About This Course
Data journalism is now a mandatory skill for reporters. Silk allows you to quickly generate data insights, data visualizations and data stories, turning a beat reporter into a data journalist.
Silk.co is an all-purpose data journalism tool that any journalist can use to convert spreadsheets into data stories complete with maps, charts, tables, and image galleries that are immediately publishable.
Check out some examples of published Silk data visualizations:
Some examples of what a live Silk database looks like include:
Every visualization created in Silk generates a responsive embed code that makes the visualizations mobile-friendly. Unlike other tools, also, Silk actually converts the data into a true online database that can be modified as your data changes or the story grows, automatically updating all of the published visualizations wherever they live on the Internet.
In Silk, your readers can not only see and interact with your visualization online with inline filters and interactive screens but they can also use data to build their own visualizations for republication in blogs, regional papers or other outlets. For large publications presenting national stories, Silk allows for rapid creation of locally relevant visualizations by local publications.
Silk is geared towards publications that want their reporters and editors to have the ability to analyze data and generate and publish their own visualizations, maps and tables quickly. (Geek Speak: For publications with dedicated visualization teams, Silk can serve as a repository for data which can be accessed via API and rendered into custom visualizations.)
See more tools at Poynter's home for digital tools: Try This! — Tools for Journalism.