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  • 8 questions about becoming a data journalist (with answers)

    Last night, Scott Klein, who runs the News Apps team at ProPublica, took part in the weekly #wjchat on Twitter. The topic was “So you want to be a data journalist?” Other journalists in the data/interactive journalism community, including Yuri Victor of Vox and Sandhya Kambhampati from Chronicle of Higher Education, chimed in for the conversation aimed at helping people figure out what was the best way for someone to enter the field.

    Here are the key takeaways from the chat:

    1. What is a data journalist? What skills and knowledge do you need?

    Short answer: The ability to think of creative ways to can channel data. You can interview a person, and you can interview spreadsheets.

    @wjchat also be transparent about data analysis & open to new ways of looking at data #wjchat

    — Sandhya Kambhampati (@sandhya__k) July 30, 2015

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  • Media as kingmaker: Roger Ailes rules over first GOP debate

    New York Magazine

     Roger Ailes, chairman and chief executive officer of Fox News in 2006. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    Roger Ailes, chairman and chief executive officer of Fox News in 2006. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    Amid ample confusion, one thing is clear: Fox News boss Roger Ailes is the power behind the throne for the first big Republican presidential debate.

    No, it’s probably really the power in front of the debate throne.

    Fox is running next week’s first debate in Cleveland and, at this point, it’s even unclear which ten candidates will be allowed on stage (or at least who’ll be the tenth and final combatant, given Fox’s ultimately poll-driven decision).

    Ailes was a master of stagecraft as a GOP political operative and, fittingly, there’s been much discussion and lobbying over the format.

    “Fox told campaigns this week that the candidates will be lined up onstage according to their poll numbers, with the leader in the center and the others to his left and right. Read more

  • John Cook named temporary executive editor at Gawker

    The International Business Times

    John Cook will be taking over the position of the executive editor at Gawker Media temporarily. The announcement comes after seven staffers left the company recently, including executive editor Tommy Craggs and editor-in-chief Max Read.

    Cook is currently the investigations editor at the publication. The announcement that came from a memo that Cook sent out this morning also notes that Leah Beckmann, the current deputy editor will take over as the editor-in-chief, until a permanent replacement is hired for Max Read. Hamilton Nolan, currently a senior writer at the publication, will take over Beckmann’s position.

    Cook, in collaboration with Nick Denton and Heather Dietrick will set up a search committee for a new permanent executive editor in addition to identifying candidates for the position of editor-in-chief. Read more

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J. Luther Sylvahn

Progressive Herald

In the predominantly black neighborhood that once stood in the old 15th Ward on the eastern edge of downtown Syracuse, J. Luther Sylvahn was the picture of refinement. He played classical music on the violin.

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