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  • Author: Alastair Otter

    Data visualisation & design, journalist, hacker.

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    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
    Maps are one of the most popular ways to visualise data and are an easy way to add context

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    Visualising the price of petrol

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    For some time now I’ve been working on some ideas around presenting the monthly fluctuation in the petrol price in an easy-to-understand and interactive form. For many people the sudden and seemingly volatile changes in the petrol price inspire thoughts of conspiracy (clearly government is

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    Visual storytelling: The story of South Africa’s water

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    In the second-half of 2016, and early 2917, South Africa endured one of its worst droughts in close on 30 years. Coming so close on the heels of the previous year’s severe drought it got me thinking. Most of us grow up knowing that South

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    Essential tips and tools for beginning data journalism

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    As the world of journalism changes many journalists are looking to learn new skills; skills better suited to an industry that is increasingly digitised and visual.  For many that probably entails learning something about data journalism and visualisation. But, if you’re from a strictly printed

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    That awkward moment when your competitors use your column to promote their paywall

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    The past couple of years have seen a fair amount of mud-slinging between the Times Media Group (TMG) and Independent Media but this week it reached a new crescendo.
    It began with a piece by Financial Mail’s Ann Crotty in which she asked if Independent

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    Data Viz: What happens when countries rely on coal to grow their economies?

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Laura Grant and I have just finished a brand new data and visualisation project on the effect coal has on carbon emissions in Bric countries. The data part was all the work of Laura while I spent a lot of time scratching my head of D3.js code (I’m still no expert but I learned a lot).

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    DataViz: Matric 2015 pass rate comparison

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    As part of another, bigger, project I was playing around with some ideas in d3.js and created this simple comparison between the provincial pass rates for Matric 2015 and the national pass average. The blue circle is set to equal 100%, no matter how many students there were in each province. The red circle reflects the pass rate for each province as a percentage.

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    How a free email newsletter turned a computer programmer into a Newsweek columnist

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Rusty Foster’s Today in Tabs may be heavy on snark, but it also stands at the intersection of some important trends — the retro intimacy of email, the dance of new and old media, and the next wave of aggregation.

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    What NPR learned about social media journalism in 2015

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    NPR’s social media desk looks back at 2015 and shares some of the many lessons it learned over the course of the year. Put some time aside for this because this is a pretty detailed list of lessons.

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    Six tricks to make your data visualisations look better

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Whatever software you’re using, there’s simply no excuse for accepting the defaults and not trying to make your charts look more professional. But where do you start? It’s easy to look at great design and agree that it’s great, but when you’re looking at an Excel

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