales
- Truncating scales
- Comparing things that shouldn't be
- Too many things
- Barcharts always start at 0
- Line charts don't need to start at 0, but always ask yourself if the range you select is going to make an insignificant change look important
- Only use pie charts for parts of a whole and only when there are less than 5 categories
- Avoid maps for showing quantities
New Zealand is a mess (this doesn't cover DHBs, Police Districts, Civil Defense, or Fire and Emergency areas)
There are no suburbs
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