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Recent resources for database journalism

Entry by Jasmine Linabary

We’ve been talking about database journalism over the past few weeks. Here are some links I’ve come across recently related to the subject that you may find useful.

Conversations and information:

10,000 Words: “Databases and polls: When numbers are the news”

Poynter Online: “Using Data Visualization as a Reporting Tool Can Reveal Story’s Shape”

MediaShift: “An After-Life for Newspapers”

10,000 Words: “News databases: Turning numbers into knowledge

Readership Institute: “Data as journalism, journalism as data”


FusionCharts – to create graphics off of your data for visualization

Tools for News – Check out the pages on tools for data visualization, data scraping and public databases.


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Entry by Julie Wootton

(Information courtesy of Mark Brigg’s “Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive” and the Readership Institute)

-A database is a collection of data (or information).
-Data does not lose its novelty or timeliness as quickly.
-Data such as crime statistics can be of personal and public interest.
-There is no space constraint on the Internet.
-Data that is collected online can be condensed and used in print publications.
-Remember that databases do not have to be complex or difficult to create. Databases can be created fairly easily using Microsoft Excel.

-Database journalism is considered a new reporting method, along with other kinds of community-based journalism.
Crowdsourcing= using a group of people or community to perform a job that normally just one person does.
Open source reporting= a way for a reporter to solicit ideas, sources, etc. on a particular subject.
Distributed reporting- this most frequently pertains to reader-generated content.

Reasons to use databases:
-To more efficiently organize information
-To organize lists of sources for newsroom personnel
-To make information more accessible and easier to understand for readers

Using databases for news coverage:
-“Alternative story form”- information is broken down into clearly labeled sections or lists that present information simply.
-Information can then be easily put into a database.

Some examples of databases:
The Whitworthian’s restaurant guide
The New York Times’ skiing travel guide
USA Today sports scores
Washington State registered sex offender database

Other resources:
Interview with Derek Willis, database editor for The Washington Post
General information and resources about database journalism from the Readership Institute
Mark Brigg’s “Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive”
Data Center on
Data Central on
Excel database tutorial

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E-media Tidbits to hold live chat on what j-students need Monday

Entry by Jasmine Linabary

Poynter Institutes’s E-media Tidbits team is holding a live chat Monday on what college journalism students need to learn.

The chat comes off of a recent post from Maurreen Skowran that outlines what a successful college journalism program in civic media would involve.

You can watch the chat and get answers to your questions about this topic on Monday at 1 p.m. EDT or 10 p.m. here in Spokane. If you visit the site now, you can get a reminder sent so that you don’t forget to join the chat here.

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Great Links to Great Online Video Journalism

Entry by Tim Takechi and Erica Schrader

Check out these great links and get inspired to do great work. Enjoy.

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Online Journalism Links: 2/20/2008

Entry by Jasmine Linabary

Here are some relevant links from the past few weeks on the subject of online journalism that you may find interesting:

Journalistopia: “10 Things Online Editors can do to Save Their Jobs”: Danny Sanchez gives advice to web editors of things they can do to remain valuable. Actually, these suggestions and resources would be great for any journalist to pay attention to and play with.

10,000 Words: “Radio: Innovative ways to follow the aging medium”: Mark S. Luckie highlights technological innovations of the radio that are emerging on the internet, mobile devices and through microblogging.

Online Journalism Review: “The New York Times needs an online impresario to help it pay its bills”: Tom Grubisich argues that the New York Times should use its Web site to generate revenue but not by charging for any of its all-free daily coverage. This articles emerges in light of Executive Editor Bill Keller’s recent comments on the subject of paid content and a confidential memo from Steve Brill obtained by Romenesko in which he argues that the Times should start charging for online content.

E-Media Tidbits: “NYT Readers Brainstorm Business Models, Paying for Online News”: Maurreen Skowran provides highlights and discussion on a package of essays published on the New York Times‘ Room for Debate blog, Battle Plans for Newspapers, about potential business models to help newspapers survive.

MediaShift: “Budding Journalists Use Twitter, Blogs to Open Doors”: Alfred Hermida provides examples of what students are doing and advice to students on building up their online presence to increase their potential for employment in the industry

This is cross-posted on the Getting the News Online blog.

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