Introduction to Data Journalism

As the field of data journalism has grown, several leading journalism research institutions have created guides for journalists and students that explain the role of data in enhancing reporting and offer key resources for data-driven journalism.

What Is Data Journalism? 
“The Data Journalism Handbook” is an online resource for journalists interested in data-driven journalism. The first chapter, What Is Data Journalism?, defines data journalism,
explains how the use of big data in reporting strengthens storytelling, and examines how incorporating visualizations and infographics aids in conveying complex information to readers. 

Understanding data journalism: Overview of resources, tools and topics 
Journalist’s Resource, a collaboration between the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center and the Carnegie-Knight Initiative, offers a primer on the growth of data-driven journalism and provides links to basic tools for data-driven reporting, including “The Data Journalism Handbook,” open datasets, data clean-up tools, visualization software, and other resources. 

Data-driven journalism, explained 
The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas gives a overview of the practice and
importance of data journalism, what distinguishes it from traditional reporting, and how
using data visualizations can enhance storytelling and reporting transparency. 

5 tips for getting started in data journalism 
Poynter defines and describes data-driven journalism and gives some tips on beginning to incorporate data journalism into reporting, including cultivating sources for data and
technology, building technical skills, and developing questions and projects to exploring.