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    About Us

    We’re a group of independent journalists who just love a good story. We’re dedicated to quality journalism and the craft of digital storytelling. While we specialise in data-driven and narrative journalism, we’re a multi-talented bunch able to harness decades of journalism skills, combining them with state-of-the-art programming and presentation to create stories for all sorts of screens. We initiate our own media projects, but we also offer our services to civil society organisations and corporate social responsibility projects with a story to tell.

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    Here we offer a selection of our work, just some of the projects we've worked on. For a fuller listing of our projects take a look at our portfolio section.


    Passmark makes schools data accessible so people can see whether South Africa's schools are up to standard.


    We're constantly working with data and experimenting with visualisations. Datablog is our home for these projects as well as guides on working with data.

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    Our weekly email newsletter rounding up the best news and analysis on the changing media industry.

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    In the first part of our series on water we look at South Africa's water storage infrastructure.

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    Media Hack’s Passmark project shortlisted for two global data journalism awards

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Media Hack’s Passmark project has been shortlisted in two categories in the worldwide Data Journalism Awards run by the Global Editors Network. Passmark was been shortlisted in both the Data Journalism Website of the Year  and the Public Choice categories.
    According to the organisers there were

    data journalism, visualisation, work

    Six State of the Nation Addresses compared

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    The 2018 State of the Nation Address (SONA) in South Africa was an event that most of the country was eagerly looking forward to. The reason was that it was to be the first SONA by the country’s newest president, Cyril Ramaphosa, following the resignation

    data journalism, visualisation, work

    12 years in South Africa’s schools

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Last week we published a new data story for our Passmark project. The story looks at the South African schooling system and how pupils progress (or don’t progress) through the system, and paints a bleak picture of the state of education in the country. “In

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    Tutorial: Extracting data from PDFs with Tabula

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    It’s one of data journalism’s most frustrating challenges. You have a dataset which is perfect for your project, but the data is locked in a PDF that makes it almost impossible to extract. You could try and retype the data yourself, but what if the

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    Working with importHtml: Part 2

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Earlier this week we released the first in our video tutorial series called “Getting Started with Data Journalism”. In that tutorial we looked at using the importHtml command to import data from a Wikipedia page into a Google Sheet. In this, the second part of

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    data journalism, video tutorials

    Getting started with data journalism: a video tutorial series

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Are you keen to learn some data journalism skills but don’t know where to start? Do you want to get up to speed quickly with finding, cleaning, filtering, analysing or visualising data?
    Last week we released the first of our tutorial videos on essential skills

    data journalism, Passmark, visualisation, work

    Hidden danger: Asbestos in Gauteng schools

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    There are more than 200 schools in Gauteng that are built partially or fully from asbestos, a construction material banned in South Africa and a known cause of cancer. Of these, 29 of the schools are built entirely of asbestos, and should be replaced according

    data journalism, Journalism Toolbox

    The beginner’s guide to extracting data from PDFs

    Posted By Laura Grant

    This is part 3 of an occasional series on useful tools for data journalists. You can see all the other parts in the series here: The Journalism Toolbox.
    Journalists get lots of data in PDF format – they can be tables of data that are

    data journalism, Journalism Toolbox, new media tools, visualisation

    A mapping toolbox for journalists: 10+ tools worth checking out

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    This is part 2 of an occasional series on useful tools for data journalists. Part 1: Want to be a data journalist? Learn these important tools or see all the other parts in the series here: The Journalism Toolbox
    Maps are one of the most popular

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