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Ashley Kirk
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Digital journalist studying Interactive Journalism at City University London
Digital journalist studying Interactive Journalism at City University London

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How we made our first data-led game to forecast the World Cup
Last week, my team at The Telegraph launched our first data-led game. It allowed our readers to f orecast the Russia 2018 World Cup by scoring six factors by their importance in the world’s biggest footballing event. The result would be a personalised proje...
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Why cartograms are great - but not always necessary
Cartograms are great - but they’re not the only way of visualising geographical data. Geographically accurate maps, the same ones that humans have been charting for hundreds of years, are still incredibly useful tools. I can’t really believe that these word...
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How each UK newsroom visualised the General Election in different ways
General Elections are a time when all UK - and many international - newsrooms get to roll out the best of their data, graphics, development and innovation teams to cover a key political event. We all create some graphics that are the same, or at least very ...
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What I learned from teaching data journalism
I have been teaching an Introduction to Data Journalism module to a group of MA Journalism students at City University London this year. They were a varied group of Interactive, Investigative, Finance and Erasmus students - of many different backgrounds, fr...
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Sourcing information for journalism: Where to find your data
There are many different sources we can go to when looking for data to tell a story. These can be more complex, like scraping , freedom of information requests or querying APIs, but there are also many websites that already host public datasets that are eas...
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Poisonous statistics: How bad numbers could influence a generation's future
£350m per week. According to some, that's the amount of money the UK gives to the EU. Of course, it's not. We instead pay around £250m per week, due to the rebate that reduces the amount we pay - but that doesn't stop people saying and believing the first n...
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Mapping with CartoDB: Solutions to problems faced by the journalist user
CartoDB is a great mapping tool for journalists. I've used it personally and professionally, to help tell the data-driven stories I produce. It can be used to visually improve the stories you seek to tell, using interactive maps to help readers engage with ...
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The challenges of using data to hold power to account
Recently I investigated how much money MPs stepping down in the 2015 general election are due to make on their second homes for which they claimed expenses . They made this money through both the expenses they claimed on their second homes, which can be ext...
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"Data for data's sake": When is it the right time to invest lots of time in big visualisation projects?
When I started as a data journalist at The Telegraph , I was warned of "doing data for data's sake". At the time, I wasn't exactly sure what this meant. Was I supposed to not take lots of time analysing complicated datasets, in favour of quick, snappy data-...
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Five Things I learned at Web Summit 2015
Data scientists (and journalists) need to "do code" Wes McKinney’s talk at the data summit was all about data scientists - and the shortage of them. It’s a job title that means different things to different people, but he helped define what the specific tit...
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