How to Make Audiences Love Good Journalism

Changing the way accountability stories are written takes research, preparation, listening and even a bit of psychology. In an excerpt from from a recent American Press Institute report, here are some recommendations from experts about persuasion and communications — as well as examples from news organizations that are using non-narrative, data and visual elements to make the best of journalism better for audiences.

Top Ten #ddj: This Week’s Top Data Journalism

What’s the global #ddj community tweeting about? Our NodeXL mapping from June 19 to 25 includes Germany’s housing discrimination problem by @SPIEGELONLINE and @br_data, data on police interaction with the public from @StanfordEng and @StanfordJourn and a report on big data for gender from @Data2X.

How Univision Revealed Flaws in Costa Rica’s Judicial System

Four years of work and 8,000 judicial rulings later, the team at Univision Data shows how in Costa Rica, a person is more likely to be convicted of a crime if they are assigned a public defense attorney than if they have a private one. Their methodology included web scraping, R and logistic regression — a statistical method common in social sciences but practically unexplored in newsrooms.