Think Like a Data Journalist: How the Guardian Turns Data into Stories Every Day

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The award-winning Guardian Datablog is now one of the most popular data journalism destinations in the world today, with 1.5 million users a month accessing raw data, visualisations and analysis from the site every month.

But how does it work data to day?

This hands-on session will show how a dataset turns into a story, the narrative process the Guardian’s team goes through, the tools used and the lessons learned.

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Simon Rogers


Simon Rogers is editor of the Guardian’s Datablog and Datastore, an online data resource which publishes hundreds of raw datasets and encourages its users to visualise and analyse them. He is the author of Facts are sacred: the power of data available now on Kindle. Simon is also a news editor on the Guardian, working with the graphics team to visualise and interpret huge datasets. He was closely involved in the Guardian’s exercise to crowdsource 450,000 MP expenses records and the organisation’s coverage of the Afghanistan Wikileaks war logs. Previously he was the launch editor of the Guardian’s online news service and has edited the paper’s science section. He has edited two Guardian books: How Slow Can You Waterski and The Hutton Inquiry and its impact. Simon has just been awarded the Oxford University Internet Institute’s award of ‘Best Internet Journalist’ and was recently honoured at the Knight Batten awards for journalistic innovation. The Datablog and Datastore have won awards in 2011 for innovation from the UK’s Online Media Awards and the Newspaper Awards. In 2010, Simon received a special commendation from the Royal Statistical Society in its awards for journalistic excellence.

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Feilding Cage


Feilding Cage is an interactive designer for the Guardian’s US in New
York. Recent work includes state-by-state visualizations of US gun
laws (
and gay rights (,
and live election results from the primaries through the general
election (
Feilding’s work has been honored with a 2012 Online Journalism Award
and is nominated for a Glaad Media Award. Before coming to the
Guardian, Feilding was an interactive designer at and the
supervising interactive developer at Associated Press. He is a 2006
graduate of UNC’s school of journalism and mass communication and is a
master’s degree candidate at NYU.

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Matthew Frei
02/28/2013 6:25am PST

I came in about half-way through the second half of your talk. At the time, you were showing a document that included links to some of the tools you use to build data visualizations. Is that publicly available somewhere? Thanks!


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