4 inspiring data journalism TED Talks

Oct. 1, 2018

1. Data journalists are the new punks - Simon Rogers, the former head of the Guardian Data blog, explains how data is becoming more accessible and easy to use, allowing journalists to develop a new way of sharing news. This revolution in the use of data has also been accompanied by the growing importance of data journalists: information actors, simple amateurs, representatives of the crowd. Data journalists are the punks of sharing information. 


2. Making data mean more through data storytelling - Ben Wellington uses data to tell stories. As a computer scientist and data analyst, Wellington writes a blog, I Quant NY, that uses New York City open data to tell stories about everything from parking ticket geography to finding the sweet spot in MetroCard pricing. His articles have gone viral and, in some cases, led to policy changes. 


3. Our democracy depends on what and how we archive and share data - Data journalist Mar Cabra shares why we need to think long and hard about what we archive, what we share, and with whom because our democracy depends on it. As the head of the Data & Research Unit at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, she is known for high impact exposés such as the Panama Papers or Luxembourg Leaks.   


4. 3 ways to spot a bad statistic - Sometimes it's hard to know what statistics are worthy of trust. But we shouldn't count out stats altogether. Instead, we should learn to look behind them. In this TED Talk, data journalist Mona Chalabi shares handy tips to help question, interpret and truly understand what the numbers are saying.  


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