How to get started in datajournalism when you're not the New-York Times
Nicolas Kayser-Bril - @nicolaskb - Journalism++
The New-York Times sets the standard
Fantastic visualization of the census
Great election specials
What about money?
Interactive News team: 18 people source
Graphics department: 30 peoplesource
Rough budget estimate
That's all of Gazeta Wyborcza's copy sales in Q1
Or 50% of the price of The Independent
What about ROI?
When you ask NYT Interactive if they're profitable
The NYT is not an example to follow
Enters frugal datajournalism!
1. Reuse 2. Structure 3. Network
Why work from the ground up each time?
Reuse from others.
Let free libraries do the heavy lifting
Taking datavisualization as an example, from most versatile to most simple
Or use off-the-shelf tools
Steal from Github!
If you do it more than once, do a template.
Reuse from your own projects.
Some things that happen more than once.
Elections, storms, soccer world cups, floods, fires, olympic games,
police investigations, cabinet reshuffles, Premier League tournaments,
cabinet meetings, cricket world cups, trials, oil spills, Apple product launches
Nobel prizes, murders, Champion's Leagues, riots, budget crises,
food poisoning scandals, new car models, Russia invading a neighbor
Define metrics for success
(hint: not page views)
Finding, refining and maintaining
a data set takes time
Organize your data sets & query them fast
Keep them in one place,
to be used by all the data team
SQL tables, OpenRefine, Google Docs
(Again, all free!)
Let's take an example
December 29th, 10:00 GMT
Bombing in Volvograd, near Olympic resort of Sochi
It takes 12 clicks to add context to the event
Because the cleaned terrorism database was at hand
The database can become the product
The Migrants Files
Talent is expensive
... try to get it for free!
Make friends with developers
Network with other journalists
Summing up: Bootstrapping a DDJ team
- Check out the free tools
- Set up repeatable processes and KPIs
- Join other communities