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1 B UILDING YOUR D IGITAL T OOLBOX Prepared for “Digging Deep: Training for Reporters and Editors” March 26, 2011

2 T HE INTERNET IS TWO THINGS … Indispensable Challenging AND… it shouldn’t take the place of the kind of reporting that takes you away from your computer

3 New York Times Newsroom Navigator mesnavigator/index.html mesnavigator/index.html Created by the NY Times research staff IRE’s Beat Source Guide beat.html beat.html Investigative Reporters and Editors’ website in general is very useful (www.ire.org)www.ire.org Sree’s tips (Columbia Prof. Sree Sreenivasan)

4 F INDING SOURCES ExpertClick ProfNet

5 L OOK FOR WAYS TO MAKE COMPARISONS Databases U.S. Census web site Compare local demographic and business trends to national trends Bureau of Labor Statistics: Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance: National Center for Health Statistics: National Association of Health Data Organizations: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation:

6 A SK YOURSELF : “W HO WOULD HAVE REASON TO COLLECT THE TYPE OF INFORMATION I AM SEEKING ?” Then seek out web sites that cater to those audiences For instance: “Head hunters” – people who do executive recruiting – and the corporate offices that find candidates for executive positions also have Web sites they use, and you may learn something from these sites.

7 T ELLING A “ GREAT STORY ” WITH INFOGRAPHICS A growing trend: the “Data Visualization” Should be used to tell a great story. What are they? Visual representations of information “served up with a healthy dose of innovation and creativity” (Anthony Calabrese, MediaShift) Becoming a “best practice” for online journalists (and others) as they consider how to tell the best interactive story for their reader It can be a motion chart, a short video clip or an interactive

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10 O R THEY CAN BE FANCY : The Trendalyzer Advanced motion chart that makes stats come to life Hans Rosling You can make your own motion chart at

11 Journalism in the Age of Data Hour-long video, with many examples (and links to places you can go to get usable data visualizations)

12 T HE G EOGRAPHY OF A R ECESSION Created as part of a graduate project by a student at American University Featured on several major news networks for its quick and clear impact of unemployment spreading like a stain across the U.S. LaToya Egwuekwe’s illustration

13 F INALLY, THE BEST WAY TO USE THE INTERNET : Share your ideas, share your best sources Don’t isolate yourself


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