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Visual forensics to spot fake videos and photos

It’s easy for anyone to grab a picture or video and claim that it shows something that it doesn’t. This is problematic during times of conflict, when accuracy is especially important. For The Washington Post, Elahe Izadi describes how journalists separate real from fake: The process begins with geolocation: pinpointing exactly where an image was recorded on a map, which Willis calls the “the bread and butter” of verification. “We’ll...

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Story formats for data

Financial Times, in an effort to streamline a part of the data journalism process, developed templates for data stories. They call it the Story Playbook: The Playbook is also an important driver of culture change in the newsroom. We have a rich and familiar vocabulary for print: The basement (A sometimes light-hearted, 350-word story that sits below the fold on the front page), for example, or the Page 3 (a...

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Old school data journalism from the 1800s

Data journalism is relatively new as a concept, but in practice it has been around for a good while. Scott Klein for ProPublica tells the story of Horace Greeley, an editor for the New York Tribune and a congressman in the mid-1800s. Greely was displeased with a law that specified mileage compensation for travel to the capital, so he found a way to prove his point with data. Rather than...

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How We Visualized Life After Fukushima

The Starting Point During the first two weeks of March 2013, Interactive Things and the Swiss newspaper “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” (NZZ) collaborated on a web publication about the Fukushima nuclear disaster that took place in Japan in 2011. The reporter Marcel Gyr and photographer Christoph Bangert revisited the same people they met two years earlier and interviewed them again to hear their personal accounts on how their lives have changed...

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