Data Journalism Case Study

Data journalism can be intimidating at first, but in chapter one  we have plenty of tips. One of the best ways to start is by analysing successful data journalism projects and tracing how the data was processed.
The Guardian’s datablog  provides all the full datasets behind its news stories, so users can have a play around with the raw data themselves.
In chapter one we examine two great examples of data journalism:

The Guardian – Riots Interactive

Purpose:
During the London Riots of summer 2011 Twitter was used a a tool of communication. A large number of false rumours were spread over the social media tool. One of the most bizarre was that rioters broke into London Zoo and released the animals and that tanks were being brought onto the streets to control the rioters. The Guardian produced an interactive visualization for the birth and death of rumours on Twitter

The hunch:
Misinformation corrects itself in open, unregulated forum, such as Twitter.
Data source:
2.6 million tweets provided by Twitter, all of which ‘related to’ the riots by virtue of containing at least one of a series of hashtags.

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