Category Archives: datajournalism

Deadly Crossings: the Berlin Wall and the US-Mexico border

Inspired by a social media post from the historian Richard Drayton comparing fatalities from crossing the Berlin Wall and the US-Mexico border, I decided to have a quick look into the numbers and created this quick chart using Infogram. Starting with Wikipedia articles on deaths from crossing the Berlin Wall and the US-Mexico border, the […]

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Interview on Russia Today about social spending in UK

Following is a clip from a live TV interview I recently gave on RT (formerly “Russia Today”) about the gap between public perceptions and the numbers on benefit fraud and social spending in the UK. Interview on Russia Today about social spending in UK from Jonathan Gray on Vimeo.

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Slides from talk at Utrecht Data School: “An Epistemological Experiment: Issue Mapping, Data Journalism and the Public Understanding of Complex Issues”

Following are the slides for the talk that Liliana Bounegru and I gave today at the University of Utrecht’s Data School about our work at the Tow Center of Digital Journalism at Columbia University. An Epistemological Experiment: Issue Mapping, Data Journalism and the Public Understanding of Complex Issues from Jonathan Gray

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Talk on Digital Methods and Data Journalism at the Data School, University of Utrecht, 27th November 2014

Liliana Bounegru and I will be giving a talk next week at the University of Utrecht’s Data School about our work at the Tow Center of Digital Journalism at Columbia University. Further details about the talk are on the Data School’s website, and copied below. The Utrecht Data School is proud to announce a guest […]

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Slides and video for talk on “Mapping Issues with the Web: An Introduction to Digital Methods”, Columbia University

Following are the slides for the talk that Liliana Bounegru and I gave on “Mapping Issues with the Web: An Introduction to Digital Methods” at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University. Leading sociologist Bruno Latour acted as respondent for the talk, and joined us for subsequent discussion. A video recording from the talk […]

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Talk: “Mapping Issues with the Web: An Introduction to Digital Methods”, Columbia University, 23rd September 2014

Update, 18th September 2014: Professor Bruno Latour has offered to act as respondent to our talk, and will also join us for subsequent discussion. The abstract below has been updated accordingly. Later this month Liliana Bounegru and I will be giving a talk at Columbia University in New York about how to use digital methods […]

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Paper on “Open Data and the Politics of Transparency” at European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference 2014, University of Glasgow

Last week I gave a paper on “Open Data and the Politics of Transparency” at the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference 2014 at the University of Glasgow. The original abstract for the talk was as follows: In just a few years, open data has been established as a fundamental cornerstone of official […]

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Secret government contracts stop citizens knowing if outsourcing works

The following piece is cross-posted from The Guardian. The past few months have seen a significant backlash against government outsourcing and the privatisation of public services. A series of high profile controversies around outsourcing giants such as Atos, G4S and Serco have shaken the public’s faith in politicians’ claims that privatisation gives citizens a better […]

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The Data Journalism Handbook now freely available in 12 languages

I was recently surprised with a preview copy of a new Greek translation of the Data Journalism Handbook, which I co-edited along with Liliana Bounegru and Lucy Chambers. This will be the twelfth language the book has been translated into so far. At the time of writing translations are also available and forthcoming in Arabic, […]

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Science, data and the public

The following is a short piece written for the Guardian Datablog about what the European Commission’s recent announcement on access to scientific data could mean for science and for public engagement with science.

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