Understanding numbers and conveying their meaning is part of being a journalist. You should have a working knowledge of arithmetic, be comfortable with statistics, percentages and more.
2013 review of academic papers and articles relating to basic tensions between government openness and other competing public interest values.
2013 primer on best practices, development tips and the value of digital news apps that allow for interactive visualizations of information.
2012 article surveying the sites, tools and concepts that are part of the evolving field of data journalism. Topics covered include open datasets as well as data cleanup and visualization.
2013 research review on the growing ability of computers to gather, analyze, link and compare large data sets, with a look at the deep implications for how the information business may evolve.
Sites relating to state and federal agencies; also featuring independent watchdogs, data and archive efforts.
2013 interview with veteran digital journalist and educator Jody Brannon, who now oversees a pioneering demographics-driven news project.
2012 interview with Harvard University political scientist and data expert Gary King, on connections between social science and data journalism.
2012 interview between News21 collaborators ASU professor Steve Doig and Alex Remington, of Journalist's Resource.
Guide from the Citizen Media Law Project providing an overview of FOIA and other techniques for finding documents at different levels of government.