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The Data Journalism Handbook comes to Ukrainian journalists

5 December 2013 | PROJECT NEWS


This year the nonprofit news site Texty published the Ukrainian translation of the Data Journalism Handbook. This is the fifth translation of the book to date.


Texty combines social, political, economic and cultural reporting on Ukraine, garnering a monthly readership of about 100,000 people. Since 2011, the organisation has published several data-driven projects. One of them is a web application tracking public procurement in the country, shortlisted for the 2012 edition of the Data Journalism Awards. Texty also provides data journalism training.

These two activities - data-driven reporting and data journalism training - drove the organisation to translate the handbook into Ukrainian. Anatoly Bondarenko, editor of Texty, explained: “We decided to produce the translation right after we saw the book in 2012. Such a good collection of case studies should not go overlooked! [...] At our data journalism trainings for reporters and activists, we use the book as recommended reading material. So far, we received many 
positive reactions from our students as to the examples that can be found there from media around the globe.”

The translation was carried out over four months by one translator and one editor, with financial support from the Open Society Foundations.

While data journalism is progressing in Ukraine, it still struggles to find a place in the mainstream media. “We think that the future of data journalism in our country is not in mainstream media but more in the hands of small collectives”, said Bondarenko. “Forbes Ukraine intended to produce data journalism, but the magazine was recently bought by one of the oligarchs close to the presidential family and the policies of the magazine were radically changed. Therefore, right now, the most interesting projects in this field don’t come from big newsrooms, but rather from independent online media platforms and small NGOs. Noteworthy projects include, a map of crime in Kiev, and, a website that tracks parliamentary activity in Ukraine, maintained by the civil network Opora.”


Data Driven Journalism Initiative
Believing journalism also involves innovation, the EJC strives to promote Data Driven Journalism and focalise media and audience attention on this developing trend. With this in mind, we’ve created the first dedicated data journalism website, established a community of practitioners, organised workshops, and participated in the publication of the “Data Journalism Handbook".

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.