The Homicide Report: Combination of Data and Journalism

LA Times’s informative Homicide Report provides context, clarity and the truth regarding homicides in LA County. To make sense of big data, LA Times gives the name, age and cause of death of each victim since 2007 on an interactive map, along with a blog where people can write their own comments.

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Today, more than ever, journalists need to verify and analyze vast amount of data. That’s why data journalism has become so important for the society.

The real power of this piece is to provide information that would otherwise be very difficult to find or to prove. It saves time and is a way to tell richer stories (more context). It tells the story for every victimAlso, journalists don’t have time to mess around trying to get data out of PDFs, so having all this data at one place is incredibly valuable.

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This site can be useful for homeowners who are interested in moving to LA and they want to find out how safe the area is. It can also be helpful for journalists who are looking for trends and for the data regarding homicide rates in LA. Homicide Report is aimed to give a more complete picture of LA County’s violence. It is easy to navigate the site and find out if there’s increase in homicides or if there is an increase in homicides in particular group of people and so forth. Collecting data is a great way to find good stories and to see things you wouldn’t otherwise see.

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