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Alberto Cairo Presentation for May 4 Data Journalism Symposium

Visual communications expert Alberto Cairo shares his slideshow presentation on the art of infographics.

LIVE Storify: Complexity & Context Data Journalism Symposium

Journalists, technologists and civic leaders talk trends and implications for the future of data journalism.

Unleash your inner data geek

Join our spring Visualizing Data Workshop Series.

Custom Trainings: Supporting the Next Generation of Broadcast Media

How can television and radio stations effectively adapt their content for the web, especially new mobile platforms? We can help.

Beyond Infographics: 12 Ways to Visualize Data

Guest blogger Patrick Winfield looks beyond the basic pie charts and infographics to explore other techniques and tools that can help visualize data.

TJ Kelly: Social Media and The Impact of Storytelling

Social media marketing expert TJ Kelly has worked with some of the biggest clients in the world (eBay, HP, Charles Schwab). Here he shows journalists, educators and public affairs experts how to use the same strategies to engage their communities.

Can Twitter predict an election?

Our very own data viz guru, Len DeGroot, has built a living tool that predicts the winner of congressional elections each day based on ongoing Twitter feeds.

Clicks, Likes and Tweets: Boost Your Social Media Engagement

Want to spruce up your social media skills, but unsure of what a workshop can really teach you? Here are the four main things you can get out of our training.

Information is Beautiful Awards Celebrates Data Viz Experts

Data is beautiful. Skeptical? Check out the finalists for the first Information is Beautiful Awards.

Mobile Reporting Tools by Richard Koci Hernandez

Under the tutelage of Richard Koci-Hernandez, frequent kdmcBerkeley presenter and Assistant Professor at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, a small group of students enrolled in an eight week mobile reporting course last spring. Check out his mobile reporting field guide:

Development ends for Protovis

Stanford visualization team drops development of Protovis, switches to D3.js.

June Web 2.0 Webcasts

Our June Web 2.0 workshop was a smashing success, and featured three excellent speakers: Grant Barrett on audience engagement, Burt Herman on Storify, Amy Gahran on mobile audiences. Webcast archives are now available.

WordPress Tutorials Galore

We've added more than 50 pages of tutorials, covering everything you need to run and manage your WordPress-based site.

Better timelines through editing

Tough editing makes TimelineSetter interactive timelines more effective.

Tutorial: Building an Ad Platform with DFP

Ready to up the ante with your publication's ad serving system? Our in-depth tutorial on Google's DoubleClick for Publishers will get you up to speed quickly.

Flash vs. HTML5: What should journalists learn next?

There is a small war brewing in the multimedia journalism world between Flash and HTML5, and I'm not sure where things will end up.

Is Your CMS a Bottleneck to Innovation?

The biggest barrier to innovation in news publishing may not be time, money, or will, but the content management system itself.

Interactive Census Workshop

Interactive Census Workshop


The KDMC at UC Berkeley is offering a customized visual storytelling workshop to train journalists on new ways to process data from the 2010 Census. Fellows will illustrate the information using visualization and mapping tools to create a clearer, more meaningful picture of the complex statistics gathered in the national survey.

In this intensive six-day workshop, you will learn to ...

Web Design Principles Slideshow

As part of the May Multimedia Workshop, KDMC webmaster Scot Hacker presented a talk on web design principles. His slides from the talk are available below. This presentation is an overview of general web design principles for journalists, including best practices in layout, typography, color selection, and more

GateHouse vs. The New York Times

When a site publishes an RSS feed, are rights of reproduction automatically implied? Can any site embed any other site's RSS feeds into itself, or is RSS only meant for "personal consumption?" The case of GateHouse vs. The New York Times has far-reaching implications for the sharing of headlines and ledes between sites.

Orange County Register Using Twitter for Fire Coverage

The Orange County Register is using a Twitter feed to provide reports by people in Orange County about the huge fire there.

Is Twitter Killing Blogs?

It's a common refrain in the Twitterverse: "My blog is dying!" When users can cut to the 140-character chase so quickly and so easily, they may start to wonder whether all those words they poured into their weblogs for years were a few thousand too many.

Giving Away the Farm

YouTube, Flickr, Ning, GMail,  From discussion boards to multimedia, there's an abundance of free or affordable services out there ready to lower barriers to entry. But think twice before jumping on the free service bandwagon - "free" almost always has a cost.

Twittering the news: DOs and DON'Ts

Twitter logoAmong the horde of Web 2.0 sites popping up each day, it seems the newest craze to emerge online is the Twitter social network. Very suddenly we are getting lots of questions about Twitter; people wanting to know what it is, how it works and most importantly how journalists can best use it in their newsrooms.

Well the first ...