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The Data Journalism Podcast

The Data Journalism Podcast

By Alberto Cairo & Simon Rogers
Hosts Alberto Cairo and Simon Rogers will explore the latest in data journalism. You will meet the world’s top data journalists - and you will find out how they do what they do.

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The Census data was published. What does it mean for data journalists?
Angeliki Kastanis is a data journalist at The Associated Press and an expert on the US Census.  They talk with Alberto and Simon about what the 2020 Census data released so far told us, offers tips and tricks for getting the most out of it for reporters - and even working as a Census enumerator.  Key links: censusreporter, AP Census Hub The music this week is based on the US Census (data from the Big Local News Project), and made with TwoTone.
31:54
August 20, 2021
US Census bonus episode
Tomorrow (August 12) sees the release of crucial US Census redistricting data - which will shape US government and politics for the next crucial election cycles. It will also give us unique insights into the changing demographic makeup of regions across the US. Alberto and Simon chat with Joe Germuska (executive director at @KnightLab and Project lead @CensusReporter) and Cheryl Phillips (Data/investigative journalism lecturer @Stanford and Founder of @biglocalnews).  Want to know what to expect — and how to tell stories with it? This is the podcast for you. The music this week is based on the US Census (data from the Big Local News Project), and made with TwoTone.
19:06
August 11, 2021
Stuart Thompson and Sergio Peçanha: how to use data for comment
We all know that data visualization is a great tool to explore and make sense of numbers, and also to communicate those numbers to people. But there is also a long historical tradition in visualization that uses graphs, charts, and maps for persuasion. Think, for instance, of Florence Nightingale, who used data and charts to persuade the English authorities to improve the living conditions of soldiers during war.  The persuasive tradition of visualization today continues thanks in part to the work of journalists and designers who work not for the news sides of their companies, but for their opinion sections.  In this episode Alberto and Simon talked to two of them, Stuart Thompson from The New York Times, and Sergio Peçanha, from The Washington Post. How is their work similar to what traditional graphics departments in news organizations do? And how is it different? The music for this episode is Olympic athletes' weights and heights, from this dataset. The tool we use is TwoTone. Try it out!
33:10
July 30, 2021
COVID data journalism special episode
In the latest episode of the pod, Alberto and Simon get to grips with COVID19 data and the challenges of reporting on the numbers during a pandemic.  Financial Times senior visual journalist John Burn-Murdoch explains how he hunts for the key data and talks through what he thinks we will see happening next.  The Covid Tracking Project's co-founder Alexis Madrigal talks about how to gather data where there is none — and how misinformation flourishes in a vacuum. The music that opens this episode is the sound of Covid vaccination rates data from the CDC (listen to the full tune here). You can create your own data tunes with Two Tone.
50:21
June 8, 2021
How to make data journalism for humans
In this episode Alberto and Simon talk to Lam Thuy Vo, a polymath data journalist who works for Buzzfeed and teaches at CUNY. We discussed her data-driven investigative stories, her quantified self projects, and her interest in providing learning resources for data journalists from underrepresented communities.  Next, we talked to visualization designers Shirley Wu and Nadieh Bremer about their recent book ‘Data Sketches' (and how to avoid working with or for a-holes). Here's a great example of their work for The Guardian. The music that opens this second episode is the sound of Covid vaccination rates data from the CDC (listen to the full tune here). You can create your own data tunes with Two Tone.
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May 14, 2021
How do you judge data journalism?
In this first episode, we go inside the Sigma Awards - the only global award for data journalism. Joining Alberto and Simon are journalists Gina Chua, Aron Pilhofer, Kuek Ser Kuang Keng and Marianne Bouchart to discuss the state of data journalism today, the point of awards and what's happening next. The music is based on historic data of the US economy, such as GDP and revenue. You can create your own with Two Tone here. Download the full track.
53:10
April 27, 2021
TEASER: Introducing The Data Journalism Podcast
New: welcome to The Data Journalism Podcast, the first podcast devoted to doing journalism with numbers. Hosts Alberto Cairo and Simon Rogers  will explore the latest in data journalism. You will meet the world’s top data journalists - and you will find out how they do what they do. Subscribe to see how data is changing the world of journalism forever.
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April 22, 2021