For a fact-based Worldview


Hans Rosling, co-founder and promoter of the Gapminder Foundation and of fights with statistics against myths (‘Our goal is to replace devastating myths with a fact-based worldview.’) and tries to counterbalance media focussing on war, conflicts and chaos.

Here one more example (and this in a media interview…): ‘You can’t use media if you want to understand the world’ (sic!)

And this statement on; ‘Statistical facts don’t come to people naturally. Quite the opposite. Most people understand the world by generalizing personal experiences which are very biased. In the media the “news-worthy” events exaggerate the unusual and put the focus on swift changes. Slow and steady changes in major trends don’t get much attention. Unintentionally, people end-up carrying around a sack of outdated facts that you got in school (including knowledge that often was outdated when acquired in school).’



Data Journalism: A Handbook, Guides and a Competition

A Data Journalism Handbook is about to be written by a group of well-known authors.  The structure of the handbook is ready, waiting to be filled with useful information helping data journalists to find interesting data and write exciting stories.

Click the picture to read the Handbook in Google Docs.


Official Statistics could …

… give a little help as this topic has been discussed on many occasions and has led to several documents:


Source: Statistical dissemination and communication (DissComm) – UNECE.


Some reflections about Statistical Storytelling …

— may also contribute

Storytelling revisited. IMAODBC Vilnius 2010


A data journalism seminar (in German)  may be seen as a kind of handbook too:

Datenjournalismus. Übersichtsseminar mit praktischen Übungen zum Thema Datenjournalismus, Wien 18.11.2011


And now: A Data Journalism competition

‘The European Journalism Centre, a non-profit based in Maastricht, has been running data training workshops for several years. It is producing the Data Journalism Awards website and administering the prize. “This new initiative should help convince editors around the world that data journalism is not a crazy idea, but a viable part of the industry,” says Wilfried Ruetten, Director of the center.

Projects should be submitted to The deadline is April 10, 2012. Entries should have been published or aired between April 11, 2011 and April 10, 2012. Media companies, non-profit organisations, freelancers and individuals are eligible.

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Easy reading is damn hard writing.

Nathaniel Hawthorne