Where It Came From: To know where we’re going, it helps to know where we’ve come from. Here’s a great history of data journalism, Fifty Years of Journalism and Data: A Brief History, tracing the field’s origins from the use of big mainframe computers in the 1960s to computer-assisted reporting in the ’90s to the current boom in data journalism. Written by GIJN’s own Brant Houston, author of Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Practical Guide, now in its fourth edition.
Best Practices for Data Journalism is a 2018 guide written by Kuang Keng Kuek Ser, an award-winning digital journalist, and produced by the Media Development Investment Fund. It covers setting up and using data teams as well as tools, techniques and presentation of data journalism.
The National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, a project of Investigative Reporters and Editors, was launched in 1989 to train reporters on how to use data for investigations. It holds frequent bootcamps and other training sessions on data journalism and an annual conference. NICAR ‘s website has a collection of video tutorials on mapping, visualization, data and other online journalism tools. There’s a description of Data Wrangling and Analysis tools. It has a library of US databases. For members, there are tipsheets and additional materials, including practice datasets.
Getting Started with Data Journalism, a video with Aron Pilhofer (2017).
DataViz.tools is “a curated guide to the best tools, resources and technologies for data visualization,” with 21 categories that include mining, cleaning, scraping, and interactive story-telling.
The Poderomedia Foundation in partnership with the University Alberto Hurtado, published the Manual de Periodismo de Datos Iberoamericano (Latin American Handbook of Data Journalism), with tips and tutorials on data mining, deep web searches, data visualization and more.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists provides a selection of video tutorials on basic Excel functions, as well as how to background a person or company, or find federal court documents in the U.S.
Hacks/Hackers is a global movement bringing together computer programmers and investigative journalists to tell powerful data-driven stories. Trainings offered through regional chapters.
The Investigative Dashboard provides a collection of the most useful public data sources, on corporate ownership and more.
The Data Journalism Handbook published in 2012 is an international, collaborative effort involving dozens of data journalism experts. The free guide is available for download in many languages. The complementary 2018 beta edition aims “to provide a richer story about what data journalism does, with and for whom.” The full version will come out in print in 2019.