Open Data Journalism Quiz

10 Questions
Data Quizzes & Trivia

This short quiz on the the introductory concepts to Open Data Journalism has been created to test your knowledge on lessons learned from the Open Journalism Workshop of the Open Democracy Advice Centre.

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In Excel, when you have a wide variety of data, what function is most useful for re-organising that data to compare it according to different variables?
    • A. 

      Autosum.

    • B. 

      Tables.

    • C. 

      Charts.

    • D. 

      Pivot tables.

  • 2. 
    Why is open data journalism being taught alongside access to information laws and whistleblower protections? (Chose the most correct answer).
    • A. 

      Because all three are dealing with specific laws.

    • B. 

      Because all three concern methods for investigative journalists to gain information to write stories.

    • C. 

      There is no reason.

    • D. 

      Because all three have similar-sounding names.

  • 3. 
    There is a South African Chapter of the international network HackHackers.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    What are the four suggested steps for creating an open data story?
    • A. 

      1) Find the data 2) Analyse the data 3) Present and visualise the data

    • B. 

      1) Find the data 2) Analyse the data 3) Present and visualise the data 4) Contextualise and localise the data

    • C. 

      1) Find the data 2) Present and visualise the data 3) Analyse the data 4) Contextualise and localise the data

    • D. 

      1) Contextualise and organise the data 2) Find the data 3) Present and visualise the data 4) Analyse the data

  • 5. 
    What is open data journalism?
    • A. 

      Journalism that creates stories which are open for anyone to use.

    • B. 

      Journalism that creates stories from open data.

    • C. 

      All journalism is open data journalism.

  • 6. 
    When the Association of Independent Publishers examined news stories from Limpopo, they discovered that 73% of the stories were potentially investigative. However, how many were actually turned into an investigative story by their standards?
    • A. 

      24%

    • B. 

      5%

    • C. 

      17%

    • D. 

      73%

  • 7. 
    The World Bank Data site has data freely available which relates specifically to South Africa.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    In a google search, placing a tilde sign like this ~ before your search term will:
    • A. 

      Search for that exact phrasing of your search term.

    • B. 

      Search for all terms that exclude your search term.

    • C. 

      Search for all the synonyms of your search term.

  • 9. 
    Which of these does not have a dedicated open data site?
    • A. 

      The World Bank.

    • B. 

      Statistics South Africa.

    • C. 

      Department of Home Affairs.

    • D. 

      Africa Open Data.

  • 10. 
    The data story by Tom Hargrove of the Howard Scripps New Service called 'Murder Mysteries' was a good example of:
    • A. 

      The use of a data story to create real social change.

    • B. 

      The effective use of open data to create a news story which still told people something new.

    • C. 

      The ability of a focused journalist to piece together different pieces of data to look at the issue underlying a story, rather than just the event itself.

    • D. 

      All of the above.