Last year I was involved in the publication of a new book looking at the emergence of Data Journalism. The book “Data Journalism: Mapping the future” (buy via: Amazon.com – Amazon.co.uk) was well received on both sides of the Atlantic and elsewhere around the world. So much so, that we’ve already been asked to provide an update.
Would you be interested in contributing? Or know someone else who would?
To keep it current, the turnaround time is tight, we’re looking at contributions by the end of July, with publication later in 2015. However, you only need to write 2-3,000 words.
In keeping with academic (or in this case hackademic) texts, there’s no fee; but, you can extract your chapter for a variety of other outlets (my chapter from the first edition, for example, was broken into three pieces for the BBC College of Journalism, journalism.co.uk and Street Fight in the US) and a number of high-profile trade publications ran versions of these pieces for other authors.
Text from Amazon for the first edition:
The idea of the journo-coder, programmer-journalist, hacker-journalist, journo-programmer (the terminology is undecided) is gaining ground as data journalism develops both in Britain and internationally. Programmers are coming into newsrooms, journalists are venturing further into programming and there is some blurring where the two meet.
Data journalism (DJ) is certainly becoming the Big Buzz Story in the media but so far little has been written about it.
This new, jargon-free text, edited by John Mair and Richard Lance Keeble (with Teodora Beleaga and Paul Bradshaw), provides an original and thought-provoking insight into DJ.
The first section, with contributions from Teodora Beleaga and Simon Rogers. explores various definitions of DJ; in another, experts, such as Paul Bradshaw, Nicola Hughes, Daniel Ionescu and Pupul Chatterjee provide some useful tips on developing DJ skills.
Tom Felle interviews a group of international data journalists and finds they all argue their work can play a crucial democratic role in holding the powerful to account • Andy Dickinson wonders if the growing field of sensor journalism offers an insight into what comes next for DJ • Jacqui Taylor, Bella Hurrell and John Walton focus on data visualisations • Andrew Rininsland argues that anyone “willing to learn D3 will find they are given an unparalleled ability to create visualisations that bring data alive” • Arthur Lashmar shows how an international consortium of journalists used DJ skills to expose the use of offshore tax havens by the world’s rich and famous
Other chapters are provided by Chris Frost, Liz Hannaford, Jonathan Hewett, Gabriel Keeble-Gagnère, Damian Radcliffe, Yaneng Feng, Qian Li and John Burn-Murdoch.