[okfn-be] The Data Journalism Handbook (free book that helps journalists use data to improve the news) Launches in 2 Days

Hanna McLean mclean at ejc.net
Thu Apr 26 15:01:02 UTC 2012

Hi everyone,

I thought you might be interested to know that on Saturday we are
launching the Data Journalism Handbook, a free, open-source book that aims
to help journalists to use data to improve the news.

More information is attached as PDF and pasted below for your convenience.



25 April 2012

Liliana Bounegru / bounegru at ejc.net

Free handbook helps journalists use data to improve the news

The Data Journalism Handbook is a free, open-source book that aims to help
journalists to use data to improve the news. It will be launched on
Saturday 28th April, at Italy’s leading journalism event, the International
Journalism Festival in Perugia <http://www.journalismfestival.com/>, which
attracts thousands of journalists from around the world for a week of talks
and workshops.

Now more than ever, journalists need to know how to work with data. From
covering public spending to elections, the Wikileaks cables to the
financial crisis - journalists need to know where to find and request key
datasets, how to make sense of them, and how to present them to the public.

The book is an international, collaborative effort involving dozens of data
journalism's leading advocates and best practitioners - including from
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC, the Chicago Tribune, Deutsche
Welle, the Guardian, the Financial Times, Helsingin Sanomat, La Nacion, the
New York Times, Pro Publica, the Washington Post, the Texas Tribune,
Verdens Gang, Wales Online, Zeit Online and many others.

Jonathan Gray, lead editor for the handbook, says: “The book gives us an
unprecedented, behind-the-scenes look at how data is used by journalists
around the world - from big news organisations to citizen reporters. We
hope it will serve to inform and inspire a new generation of data
journalists to use the information around us to communicate complex and
important issues to the public.”

Notes for editors:


   The Data Journalism Handbook is an initiative of the European Journalism
   Centre <http://www.ejc.net/> and the Open Knowledge

   The book will be freely available at
a Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike License. Additionally a
   printed version and an e-book will be published by O’Reilly Media.

   Over 2000 people have signed up to get the handbook so far.

   Coverage on Guardian Datablog: http://bit.ly/ddjbook-guardian

   Table of contents: http://bit.ly/ddjbookoverview

   - Overview graphic:  http://bit.ly/ddjbook-overview
   - Cover graphic: http://bit.ly/ddjbook-cover

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