FAQ: Books to read in preparation for doing a data journalism course (Online Journalism Blog)

Online Journalism Blog: FAQ: Books to read in preparation for doing a data journalism course. “This latest in the frequently asked questions series is an answer to an aspiring data journalism student who asks ‘Would you be able to direct me to any resources or text books that might help [prepare]?’ Here are some recommendations I give to students on my MA in Data Journalism…”

NiemanLab: The New York Times has a course to teach its reporters data skills, and now they’ve open-sourced it

NiemanLab: The New York Times has a course to teach its reporters data skills, and now they’ve open-sourced it. “It’s unlikely a city hall reporter will ever have occasion to build an iPhone app in Swift, or construct a machine learning model on deadline. But there is definitely a more basic and straightforward set of technical skills — around data analysis — that can be of use to nearly anyone in a newsroom. It ain’t coding, but it’s also not a skillset every reporter has. The New York Times wants more of its journalists to have those basic data skills, and now it’s releasing the curriculum they’ve built in-house out into the world, where it can be of use to reporters, newsrooms, and lots of other people too.”

Tool for journalists: Outriders Network database, for discovering the best interactive storytelling projects (Journalism.co.uk)

Journalism .co.uk: Tool for journalists: Outriders Network database, for discovering the best interactive storytelling projects. “Outriders Network database is a knowledge-sharing platform that features 860+ real-life examples of interactive storytelling and data journalism.”

GIJN: What the Experts Expect for Data Journalism in 2019

Global Investigative Journalism Network: What the Experts Expect for Data Journalism in 2019. “With the global spread of data journalism, the advent of artificial intelligence and the increasing use of big data alongside a rapid rise of disinformation, GIJN asked data journalism experts around the world what they anticipate for 2019. Here are their thoughts on the major trends, ideas and technologies that will affect how we do our jobs.”

Quartz: The US plans to stop releasing its most detailed census data

Quartz: The US plans to stop releasing its most detailed census data. “As a data-focused journalist who writes about economic and demographic trends, I use census data a lot. Specifically, I rely on the individual-level microdata that is released by the bureau and turned into an easily usable format by the Minnesota Population Center. I am among tens of of thousands (pdf) of data analysts who rely on this data to study American poverty, health, and population patterns. The US Census announced this week that, because of privacy concerns, this microdata will no longer be made widely available.”

Online Journalism Blog: How Periodista de Datos aggregated over 300 journalists in Spain and Latin America to help data journalism collaboration

Online Journalism Blog: How Periodista de Datos aggregated over 300 journalists in Spain and Latin America to help data journalism collaboration. “In July an aggregator of data journalists from Spain and Latin America was launched under the name Periodista de Datos. Four months later, Maria Crosas Batista interviewed Félix Arias, project lead with Miguel Carvajal, to find out more about how the project came about — and where they plan to take it next.”