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Want to work as a sports data journalist? Inviting MA Data Journalism applications in partnership with FourFourTwo

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One of FourFourTwo’s infographics – they want to expand the organisation’s ability to produce social-friendly data-driven content

As part of the new MA in Data Journalism I have partnered with a number of organisations who are keen to bring data journalism expertise into their newsroom. One of those is Haymarket’s football media brand FourFourTwo – which has grown from a UK football magazine to a network of websites in six countries around the world, and is looking to expand its data-driven reporting.

I am now inviting applications from people who are particularly interested in studying data journalism in partnership with FourFourTwo.

You should have a passion for football and sports journalism, be interested in helping find new sources of data for stories, and working on stories based on data collected by third parties, and have lots of ideas that tap into the power of data-driven sports journalism.

Global digital editor Gary Parkinson explains:

“We are very aware of the power of social media – we have a monthly reach of around 60m from our various accounts – and as part of that have been exploring the shareability of data visualisation and infographics. We also have scheduled major online events which would benefit from dataviz, such as our annual #FFT100 Best Players In The World.”

If you are interested, please apply through the course webpage specifying in your supporting statement that you are specifically interested in working with FourFourTwo.

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Wanted: MA Data Journalism applicants to partner with The Telegraph

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The Telegraph was behind one of the biggest data journalism stories of the last decade

As part of the new MA in Data Journalism we have partnered with a number of organisations who are keen to bring data journalism expertise into their newsroom.

I am now inviting applications from people who want to work with The Telegraph during their MA in Data Journalism at Birmingham City University.

The Telegraph has a long history of data journalism, most famously breaking a series of stories around MPs’ expenses in 2009. Examples of its data journalism – ranging from sport and politics to text analysis and data video – can be found in its TeleGraphs section.

The news organisation is looking for applicants who are interested in developing the ability to clean and analyse data to find interesting stories; an awareness of tools that you can use to source and scrape data; and a knowledge of data visualisation in order to communicate your stories. Successful applicants will learn these skills on the MA course and have the opportunity to apply them in collaboration with The Telegraph. Continue reading

(More than) 4 examples of computational thinking in journalism

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Computational thinking helps you break down a problem and solve each part logically. Image from BuzzFeed Tennis investigation

Today I will be introducing my MA Data Journalism students to computational thinking techniques (you can read my post about why that’s important here). As part of my preparations I’ve been collecting some of my favourite examples of computational thinking being used to spot and execute data journalism stories – and I’m sharing them here…

Story 1: Which singer has the biggest vocal range?

Which singer has the best vocal range in the UK No it s not who you think Mirror OnlineThis story, published in the UK tabloid newspaper The Mirror, is a great example of understanding how a computer might ‘see’ information and be able to help you extract a story from it. Continue reading

Here’s the thinking behind my new MA in Data Journalism

A few weeks ago I announced that I was launching a new MA in Data Journalism, and promised that I would write more about the thinking behind it. Here, then, are some of the key ideas underpinning the new course — from coding and storytelling to security and relationships with industry — and how they have informed its development. Continue reading

Data journalism in broadcast news and video: 27+ examples to inspire and educate

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This network diagram comes from a Channel 4 News story

The best-known examples of data journalism tend to be based around text and visuals — but it’s harder to find data journalism in video and audio. Ahead of the launch of my new MA in Data Journalism I thought I would share my list of the examples of video data journalism that I use with students in exploring data storytelling across multiple platforms. If you have others, I’d love to hear about them.

FOI stories in broadcast journalism

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Freedom of Information stories are one of the most common situations when broadcasters will have to deal with more in-depth data. These are often brought to life by through case studies and interviewing experts. Continue reading

I’ve finally gone and done it: announcing a new MA in Data Journalism

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The Data Journalism UK conference, shown above, is part of the course

Well I had to do it at some point, didn’t I? From today I am accepting applications for a new MA in Data Journalism.

The MA, which starts in September and runs alongside the new MA Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism that I posted about previously, addresses many of the changes that the field has undergone in the last few years. In particular I’ll be focusing on:

  • Telling data-driven stories across different platforms (not just text or visualisation)
  • Automation, augmented journalism and the issues that those raise
  • Coding and computational thinking being applied journalistically (I cover using JavaScript, R, and Python, command line, SQL and regex to pursue stories)
  • Security and ethics (integrated into media law)
  • Investigative techniques such as network analysis, text mining, and advanced techniques for finding human sources (OSINT).
  • Partnerships with media organisations in the UK and abroad so students can work on specific challenges facing those organisations, and take up placement opportunities in broadcast, magazine, newspaper and online teams who need people with these skills.

I’ll explain more about the thinking behind those developments in future posts. But for now, I wanted to put the call out: if you’re curious about using data journalism techniques and want to learn more, get in touch.