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Five free visualization tools recommended by Global’s data desk

Global News data desk journalist Patrick Cain outlines his favourite five free data journalism tools: Google Fusion tables, NodeXL, Scapetoad, JQuery Data Tables, and Tableau Public. 

 

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Commentary: Provinces wrong in colluding to deny CBC information requests

When the CBC's Fifth Estate came calling for information on Canada's hospitals, the provinces responded with a collective "no."  Data journalism editor Fred Vallance-Jones says it happens all too often.

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Data Journalism Handbook available online for free

The Data Journalism Handbook is available online for free, and includes insight into how top news organizations use data to enhance their reporting.

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Calculating a percentage in a Google spreadsheet

In the second of our continuing series of video tutorials on using data journalism tools, Fred Vallance-Jones shows you how to calculate percentages in a Google Docs spreadsheet.

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Using data to tell stories — on deadline

Raw data can be the foundation for good stories—you just have to know how to use it. Here, David McKie explains the benefits of computer assisted reporting and data-driven journalism and the sessions that he, Glen McGregor and Fred Vallance-Jones will be running at the upcoming CAJ Conference.

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Data journalism basics with Google spreadsheets

In the first of a series of video tutorials on data journalism tools, J-Source's Computer Assisted Reporting editor Fred Vallance-Jones goes over how to use a Google spreadsheet to do some basic sorting and summing of information from the Internet.

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This space is changing

Data journalism is changing, and so is this space. We're going to make it less a place for insiders and more a place where all journalists and journalism students can learn how to find and use data. We're going to talk a lot about free cloud-based tools that you can use to find stories, create stunning visualizations, and impress your bosses (or potential bosses!). We'll still bring you stories of new developments in the field, but every second Friday, we'll bring you what were calling, for lack of a better term, "data journalism for beginners."

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A helpful list of web tools for journalists

Check out this list of helpful web tools for journalists and tutorials on how to use the most popular social networking tools for news — including Pinterest. 

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Hacker-assisted reporting: can it be ethical?

If you hear the word ‘hacker’ and all you can think is News of the World scandal, stop cringing. Cecil Rosner explains how working with hackers who mine for publicly available data can be beneficial to not-so-tech-savvy journalists.

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Canadian newspapers and infographics: Too scared to try?

Around the world, newspapers are boldly experimenting with online infographics — and they're making money. So why aren't papers in Canada following suit? Claire Prime looks into this in the latest issue of the Ryerson Review of Journalism.

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