Only 1 week left to enter the Philip Meyer contest

We know you’ve done some amazing work this past year and we’d love to see it! Enter the Philip Meyer Journalism Award contest for your chance to be recognized along with some of the best journalists in the country. Entries are now being accepted online, through November 21st. Established in 2005, the award was created to…

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Google Hangout: Philip Meyer Journalism Award winners discuss best practices for data journalism

Join award winning data journalists Jennifer LaFleur, from the Center for Investigative Reporting, David Donald, of the Center for Public Integrity and Tom Hargrove of the Scripps-Howard News Service as they talk about their best practices for great data reporting. They’ll also be touching on the stories that won them Philip Meyer Journalism Awards (this…

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You’ve got the data, where’s the story? How to find interesting patterns and do analysis

By Kathryn Sharkey Data can be overwhelming, so when it comes to finding the story in it all, Dan Keating from the The Washington Post and Jacob Fenton from the Sunlight Foundation agree: start small. Review the information and look for what’s interesting and jumps off the page. Fenton’s three-step guide to a story is…

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Inside baseball: What data journalism can learn from sports

Photos by Travis Hartman What if you could predict a hospital’s quality of care the same way baseball statisticians can predict a pitcher’s season or a team’s record? The sports world has long been using statistics in creative ways — and Ryan Pitts, Jeremy Bowers and Matt Waite say journalists can and should tap into…

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Beware of data – cautionary tips and tales of statistics

A nine year-old girl was beaten to death by her foster brother in Kentucky, but the tragedy did not become a statistic. The state agency in charge of counting abused children didn’t categorize it as a death, attorney Jon Fleischaker said in the “Legal issues, access and big data” session. Local and state government goes…

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Transparency Watch: What journalists need to know about FOIAonline

Federal agencies have launched FOIAonline, a tool that journalists can use to file, track and appeal requests for documents and data under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. Here’s what you need to know about the service, which was announced just last week. Not all federal agencies are participating. Here’s who’s on board: Department of Commerce,…

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