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Anyone interested in data journalism – also called data-driven journalism or #ddj – should know who are the experts in the field.
Twitter is a good place to follow them and also to find training, tips and inspiration.
The following list compiles 15 Twitter accounts from all over the world that every data journalist should know.
This list can be used to collect information, but also as a contact list. Some of the experts mentioned are quite approachable. Don’t be shy and ask them for help or feedback if you need it.
Data journalism Twitter accounts (in alphabetical order)
1. Gregor Aisch (@driven_by_data)
Gregor Aisch works as a graphics editor at the New York Times. Previously, he worked at Datawrapper.
On his website, you can have a look at some of his projects.
2. Paul Bradshaw (@paulbradshaw)
Paul Bradshaw is a data journalist and investigative reporter. He is the author of The Online Journalism Handbook and Scraping for Journalists.
? 30+ Popular Excel shortcuts https://t.co/wpLmoELtYQ
— Paul Bradshaw (@paulbradshaw) February 9, 2016
His blog is a gem full of resources and tutorials not only in data journalism, but also in online journalism.
3. David Cabo (@dcabo)
David Cabo is the founder of Civio, a Spanish foundation that promotes open data, transparency and data journalism.
Some of the projects he has run are ¿Dónde van mis impuestos? (“Where do my taxes go? “) and Quien manda, a map of the power structures in Spain.
4. Alberto Cairo (@albertocairo)
Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair at the University of Miami, is the author of The Functional Art, a highly recommended book about visualization.
Playing with @MSPowerBI after learning about R and d3.js integration thanks to @marcreguera. Impressed #dataviz pic.twitter.com/yZEYkojjr8
— Alberto Cairo (@albertocairo) February 11, 2016
5. Eva Constantaras (@EvaConstantaras)
Eva Constantaras is an investigative data journalist and trainer, specialised in cross-border projects.
Her Twitter account is a good source of information about data journalism projects in Africa and Asia.
How to rescue global data journalism programs from the hype! @SunFoundation https://t.co/6AjmntIjy2 @Internews pic.twitter.com/qUAMnLV0iV
— Eva Constantaras (@EvaConstantaras) February 12, 2016
6. Data Driven Journalism (@ddjournalism)
The European Journalism Centre runs this account with the goal of helping journalists, editors, designers and developers who use data in the service of journalism.
Putting femicide on the map: https://t.co/cPuJVhziNV #ddj #dataviz #data4good @ejcnet pic.twitter.com/8xsPqQHTMH
— DataDrivenJournalism (@ddjournalism) February 10, 2016
The account offers numerous examples, resources and useful information that it is worth not missing.
7. Kennedy Elliott (@kennelliott)
Kennedy Elliott works as a visual journalist for The Washington Post. Previously, she worked at The Guardian and AP as an interactive journalist.
Really loved the human touch on @jawalnut‘s #dds2016 slides. Nice reminder that humans read data too pic.twitter.com/2vAKck6zcg
— kennedy elliott (@kennelliott) February 8, 2016
8. Christina Elmer (@ChElm)
Christina Elmer works as a data journalist for the German news magazine Der Spiegel.
Her Twitter feed is a valuable source of information about different data journalism projects in Germany and around the world.
Impressive visual story on e-waste in this week’s @DerSPIEGEL (digital edition only) https://t.co/q5jepJyFPK pic.twitter.com/uosTKIEI3Z
— Christina Elmer (@ChElm) February 13, 2016
9. Max Galka (@galka_max)
Max Galka has professional experience using data to model natural disasters and human life expectancy and is also a Huffington Post contributor.
His Twitter account is a great resource to get inspired.
Crayola color timeline, 1903-2010 https://t.co/b2wjLTpH4H great visual pic.twitter.com/5EJeMlGiyD
— Max Galka (@galka_max) February 8, 2016
10. Robert Kosara (@eagereyes)
Robert Kosara is a visual storytelling and research scientist at Tableau Software.
His blog is an interesting resource to be up-to-date in visuals.
New on eagereyes – RT @eagereyes_feed: The State of Information Visualization, 2016 https://t.co/y7zduKP5xE pic.twitter.com/tMkhdzRFKc
— Robert Kosara (@eagereyes) February 9, 2016
11. Óscar Marín (@oscarmarinmiro)
Óscar Marín is a Spanish data engineer at Outliers Collective, a company specialised in data analysis and data visualisation.
— Óscar Marín (@oscarmarinmiro) January 1, 2016
12. Linda Regber (@LindaRegber)
Linda Regber is a German data analyst and works as a freelance consultant.
Her Twitter account is full of examples of data journalism projects and visualisations about a wide range of topics.
Calorie Consumption by Country: https://t.co/0dwtbNWhE7 pic.twitter.com/IYDORFe28e
— DataStories (@LindaRegber) February 14, 2016
13. Guido Romeo (@guidoromeo)
Guido Romeo is a data and business journalist and co-founder of Diritto Di Sapere (“Your right to know”).
He is involved in Foia4Italy, a civil society that advocates an Italian Freedom of Information Act.
Italy’s official #Foia draft is out but it smells really bad https://t.co/zU14baHNEt #foia4italy @freedominfoorg pic.twitter.com/TbBj4UUJBm
— guido romeo (@guidoromeo) February 12, 2016
14. Moritz Stefaner (@moritz_stefaner)
Moritz Stefaner is an independent designer, consultant and researcher. The OECD Better Life Index (see picture below) is one of his most famous visualisations.
You can find more about his projects on his website.
15. Ben Welsch (@palewire)
Ben Welsch is editor of the Los Angeles Times Data Desk and organizer of California Civic Data, a common project of the Los Angeles Times Data Desk, The Center for Investigative Reporting, the San Francisco Chronicle and Stanford’s Computational Journalism Lab
Do you miss anyone? Please leave a comment below or tweet @Carlapedret and help me to complete the list.
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