Data Journalism

Mar 42015

Open-Data Movement Proves 'Data is Everywhere'

Ever since information became readily available on the web, transparency advocates have pushed for public open-data formats. Groups like ILDA in Latin America and the international OGP Open Data working group strive to not only research and analyze the openness of public data, but also assess how infomediaries are using open data.

Journalists, civic hackers, academia and civil society organizations are some of the most active open-data users, transforming data into consumable information for the public.

Feb 182015

Journalists at Risk Map Illustrates Stunning Number of Attacks on Journalists in Mexico

The dangers faced by journalists around the world have been a prominent subject in the news lately. From reporters captured by ISIS to those whose computers have been hacked by their own governments, attacks on journalists come in many forms.

Feb 112015

Business Insider Uses InfoAmazonia Maps to Visualize Fires in Amazon Rain Forest

InfoAmazonia, a data visualization map created by former ICFJ Knight Fellow Gustavo Faleiros, was used in a Business Insider article to visualize the grave danger facing the Amazon rain forest region.

“While the annual rate of deforestation has slowed in recent years...another, less talked-about issue the rain forest faces, is the threat of wildfires,” the story in the popular online site reads.

Feb 42015

Periodistas en Riesgo Site Provides Safety Resources for Mexican Reporters

The name of Moisés Sánchez has been all over the news in Mexico the past few weeks, after his kidnapping in the state of Veracruz.

Rahma Hacks/Hackers

ICFJ Knight Fellow Rahma Mian hosts the first Hacks/Hackers Pakistan meeting. Photo courtesy of Rahma Mian

Jan 152015

Knight Fellow Rahma Mian on the Rapidly Changing Media in Pakistan

Media development consultant and ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow Rahma Muhammad Mian is creating a citizen-engagement lab in Pakistan to support data-driven media projects.

Jan 152015

How Nigerian Journalists Use Design Thinking to Understand Their Audience

The way we told stories in the past doesn’t always work today.

Traditionally, editors and reporters would think of stories they believed the audience needed, and then deliver those stories as best they could. But in our increasingly mobile and wired world, audiences change quickly. How can an editor be confident that a story that seems important to the audience really is?

The short answer: By getting to know the audience so deeply that their needs are revealed. If that sounds impossible, take heart.

Jorge Luis AJE

Source: Screen-grab from Al Jazeera English video.

India: Improving News Technologies and Access to Information

Knight International Journalism Fellow Nasr ul Hadi works with media organizations in India to develop and expand the use of news technologies and improve access to quality information in the region.

Hadi will help English- and Hindi-language newsrooms in India adopt a “digital supply chain” to integrate technology into all stages of news production – from collecting, verifying and analyzing data and other information to packaging, distribution and audience engagement.

Katherine Iorio

Photo courtesy of Katherine Iorio.