After ten fantastic interviews with data journalists about their work, one point is already clear – data literacy is an increasingly essential skill. Matt Keifer of the Chicago Reporter puts it succinctly: "Data is getting to be ubiquitous. … I think that ‘data journalism’ is an anachronism waiting to happen. Just call it journalism." Daniel Hertz, Senior Fellow at the City Observatory, looks at open data when exploring a new story: "It usually starts with a question and you realize that this is an answerable empirical question, and the numbers are publicly available,...

[Editors note: As a bunch of data geeks, we always enjoy getting our hands dirty exploring interesting data. This is the third of a three-part series on data sets with a story to tell; check out part one and part two. Also, you can find the source data here.] When looking at how well NFL teams perform, we often talk about everything from offensive formations to coaching and personnel to properly inflated footballs. But what about external factors beyond a team’s control – are there ever any scenarios where the cards...

[Editors note: As a bunch of data geeks, we always enjoy getting our hands dirty exploring interesting data. This is the second of a three-part series on data sets with a story to tell; you can find part one here. Also, check out the source data here.] Take a moment to close your eyes and think about the taste of an apple. Sweet, slightly tart and floral, but definitely still sweet. Fruits taste good because they contain sugar, but they are sugar lightweights when compared to the sweetened beverages that dominate...

[Editors note: As a bunch of data geeks, we always enjoy getting our hands dirty exploring interesting data. This is the first of a three-part series on data sets with a story to tell. You can check out the source data for this here.] There’s a reason that practically everything that happens in a baseball game is meticulously tracked. Interesting baseball stories are often captured beautifully in data. For instance, a recent analysis has shown that hitters start losing their abilities as soon as their careers begin. Perhaps this is why it’s...