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Data journalism trainer and writer Paul Bradshaw explains how to get started in data journalism, from getting to the data to visualising it
So where does a budding data journalist start? An obvious answer would be "with the data" - but there's a second answer too: "With a question".
There is no shortage of data being released that you can get your journalistic teeth into. The open data movement in the UK and internationally is seeing a continual release of newsworthy data, and it's relatively easy to find datasets being released by regulators, consumer groups, charities, scientific institutions and businesses. You can also monitor the responses to Freedom of Information requests on What Do They Know, and on organisations' own disclosure logs. And of course, there's the Guardian's own datablog.