Tag: data

by Akoto Ofori-Atta

At this year’s NICAR event, I attended an hourlong panel called “50 Ideas in 60 Minutes.” I sat, doing my best to keep up as journalists Tyler Dukes and Mc Nelly Torres dexterously moved through a slideshow highlighting some of the most compelling data-driven news stories from recent years, succinctly describing each one in under […] more »

by Lope Gutiérrez-Ruiz

There isn’t a single answer to my challenge of making city data engaging and useful for citizens. During my research, however, I arrived at some insights I hope will help move the conversation about open data forward. We have to flip the open data model: Current “open data” solutions are built based on what data […] more »

by John Clark

I don’t care. It’s a harsh statement that always takes people by surprise when they first hear me say it. It’s one of the first external complaints teams must address, and it lands without warning. Let me be clear, I do care about my teams and their projects. I care deeply about each individual, their […] more »

by T. Christian Miller

After working on many data stories over the years, I’ve figured out a good set of best practices that I wanted to share. It’s not the only way, but it’s been the best way for me to tell a story with data. Step 1: Digitize I can’t emphasize this enough. These days, I try to […] more »

by Kuang Keng Kuek Ser

Since January, I’ve been developing DataN, the affordable, customized training program in data journalism for small newsrooms. Now the program has found its first user: Malaysiakini.com, the most visited news website in Malaysia (and also my former employer). The DataN training program consists of: Pre-training survey and interviews to understand what the newsroom needs and […] more »

by Priya Kumar

An echocardiogram (ECG) — an ultrasound of the heart — cost nearly $11,600 at a hospital in Pennsylvania but only about $400 at a hospital in North Dakota. Medicare gave both hospitals about $400 to cover the cost. This held true around the country; data showed that hospitals charged vastly different amounts for ECGs while […] more »

by Ethan Zuckerman

What’s a “holy shit visualization?” It’s a way of looking at data that turns a statistic you might have flipped past in a book or skimmed by on a web page into something that you can’t forget. It’s a visceral reminder of the power of images and the power of looking at dry numbers in […] more »

by Rahul Bhargava

Can a vegetable tell a story about food access in Somerville? Yep. “70% of Somerville Public School students receive free or reduced lunch” – laser-cut onto a cucumber. In public settings, it can be quite hard to get folks walking by interested in a data-driven argument about your cause. We often argue that a creative […] more »

by Waldo Jaquith

The basic concept behind The State Decoded is both simple and obvious: Create a platform to display laws in a nice, understandable way, using the data already present in those laws. So why hadn’t anybody done it before? Because it’s too hard to do perfectly. The State Decoded is not perfect, by design. Its definition […] more »

by Hetali Lodaya

It’s no secret at Reese News Lab that I’m obsessed with Twitter. From live-tweeting webinars to eavesdropping on summer startup meetings and broadcasting some of those gems to the world, I am convinced of Twitter’s value as an information-spreading platform (and am happy to take any converts along for the ride). But just like any […] more »