Pioneers of data journalism: The Guardian

April 8, 2011
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Turning data into a story. The Guardian does it best.

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Exclusive interview with Patrick Smith, editor of The Media Briefing

March 31, 2011
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Piechart Polly is thrilled to annouce she has wangled an exclusive interview with Patrick Smith. In case you’re not familiar with this online whizz and self-professed twitter fiend here’s a quick bio. Age: 28 Occupation: Freelance journalist. Positions: Editor and chief analyst of The Media Briefing, a real-time intelligence platform. Previous work: UK correspondent for […]

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Average penis and breast size by country: here’s the data

March 31, 2011
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These must be some of the web’s best infographics. One map shows the average breast size by country; the other, penis size in inches. Fun, huh? The first thing I did was look to see which country I fit in to… Did you? The United States and Russia comes off pretty well in the bust-department. […]

How to use Google Refine

March 31, 2011
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So, you’ve found some data but how on earth do you make any sense of it? Well you can use a programme such as Google Refine, built especially for people wanting to make sense of data (hurrah!). Google Refine aims to work with messy data by cleaning it up and transforming it from one format […]

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City Uni launches interactive journalism MA

March 31, 2011
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City University, London is launching a pioneering MA in Interactive Journalism this September. The course, developed by Paul Bradshaw, visiting professor and online journalism module leader at City, and Jonathan Hewett, director of newspaper journalism at City, will prepare students to work in the rapidly-changing environment of online journalism, with a focus on data journalism […]

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Interview with Simon Rogers, Editor of the Guardian’s Data Blog

March 31, 2011
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Data Deborah and Spreadsheet Sue have been working hard on XCity magazine for the past few weeks. Simon Rogers was recently awarded the inaugural XCity Award, which you can read about in full here, but he also spoke to us about data. Watch the video below to hear his thoughts on infographics, crowdsourcing the MP’s […]

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New Data Shows The Big Society is Failing

March 31, 2011
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New figures, published by the Department for Communities and Local Government, show that people educated to degree level are 20 per cent more likely to volunteer than those with no qualifications at all. This could be interpreted by some as another sign that the Coalition Government is only interested in the top end of society. […]

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