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James Ball is a data journalist working for the Guardian investigations team, which he joined after working for Wikileaks and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He is the Washington Post Laurence Stern Fellow for 2012 and visiting lecturer at City University London...
It was a rainy afternoon I gazed sadly into the bookshelves of Waterstone’s for hours and hours. My ex-girlfriend was a few meters away, reminding me of how tough love can be. I just wanted to go home and...
The Data Journalism Awards (DJA)- the first international contest recognising outstanding work in the field of data journalism – has just announced it is back in 2013 for its second ever year, this time with some exciting additions. The Guardian’s...
Following on from my post on beginner’s tips for Excel taken from our workshop with James Ball (of Guardian Datablog fame), I’d like to highlight the possibly most valuable tool within Excel, which if you can master, you’d be...
So, you want to be a data journalist? All well and good, but it’s important to remember to learn to crawl before you can walk, and luckily we had the Guardian’s James Ball to guide us every baby-step of...
At the gentle urging of Mauricio, I've decided to dedicate my time landlocked and bored in Florida to conquering my fear of data visualisations. I've spent all year completely overwhelmed, wondering how I went from a master's in political...
Brazil and India don’t share much common ground. But, along with the United States, they are the top three markets for Facebook in the world. While more than 156 million Americans have already adopted Mark Zuckerberg’s creation, only recently...