Listening to experienced journalists is one of the best ways to learn data journalism. In this article, you will find five podcasts with interviews with some of the most prominent experts in data journalism and data visualisation.
Through these conversations, you’ll find tips, tools, and the last projects by Simon Rogers (Google), Amanda Cox (The New York Times), Alberto Cairo (The Functional Art), Elliot Bentley, (The Wall Street Journal), John Burn-Murdoch and Aleksandra Wisniewska (Financial Times). Whether you are a beginner or a multi-skilled data journalist, it’s worth listening.
1. John Burn-Murdoch
John Burn-Murdoch is a data visualisation journalist with a Financial Times in London. In the podcast “It’s all journalism”, he talks about how he became a data journalist and explains how the Financial Times has created some of its most successful projects.
“Data journalism is journalism. The only difference is that certain technical and mathematical skills are required”, says John. Here you can check some of his projects.
2. Alberto Cairo
Alberto Cairo is the Knight Chair at the University of Miami and the author of The Functional Art, a highly recommended book about visualisation.
In this interview with Partially Derivative, Alberto Cairo talks about his professional experience and why data visualisation is so important for the way we communicate today.
Alberto brings an interesting point of view to the table: It’s not a contradiction to create visualisations that show complex things and, at the same time, are compelling and beautiful.
3. Amanda Cox
Amanda Cox is the editor of The Upshot at The New York Times. In a conversation with Enrico Bertini and Moritz Stefaner, hosts of the podcast Data Stories, Amanda talks about the workflow in The New York Times and how she uses R as a tool to analyse data.
In this podcast, Amanda mentions some of her favourite projects like Local Projects by Jake Barton, The best and worst places to grow up in the United States by The New York Times and how her team challenge the readers to draw their own graphics.
Here you can see Amanda’s projects.
4. Simon Rogers
Simon Rogers is a data editor at Google. Previously, he worked at Twitter and The Guardian, where he started the Datablog.
In this interview with Partially Derivative, Simon Rogers explains his work at Google, the flexibility of data journalism to adapt to different storytelling techniques and how now it’s an exciting time to be a data journalist.
Simon Rogers is considered one of the precursors of data journalism. Here you can have a look at some of his projects.
5. Aleksandra Wisniewska and Elliot Bentley
If you have just found out what data journalism is, you probably feel overwhelm with so many tools and programming languages.
If this is your case, It’s worth listening to the tips from Aleksandra Wisniewska, an interactive data journalist at Financial Times, and Elliot Bentley, a graphics editor at The Wall Street Journal.
In a podcast by Journalism.co.uk, Aleksandra and Elliot explain which is the best way to start in data journalism and the basic skills you need.
The magic recipe: Think about the kind of stories you like the most, choose a project and start solving the problems until you finish the story.
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