Data-Driven Journalism

January 11, 2011

(This article was first published on VCASMO - drewconway, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

The December 2010 meeting of the Bay Area R Users Group featured Peter Aldhous, San Francisco bureau chief of New Scientist magazine who will give a presentation on “Data-Driven Journalism”.

From the WikiLeaks War Diaries, to geographical analyses of Netflix rental patterns, news organizations are increasingly running data-heavy stories featuring pleasing visualizations of the results. Is this the dawn of “data journalism”?

In fact, some pioneering journalists have employed quantitative methods for many years. Peter explored the growth and potential of data-driven journalism, focusing on examples where R is being used in the newsroom – including the consistently impressive work of the graphics team at The New York Times, and Barron’s analysis of Jim “Mad Money” Cramer’s stock picks.

Peter will discussed his own, more modest projects, and relate his positive experiences when reaching out to the R community for help and advice.

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