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One year ago the editor in chief at El Confidencial was convinced of an idea: put a programmer in the newsroom and let a bunch of journalists work with him to produce data-driven stories and provide data to the rest of the newsroom.

That’s how the Data Journalism Team at El Confidencial was born, in latespring 2014, in a newsroom without an infographic department. It was the first data journalism unit in a Spanish media. Now, on year after, I’m glad to post in the slideshow below some examples of our achievements  our little space in the newspaper web).

Click on the image to see the slideshow

Click on the image to see the slideshow

Everything sounds great, but in the messy day-by-day newsroom routine, we failed on more than one aspect. Improve them will be our guideline for the future:

  • humanize data. As Alberto Nardelli, from The Guardian, puts it, “Without humanity, data alone is meaningless”;
  • evangelize the whole newsroom. Data is everywhere, let data it be in every article;
  • create new quality standards for our own stories, taking advantage of data to give new shapes to routinely told news;
  • more data driven stories, less data visualizations.
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