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Humanizing ‘Dry’ Data Is Only Part of the Challenge for Community News

Tom Grubisich

Humanizing ‘Dry’ Data Is Only Part of the Challenge for Community News

I’m utterly convinced that data will be the salvation of community news sites, both in delivering more audience-engaging content and doing so cost-effectively. But the big problem in community journalism is not data that’s dry and creepy. It’s data that’s incomplete, badly formatted, sloppily collected or – most serious of all – withheld…

Memo to Hyperlocal Editors: You Too Can Be a Nate Silver

Tom Grubisich

Memo to Hyperlocal Editors: You Too Can Be a Nate Silver

As I watched Nate Silver achieve such success analyzing numbers during the election, I asked myself: Can hyperlocal news sites learn anything from FiveThirtyEight? The question is pertinent because numbers of all kind — far beyond those from polling and elections — are gushing from local governments, but not many of them are showing up in meaningful ways on community sites…