PubMedia Scan: Tarot Cards, Title Cards

Screen grab of the Top 10 Title Sequences of 2014

To kick off the new year, we have a round-up of predictions for 2015 (thanks, Nieman Lab) and a quick look back at some of the best overlooked craft of 2014 (thanks, Art of the Title). 

But one of the really interesting things as we flip to the new calendar is how journalism, a traditionally fact-heavy profession, adapts in order to manage, interpret and present truly massive sets of data. 

Data literacy is a crucial piece of any journalist’s professional development, but conferences (and newsrooms) are still full of people who harbor a marrow-deep Fear Of The Spreadsheet. (And the converted who still want to learn more: The AIR offices will clear out for MIT’s upcoming Datalore Hack, one of us handed out copies of Alberto Cairo’s “The Functional Art” for holiday gifts, and we’re watching Localorian Julia Kumari Drapkin as she makes her next moves with The Almanac.)

That’s why D’Vera Cohn’s explainer about marriage statistics is one of our must-reads for the week: It’s makes the point that you don’t have to be a theoretical mathematician to clean and present data stories — you just have to have a clear, skeptical head.

• Tea Leaves 2015. The Nieman Lab asked 65 journalists and tech thinkers to predict the future. Short on time? Pubmedia thinkers here.
• Data? I do. D’Vera Cohn explains how the Pew Research Center breaks down marriage stats. A useful read for anyone confronting complex information sets.
• For The Ken Burns Crowd. Art of the Title’s Top 10 Title Sequences of 2014 pays homage to the art we consume while waiting for the performance.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for reading.

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