If you haven’t stumbled across the new internet phenomenon that is TikTok, I’m slightly jealous. Millions of young people have been caught in the snare of the social media app – 689 million users every month, to be precise.
The classic advice given to children is to “turn the other cheek” if someone is bothering them: Don’t give people the satisfaction of a reaction. But life online means abuse has found a home in people’s very own notifications and it soon becomes hard to ignore. Journalism especially invites a world of criticism and although social media gives journalists more exposure, it comes at a price.
Three prominent British journalists who know all about creating data-driven work are: John Burn-Murdoch, Senior Data-Visualisation Journalist at The Financial Times; Ashley Kirk, Visual Projects Editor at The Guardian; and Alex Homer, Senior Journalist at the BBC Shared Data Unit. Here are their top tips for getting to grips with data-driven journalism.