Data Journalism Starter Guide

I made a resource guide for someone who was interested in learning more about data journalism and thought I might as well share it here too! Includes links to data newsrooms, industry resources/associations, conferences, twitter accts to follow, etc!

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Data Journalism Starter Guide

I made a resource guide for someone who was interested in learning more about data journalism and thought I might as well share it here too! Includes links to data newsrooms, industry resources/associations, conferences, twitter accts to follow, etc!

journalism, news, data

Resource Guide for Data Journalists or those who want to learn more or break into the field!

This is in no particular order and is by no means comprehensive, dm @ nickicamberg on Twitter if there’s something you think should be added or if you have any questions or a particularly good knock knock joke!

Data Focused Newsrooms / Newsrooms that do cool data stories!

* The Markup

* Non profit data driven newsroom, covers tech and its impact on society

* The Upshot

* The New York Times data team

* Github:

* LA Times

* Have a great data team!! No specific page on their site though

* Github:

* The Pudding

* Fun data driven stories about pop culture and stuff like that, have this thing called the pudding cup every year where you can submit stories and win awards

* The Economist (graphic detail)

* Clean, good charts and they also have a weekly newsletter explaining their process, linked below

* FiveThirtyEight

* One of the first mainstream data centric outlets, started by Nate Silver - focused mainly on politics and sports

* Github:

* Propublica

* Non profit investigative newsroom in NYC, does some amazing deep dives into data and has a thing called the “data store” where they post all their data sets (some for free, some for a cost)

* The Marshall Project

* Nonprofit newsroom covering criminal justice issues, also do a lot of great data stories

* Axios

* Their viz team does a lot of nice charts!

* Flowingdata

* Not really a newsroom but more of a website about data and viz, run by Nathan Yau

* Bloomberg Graphics

* Really slick, clean style and a lot of data stories

* Chalkbeat

* Non profit newsroom covering education stories, do a lot of data based reporting

* Votebeat

* Chalkbeat but for elections, is their sister newsroom

* inewssource

* “nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom in San Diego committed to exposing wrongdoing and holding powerful people and institutions accountable.”

* Kontinentalist

* Really cool site that focuses on “data driven stories about Asia”

* Beautiful aesthetic

* Washington Post (aka WaPo)

* Don’t have a link to all their data stories but they do some amazing stuff, like their police shooting database

* The Financial Times

* They have a great visual team!

* Reveal

* Run by the Center for Investigative Reporting, do some data based reporting

* Grist

* Cool aesthetic, focus on climate and environmental reporting, great visual storytellers

* The 19th

* Are getting more into data stories, are an “independent, nonprofit newsroom reporting at the intersection of gender, politics and policy,” based in Texas

* Are known for having really great benefits and salaries for their employees, setting a great example for what should be standard hiring practices

* The Intercept

* Non profit newsroom, does some cool data projects


* Data Viz Dispatch

* From Datawrapper, “Every week, we show the most beautiful big and small data visualizations from newsrooms and other organizations all over the world.”

* Great way to see cool charts from around the world and get inspo!

* Off the Charts

* The Economist, weekly newsletter that goes through their data journalism process

* Numlock News

* Run by Walter Hickey from Insider, who describes it as a “daily newsletter about cool numbers in the news.”

* The Why Axis

* Run by Christopher Ingraham, who says “welcome to the publication where I’ll be exploring, in visual form, the data shaping and informing our lives.”

* COVID-19 Data Dispatch

* Run by Betsy Ladyzhets, a weekly examination of the state of covid data

* Top 10 in Data Journalism

* Global Investigative Journalism Network’s “weekly round-up of the most popular data journalism stories on Twitter.”

Industry stuff

* Twitter accounts to follow for job searching


* Subscription based, gives you access to a big spreadsheet of journalism jobs grouped by country, beat, and type (ie internship vs full time)


* She publishes a weekly newsletter with journalism jobs

* Journalism Associations/Resources

* these are great sources for building communities, networking, finding jobs, conferences, etc


* (The Association of LGBTQ Journalists)

* (JAWS)


* Online News Association, for digital journalism


* Have really awesome fellowships for journalists from marginalized communities, I believe applications are out now

* (Society for Professional Journalists)


* “The International Women’s Media Foundation breaks barriers for women journalists because without their voices, there is no full story. “

* (National Association of Black Journalists)


* Investigate Reporters and Editors, hosting their annual data conference (NICAR) virtually and in Atlanta at beginning of March

* (National Association of Hispanic Journalists)


* (Native American Journalists Association)


* Committee to Protect Journalists


* Asian American Journalists Association


* Pair journalists with mentors and you can schedule informational interviews and things

* (The Diversity Pledge Institute)

* “We're here to solve journalism's diversity pipeline problem; improve retention rates; and support journalists’ career growth.”

* Newsnerdery

* Slack network for “news nerds,” must request to join

* Newsrooms covering journalism

* Opennews

* “We help people strengthen relationships across organizations and build a more equitable future for journalism. Through interactive events and programs, we help peers share knowledge and care for a community grappling with complex problems”

* They do this great series of exit interviews where they interview people leaving journalism to talk about why and what they have learned etc

* Poynter Institute

* “The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is a non-profit journalism school and research organization in St. Petersburg, Florida. The school is the owner of the Tampa Bay Times newspaper and the International Fact-Checking Network and operates PolitiFact.”

* Do a lot of great work about diversity in newsrooms and the problems that still exist, discuss the shape of the industry


* Columbia Journalism Review

* Organizations

* The Knight Foundation

* Journalism foundation that basically funds every news project, tend to focus on local news initiatives

Twitter Accounts to Follow (newsrooms/their data teams)



* (WaPo)

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* (LA Times)

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* (Financial Times)

* (USA Today)



* (Bloomberg)

* (WNYC)






Twitter Accounts to follow (Fun)




* This specific tweet:

* * explaining some of these references:

* NICAR is IRE’s data journalism conference

* Amanda Cox was an editor at The Upshot for a long time, very influential in the field, recently left and joined USAFacts

* d3 is a javascript library used by many newsrooms

* Census drop day is a party for the data nerds

* The Data Visualization Society is an organization for people who do dataviz

* Writes?: none of us like to write

* Edward Tufte is a famous statistician, created a lot of the foundations of dataviz and apparently blocks a lot of people

* The Knight Foundation is the sugar daddy of the journalism world and we are very thankful for them

* TinyLetter is a newsletter service

* qgis is a spatial mapping software, hard to install

* Newnerdery is a Slack for news nerds


* CSV Conference


* IRE’s annual data journalist conference

* This year will be in Atlanta in March, virtually and in person

* Eyeo

* “Eyeo brings together artists, creative coders, data visualizers, open source instigators & makers for an extraordinary festival.”

* Started partially by Jer Thorp who is a well known (to a niche population) data artist

* Being held in June in Minneapolis this year


* Data journalists tend to do a lot more colla

Data Journalism Starter Guide
Tags Journalism, News, Data
Type Google Doc
Published 30/06/2022, 16:27:37


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