A Citation Network of Wikipedia’s Featured Articles

Type an unfamiliar term into Google, and chances are your quest for answers will cross paths with Wikipedia. With more than 470 million unique monthly visitors as of February 2012, the world’s free encyclopedia has become a popular source of information. Our team (Jackie Cohen, Priya Kumar, and Florence Lee) used network principles to explore whereContinue reading “A Citation Network of Wikipedia’s Featured Articles”

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Keep Your Sanity While Learning to Code

Learn to code? The question populated headlines this year. The Atlantic‘s Olga Khazan set journalists a-Twitter after pronouncing that journalism schools should not require students to “learn code.” She insisted her opposition extended to HTML and CSS, not data journalism, data analysis, or data visualization, making her post’s headline feel misleading given that those can requireContinue reading “Keep Your Sanity While Learning to Code”

Diving into Data: How to Jumpstart Data Analysis in Media Organizations

Take dozens of smart people, given them a ton of information, and demand they make sense out of it under deadline pressure. Journalists know this as life in a newsroom, and they see great work emerge from such an environment every day. The same concept works for service in the age of data, as IContinue reading “Diving into Data: How to Jumpstart Data Analysis in Media Organizations”

Policy Provides Context to Understand Data

How many rewards cards hang on your keychain? How many website accounts do you maintain? How much information do you share with organizations? Type your name into Spokeo and see what comes up. Chances are, it’s pretty accurate. Many places collect personal information; that’s nothing new. But combine the ability to store unlimited amounts of data,Continue reading “Policy Provides Context to Understand Data”

You’re a Journalist. Why are you in iSchool?

Good question. I’m in information school (iSchool) because knowing how to interview people and write stories is not enough to succeed as a journalist today. In earlier eras, mainstream media were the source of facts (re: information). Between the World Wide Web and mobile technology, facts now lie at our fingertips. We don’t need toContinue reading “You’re a Journalist. Why are you in iSchool?”