How to set up a datajournalism operation 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 10% of the
Boston Globe's price tag
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
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, US bombing some country
Put your templates in one place.
And define metrics for success!
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
September 21st, 09:00 GMT
Westgate mall shooting starts
It takes 12 clicks to add context to the event
Because the cleaned terrorism database was at hand
The database can become the product
Governement employees salaries
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