Data Journalism

Chris Knox

Data Editor at the New Zealand Herald (in August 2019)

20 September, 2019


  • What is a chart?
    • Bad charts
    • Chart choice
  • Workbench
  • Maps


In pairs discuss these:

  • What do you think of these approaches?
    • Do you like them?
    • Are there other ways you would prefer to learn about this data?
  • Are they journalism?
  • Are they news?

NZH Improvements

I probably should have included a median income version as well as an average income version.

Back to Labour vs National

What would inflation adjusted median household income look like?

How would you do that?

  • First look on Figure.NZ
  • Follow back to Stats NZ
  • Stats NZ has two primary data sources
  • (At this point you can call StatsNZ)
  • Look in the income sections and look for household income

Data tables have overly complicated names like:

Household income by region, household type, and source of household income

This is useful if you want to do something about regions - but often we just want to look for totals.