Tag: data analysis

by Raymond Joseph

“If you build it, they will come” is the classic line uttered by the character played by Kevin Costner in the 1989 hit movie “Field of Dreams.” It tells the story of an Iowa farmer who keeps hearing voices telling him to plough up his corn fields and build a baseball stadium in the middle […] more »

by Chris Roper

It’s a truism, albeit an often neglected one, that journalists should write stories for particular, defined audiences, not for themselves, their peers or some fondly cherished but imaginary ideal reader. In too many cases, this is an instinctive process. A journalist embodies the particular brand he or she works for, the audience is a construct […] more »

by Ryan Thornburg

The key lesson from the first year of our Knight News Challenge grant? The future of data journalism and digital public records at rural newspapers depends on building a product that balances the needs of three key audiences: the consumers, professional reporters and content sponsors. The first year of work on OpenBlock Rural focused on […] more »

by Brian Boyer

What’s got rows and columns and sucks at data? Excel. Though to be fair, we misuse it. Excel was built for spreadsheets, but it’s become most folks’ go-to kit for poking at data. It’s installed on your computer. It opens CSV files. It’s what you know. Of course, databases are great at data, but they’re […] more »