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Explore a Career in Data Journalism - Discussion with Ashley Kirk, Data Journalist with The Telegraph

Ashley Kirk, the first Data Journalist at The Telegraph, gives a detailed account of what working as a data journalist entails. Data journalism is a relatively new space that is emerging as a "hot" career these days.

Prior to The Telegraph, Ashley has written for several publications, including the Guardian, the Independent and City A.M. Ashley has a Bachelor in English degree from University of Birmingham and a Master in Interactive Journalism degree from City University London.

If you're curious about the kind of story a Data Journalist would work on, here are 3 stories that Ashley has written for The Telegraph:

1. What Africa will look like in a 100 years -…ca-in-100-years/

2. Hillary Clinton failed to win over Black, Hispanic and Female voters…and-female-vot/

3. The claims that won it for Brexit, fact checked -…he-big-claims1/


Check out the podcast below to listen to the complete discussion! :)


Some of the areas we touch upon in this episode include:

1. What is Data Journalism
2. Difference between a Data Journalist and a "regular" Journalist
3. Stages in the lifecycle of a "Data" story
4. How data sourcing can be a challenge when working as a data journalist
5. Ashley's thoughts on the kind of person would enjoy working in this space
6. Interesting and challenging aspects of the job
7. How interested candidates should use online resources to begin building their brand and carve a niche for themselves
8. Some great resources for interested candidates to check out

Thank you for listening!! 


If you have any questions for Ashley or for us, you can email us at or tweet at us @led_curator or like us on Facebook at . You can also follow Ashley on Twitter @Ashley_J_Kirk and check out his website at

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