Stanford University: Stanford scholars are helping journalists do investigative journalism through data

Stanford University: Stanford scholars are helping journalists do investigative journalism through data. “A team of Stanford University scholars are launching a data-driven initiative to help journalists find stories at a lower cost, to support local newsrooms explore public interest issues and fight against misinformation.”

Knight Center: Learning materials for popular online course on programming language R are now available

Knight Center: Learning materials for popular online course on programming language R are now available. “An online course on the complex programming language R recently ended with more than 3,300 registered students from 131 countries and all instructional materials for the course are now available. The materials are available to the general public and will act as an ongoing resource for those who are interested in learning more about R.”

Chicago Reader: Invisible Institute launches expanded police misconduct database

Chicago Reader: Invisible Institute launches expanded police misconduct database. “An expansive new version of the Citizens Police Data Project has been unveiled by south-side journalism production company the Invisible Institute. The database, created by independent journalist Jamie Kalven, was already the largest public repository of Chicago police misconduct records. Now it’s quadrupled in size to include more than 240,000 misconduct complaints made against more than 22,000 CPD officers going back to the late 1960s. The database has also been enhanced by the addition of Chicago Police Department use-of-force reports and officer commendation records.”

Google Blog: Making it easier to discover data in Search

Google Blog: Making it easier to discover data in Search. “Based on feedback from 30 of the top data journalists in the world, we identified an opportunity to improve how tabular data appears in Google Search and in doing so make it easier for all people to find the data they’re looking for. It works like this: news organizations that publish data in the form of tables can add additional structured data to make the dataset parts of the page easier to identify for use in relevant Search features. One of the participants, ProPublica has been testing the structured data on its interactive databases (for example, on its Non-profits Explorer).”

Now available under Creative Commons: my book chapter on data journalism (Online Journalism Blog)

Online Journalism Blog: Now available under Creative Commons: my book chapter on data journalism. “When I agreed to write the second edition of the Online Journalism Handbook, I asked that the chapter on data journalism from the 2011 edition of the book be released under a Creative Commons licence. To Routledge’s credit, they agreed. Here, then, I’m making that book chapter available — you can download it from here or access it on Slideshare (embedded below).”

New Tool for Visualizing Campaign Finance Data

The Washington Post has writeup / interview about a new resource for visualizing campaign finance data. “My New York University colleague Meredith Broussard recently debuted a new website, Campaign-finance.org, that provides tools for visualizing campaign finance data related to the 2016 U.S. election campaign. What follows is a lightly edited transcript of an email conversation we had regarding the website, her motivation for building it, what’s being done with it so far, and more general challenges facing the field of data journalism…”