How to: use maps effectively to explain stories

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Everybody loves maps, which makes them an attractive tool for journalists. Geography professors Sébastien Caquard and William Cartwright have analysed the relationship between maps and narratives, and they agree that maps are an extraordinary tool to explain stories. “The potential of maps to both decipher and tell stories is virtually unlimited. Maps can contribute to leaving cartographic …

Eight data journalism projects to get inspired

Data journalism turns spreadsheets into visualisations that can show stories impossible to explain otherwise. I have asked several data journalists about their favourite projects and have listed their responses. 1. Out of sight, out of mind Out of Sight, Out of Mind (2013)  visualises every known attack with drones by the US in Pakistan between 2004 …, a data visualisation tool to shape complex relationships

As journalists know, connections can be key when investigating a person, company or government. is a free tool to visualise easily relationships or organisational charts. These diagrams can be useful to illustrate a story or to organise notes and findings. How to use First of all, you need to create an account. Go to the main page of …

Common mistakes journalists make when using statistics

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Image by Carla Pedret© Statistics are everywhere, and journalists – especially data journalists – should know how to interpret them. Numbers are like any other source, and journalists should have the knowledge to find out when they are misleading. How can journalists improve their use of statistics? What are the most common mistakes? As statisticians are the best ones to answer …