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Free Handbook Helps Journalists Use Data to Improve the News

26 April 2012 | PROJECT NEWS


The Data Journalism Handbook is a free, open-source book that aims to help journalists to use data to improve the news. It will be launched on Saturday 28th April, at Italy’s leading journalism event, the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, which attracts thousands of journalists from around the world for a week of talks and workshops. 

Now more than ever, journalists need to know how to work with data. From covering public spending to elections, the Wikileaks cables to the financial crisis - journalists need to know where to find and request key datasets, how to make sense of them, and how to present them to the public. 

The book is an international, collaborative effort involving dozens of data journalism’s leading advocates and best practitioners - including from Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC, the Chicago Tribune, Deutsche Welle, the Guardian, the Financial Times, Helsingin Sanomat, La Nacion, the New York Times, Pro Publica, the Washington Post, the Texas Tribune, Verdens Gang, Wales Online, Zeit Online and many others. 

Jonathan Gray, lead editor for the handbook, says: “The book gives us an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes look at how data is used by journalists around the world - from big news organisations to citizen reporters. We hope it will serve to inform and inspire a new generation of data journalists to use the information around us to communicate complex and important issues to the public.” 

Notes for editors: The Data Journalism Handbook is an initiative of the European Journalism Centre and the Open Knowledge Foundation. The book will be freely available at under a Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike License. Additionally a printed version and an e-book will be published by O’Reilly Media. 

Over 2000 people have signed up to get the handbook so far. 

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Data Journalism Handbook
The Data Journalism Handbook is a collection of tips, techniques, case studies, and tutorials from leading data journalism experts. Translated into Russian, with six more translations underway, the 'bible of data journalism' has become an essential component of the journalistic toolkit and a reference for many news rooms across the world.