You don’t need a big a budget or a big staff to build news applications, and in this great post from non-profit news organisation, MinnPost, Alan Palazzolo writes about some of the ways that they keep it simple but deliver great impact.
Data journalism seems so new, so cutting edge, but it actually has a long history. Numbers have always been a part of journalism, but technology opened up new opportunities to not only use numbers but also analyse them. The technology that has opened up these new horizons goes much farther back than most think, and I’ve found a message from what many argue is the first time a computer was used in journalism.
My friend and former colleague Simon Rogers, editor of the Guardian’s Data blog, has posted a defence of the increasing use of data visualisation. I agree to a point, but I also think it’s really important to remember that visualisations are not the only product of data analysis. They can help readers see patterns in complex sets of data, but… Read more →
Josh Hatch, until recently an interactive director at USAToday.com and now with the Sunlight Foundation, talked about how the organisation loves data. The transparency organisation uses data to show context and relationships. He highlighted how much money Google gave to candidates. Sunlight’s Influence Explorer showed that contributions from the organisation’s employees, their family members, and its political action committee went… Read more →
Tomorrow I fly to Washington ahead of the Online News Association conference. I’ll be doing a pre-conference session next Thursday on real-time coverage with Kathryn Corrick, digital media consultant and ONA UK Chair, Gary Symons of VeriCorder Technology. Kathryn is going to focus on desktop-based real-time coverage. There is a lot that is possible from the newsroom, and often when… Read more →
Next week, I’ll be giving the keynote at the Social Media in Hamburg, and I’ve been asked to speak about the future of context. Bjoern Negelmann asked me a few questions via email about the subject, and he’s kindly allowed me to cross-post the interview for the Social Web World blog. 1) Kevin, as an expert for new digital media… Read more →
When I was at the BBC, a very smart producer, Gill Parker, approached me about pulling together a massive amount of data and information she was collecting with Frank Gardner trying to unravel the events that lead to the 11 September 2001 attacks in the US. Not only had Gill worked on the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme Newsnight and… Read more →
First up, David McCandless’ Billion Pound-O-Gram which very neatly allows us to compare how big various large sums of money are in relationship to each other: Then there’s this Periodic Table of Visualization Methods. Mouseover each ‘element’ for an illustration of the method. And finally, Pedro Cruz’s visualisation of the decline of the world’s four major maritime empires, which is… Read more →