The $100,000 Journalism Degree

For about $100,000, Columbia Journalism School will train you to be ready for the next massive leak. Their new master of science degree in data journalism is aimed at students who want "practical, hands-on training essential to producing deeply reported data-driven stories." There is some relief for cash-strapped applicants, however. The school has raised or allocated more than $500,000 to support the program, and students are encouraged to submit their scholarship applications before the Feb. 1 deadline. But, asks Poynter, is $100,000 really realistic for journalism students who are graduating into a shrinking industry where the median pay is $38,870 per year?

Source: Poynter

Posted on: August 7, 2017

Tool: 100,000 Datasets in 100 Countries

A free tool which offers open access to 100,000 public datasets from over 100 countries was released this week by data management and intelligence company Enigma. The tool, called Enigma Public, brings together information from international organizations and federal governments, and local and state governments in the US, spanning subjects such as building permits and fire inspection data, to the contents of shipping containers and financial contributions to political campaigns.

Source: Journalism.co.uk

Posted on: June 22, 2017

HacksLabs Funds Latin Data Journalism Projects

Three Latin American data journalism projects focused on transparency and accountability have won $25,000 grants from HacksLabs. Mexican daily El Universal and Chile's Zoohash will track government spending, while Mexico's Animal Político will map organized crime.

Source: IJNet

Posted on: December 29, 2014

Nonprofits Use Data Journalism To Earn Income

Nonprofits are using data journalism to bring in earned income, diversifying their bases from over-reliance on fundraising. Here are some examples that include selling access (ProPublica), microsurveys (Texas Tribune), and bartering for office space (Voice of San Diego).

Source: PBS Ideas Lab

Posted on: July 26, 2014

6 Mistakes Newspapers Make with Data Journalism

Too much of what is claimed to be “data journalism” in today’s media is really just ego-driven “data porn” — pretty pictures created around numbers with no real reader value, according to Justin Arenstein, the chief strategist and Knight International Fellow at the International Center for Journalists in South Africa.

Source: Inma

Posted on: June 27, 2013

2013 Data Journalism Awards Winners

The Data Journalism Awards are the only international awards for Data-Driven Journalism, recognising excellence in this rapidly growing field of journalism. La Nacion of Argentina for “Argentina’s Senate Expenses, 2004-2013.”, Thomson Reuters for “Connected China” and the BBC, for the “Great British Class Calculator”, are among the eight winners.

Source: Global Editors Network

Posted on: June 26, 2013

20 Data Visualization Tools

Here's a handy guide to 20 data visualisation tools. The list ranges from simple charts to complex maps and infographics. Among the tools: Excel, Google Chart API, Flot, Crossfilter, Tangle, and Modest Maps.

Source: .net magazine

Posted on: June 15, 2013

How To Get Started in Data Journalism

Here's advice on how to start turning statistics into stories. "In the 21st century, almost everything is logged electronically in some way or other. Making sense of the data is a growing necessity among journalists but, for some, that first step from the safe world of words to an alien landscape of numbers can be intimidating".

Source: journalism.co.uk

Posted on: May 20, 2013