5 of the best: podcasts about data journalism

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Podcasts are a great way to listen to stories on the move, be entertained, or keep up with developments in a particular field. However, have you ever thought about using them to learn data journalism?

In this list, I have pulled together some of the best podcasts about data. Some are specifically about data journalism, whereas others approach data from another perspective.

1. ProPublica Podcast

Every week ProPublica interviews investigative journalists about a particular project. The episodes also cover ProPublica’s own investigations.

Topics are varied, but most of them have one thing in common: they use data.

One of the best podcasts to start with is Who’s behind the “Tennis Racket”?

In this interview, BuzzFeed data reporter John Templon explains how he spent 15 months analyzing tennis betting data to see if he could figure out whether players were fixing matches.

The result of this challenge was The Tennis Racket, an ambitious investigation that created a big stir when it was published.

2. Data Stories

Enrico Bertini and Moritz Stefaner are the creators of Data Stories, a podcast covering data journalism topics from visualisation to statistics.

Enrico Bertini is an assistant professor at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and writes the blog FILWD.

Moritz Stefaner is a data visualisation freelancer, consultant and researcher. He is the author of the blog Well-formed-data.

Data Stories is a conversation with professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and countries. What they have in common is they work with data.

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3. Partially Derivative

Partially Derivative is a weekly podcast about how data has influenced the way we experience the world.

Jonathon Morgan, Vidya Spandana and Chris Albon are the team responsible for this one.

Partially Derivative talks about the data hidden in sports, love, sex, politics and also in journalism.

It is worth listening to the episode they did in September about data journalism.

Episode 35: The data of journalism

Listen to Paritally Derivative episode 35 about data journalism

4. What’s The Point

What’s the Point talks every week about how data affects our lives.

The difference from Partially Derivative is that the topics are newsworthy and focus on current affairs.

The podcast is hosted by Jody Avirgan and produced by Nate Silver’s data journalism website FiveThirtyEight

Bad Data - and worse decisions - Poisoned Flint

Listen to the episode about the Flint water crisis

5. Journalism.co.uk

Journalism.co.uk is a useful source for updates on technology trends and journalism tools.

The site also uses SoundCloud to host podcasts on a range of topics, including data journalism.

The interviews with Marianne Bouchart, editor of the Data Journalism Blog, and Megan Lucero, data journalism editor at The Times and The Sunday Times, are particularly worth a listen.

Do you listen to any other podcasts about data journalism? Leave a comment with your favourite ones and help complete the list.

First published on Carlapedret.cat

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