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Chapter 9: Data-Driven Journalism and Digitizing Your Life

March 29th, 2011 · Comments Off on Chapter 9: Data-Driven Journalism and Digitizing Your Life

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Digital life is based upon a gratuitous amount of information and data; therefore, managing the data is the most critical part of digital life in journalism. Organized data not only helps journalists retrieve their memories from certain events via computer-assisted reporting, but also helps keeping in contact with colleagues and people of interest, and even coming up with new story ideas. Data-driven journalism excels in the following areas: depth, customization, searchability and long shelf life. The areas of management ranges from:

  • Emails
  • Contacts
    • Digitally stored contact lists expedites search
  • To-do lists
  • Calendars
  • Notes
  • Productivity tools
    • Word processing
    • Spreadsheets
    • Presentations
    • Images
    • Databases
    • Project management
    • Web or graphic design
    • Collaboration with colleagues

Besides Google and Office Live, there are a variety of productivity tools that one can start with

  • Instapaper: Saves web pages to be read later
  • Remember the Milk: To-do list manager
  • Oh don’t forget: Reminder tool that uses SMS
  • Evernote: To-do list and note taking utility that can also record audio using cell phone
  • Jott: Audio to-do list
  • Dropbox: Collaborative cloud file storage
  • Backpack: Organizer that is used for document sharing, plus notes, task lists and calendar
  • Basecamp: Team project manager
  • Socrata: Database and spreadsheet-managment
  • MindMeister: Brainstorming helper that uses mip-maps

Often these services use cloud-computing method — in which the user accesses the third-party server outside of his or her own computer to use the service. This method requires internet connection at all times, but it is also convenient that the user does not need to always bring the storage required for the project.

The ability to share data is also a critical advantage in data-driven journalism. Several large news organizations such as the New York Times, the BBC, NPR, and the Guardian utilize application program interface (API) to allow anyone to borrow their data and build tools for their webpages. The API helps circulation of the digital ecosystem, bringing up full potentials of any data provided. Some of examples include interactive maps that geographically explain certain stories.

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Briggs Ch. 9 – ‘Data-driven journalism and digitizing your life’

March 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off on Briggs Ch. 9 – ‘Data-driven journalism and digitizing your life’

Organizing your digital life was the focus of this chapter. There are many free or trial programs that can help you organize your digital self. Since these programs are online, they are easily edited and can be accessible to others.

The Cloud

The Cloud

Some examples:

  • Backpack
  • Zoho
  • MS Office Suite (Outlook, etc)
  • Dropbox
  • Basecamp

Databases are helpful in for news organizations because they allow their readers to have easy access to certain material. Charticles are also another way to please data-hungry readers. Readers like to see the trends and the information can allow journalists to see trends they might have missed.

Maps and spreadsheets are also helpful for many of the same reasons.

MS Office

MS Office

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Chapter 9 — Data-Driven Journalism and Digitizing Your Life

March 21st, 2011 · Comments Off on Chapter 9 — Data-Driven Journalism and Digitizing Your Life

“Unless you are a so-called early adopter, you probably find it impossible to keep tabs on all the latest and greatest tools and services available online.”

Briggs advises first and foremost:

  • Organize your e-mail
  • Find the right personal productivity tools

Data driven journalism:

  • Every story is a field of data
  • Telling stories with data

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