A few weeks ago in this space, I wrote about efforts to create a corrections policy for data journalists. It turns out, the Toronto Star needed this policy sooner rather than later, after a summer intern pitched and created a project that featured a searchable database of banned license plates, which included material from another Star reporter’s article three years prior. The Star published a public editor’s note about the issue. Does the problem of plagiarism become more complicated when it includes previously-reported data?
For those who are interested in the field of data journalism but unsure of where to start, The Data Journalism Heist offers a quick introduction. The e-book’s tagline: How to get in, get the data, and get the story out – and make sure nobody gets hurt
An upcoming data journalism hackday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is open to journalists of all descriptions. The hackday, on Oct. 13, is held in conjunction with the 8th annual Global Investigative Journalism Conference. While the conference is for registered participants, the “Hack in Rio” event is open to all journalists, developers, hackers, and professionals who are interested in discovering and building news applications.
And finally, an hour-long talk at the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab on how to use data and the stories behind the data is summarized here, in Some Truth About ‘Big Data’, Agnostic Storytelling & Journalism.