Interested in data journalism and where it’s going? Today is the launch of the first part of the new Data Journalism Handbook.
We announced that we would be supporting a new version of the Data Journalism Handbook with the European Journalism Centre last year. Since then the editors, Liliana Bounegru and Jonathan Gray — who edited the first version with Lucy Chambers — have been hard at work bringing together journalists and academics to present a state of the data journalism nation right now.
The book will be published online today and in print next year. Today’s publication includes 21 chapters from writers around the world, from China to Cuba to the US and UK. It includes sections about:
- Telling stories with social media data from Buzzfeed’s Lam Thuy Vo
- Collaborative investigations from Spiegel Online’s Christina Elmer
- Archiving data journalism by Meredith Broussard
- The latest trends in data visualisation
It’s the result of over a year of editing and gathering data journalists and academics together in hackathons at major journalistic events, such as the International Journalism Festival in Perugia.
Still to come in the next expanded version will be chapters on teaching data journalism; data journalism in the newsroom and the role of the field in investigating misinformation.
Over the past six years, the handbook has been digitally downloaded 150,000 times, and almost 1.5m people have accessed the online version.
This project is one of a series of initiatives by the data team at the Google News Initiative to support data journalists and help them understand how to best incorporate technology into their work .
It’s easy for data journalists to feel isolated. But the great thing about the Handbook is that it reminds you that you are part of a growing world community of people each struggling with the same issues. The Handbook is a key resource for every data journalist around the world.