Data Biographies: Getting to Know Your Data

Too often, inexperienced data users accept the data they receive at face value. Data scientist Heather Krause cautions that data should be treated similar to a human source. Just as you’d do a background check on a human source before publishing what they told you, you need to understand your data.

Digital Strategy: Prioritize Community, Not Audience

The old news business model has been serving advertisers and investors at the expense of the most important people in the media equation — the public, the readers, the users. But now that digital media have broken up that arranged marriage of advertising and news content, publishers are rediscovering the importance of focusing on serving readers.

Top Ten #ddj: The Week’s Most Popular Data Journalism Links

Here are the top data journalism tweets for March 13-19, per our NodeXL mapping: #NICAR17 resources (@MacDiva); Breitbart network analysis (@CJR); climate change calculator (@FT); Trump’s Budget (@washingtonpost); Berlin pickpockets (@berlinerzeitung); Caracas jobless (@CamburYMedio); & more.

How Reader Engagement Helped Unearth Shell Tape

De Correspondent, a Dutch member-funded journalism platform, leverages on the shared knowledge and experience of their 55,000 paying members as much as possible in their reporting. Here’s their 3-step workflow incorporating reader engagement, which helped them land their scoop on Shell.

Can Philanthropy Save the Media?

The media, civil society, and democracy are under unprecedented duress around the world. Protecting the independent media and the public sphere presents an “epic challenge,” but there is great opportunity for philanthropy to step up and help. Bruce Sievers and Patrice Schneider detail five avenues worth pursuing in funding news media and argue that charitable donors should significantly increase their investment in the media.

Top Ten #ddj: The Week’s Most Popular Data Journalism Links

Here are the top data journalism tweets for March 6-12, per our NodeXL mapping: ski resorts & climate (@SPIEGELONLINE); science reporting grants (@ddjournalism); chart chooser (Andrei Pandre); #Tapestryconf recap (@catmule); scraping MP data (@marcelpauly); US middle class fail (@nytimes); & more.