Data Journalism 101

You've probably heard that more and more news organizations are using data journalism for their reporting. But what does that mean? AP's data journalist Serdar Tumgoren will lead us through an explanation of what data journalism is, where you can find data, and what you can use it for. Whether you are a reporter on a beat looking to put out smarter and harder hitting stories, or a journalist with time to do longer investigations, there is more and more data out there -- and it's not that difficult to start using it. This is a skill anyone can master!

You will learn:

• What data journalism is & see examples of it in action

• How data journalism can help you find stories, supplement existing stories, form the basis for visualization and other graphics

• What data is out there & how you can find it

• How to manage data and use it

Format: The first half will be a lecture covering the topics above. In the second half, we'll teach you how to start working with data. Bring a laptop, if you have one. It doesn't need any fancy software on it -- just Excel.

Instructor: Serdar Tumgoren is a data journalist at the Associated Press in San Francisco, who regularly teaches about using data in reporting at NICAR and elsewhere.

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  • George L.

    Very much enjoyed it- came away inspired. Here is something I made this week: http://inthesetimes.com/prison-complex/entry/16696/presidential_clemency_which_presidents_used_it_most1. I recommend trying Tableau Public http://www.tableausoftware.com/public/

    May 13

  • Angela W.

    @George That's awesome!

    May 13

  • Aldo

    where ?

    May 13

  • Angela P.

    Of course it was awesome although it would have been nice to have an Excel demo.

    April 30

  • Angela W.

    General Assembly is offering two relevant workshops: Moving from Excel to SQL and Python for Data Analysis. Both very accessible. Also for more about APIs, Pamela Fox has a nice how-to. I posted everything on Twitter @angelawoodall

    1 · April 30

  • Rosa T.

    Got exactly what I wanted out of it and more. Thanks for having us, Serdar and Code For America!

    April 29

    • E.B. B.

      Excellent! So glad it was useful.

      April 30

  • Kevin

    I am coming up from San Jose, so I will be late... hope that's ok! Do I need to do anything to get in to CfA?

    April 29

  • E.B. B.

    Don't forget to bring a laptop to this presentation, if you have one. In the second part of the session, Serdar will teach you how to begin working with data, and you can follow along on your own computer if you have one. (No special software needed!)

    April 28

    • Bo H.

      Tablet should be good?

      April 29

    • E.B. B.

      Yes, absolutely!

      April 29

  • E.B. B.

    Hi all: Does anyone have experience video recording an event like this? If so, would you be willing to volunteer to shoot this presentation for us? We'd love to be able to make it available to folks who aren't able to attend. If so, pls shoot us an email at: [masked]. Thx!

    April 28

  • Derek K.

    Sounds interesting. I'm a columnist for the Westside Observer, doing longer investigative pieces using City data bases.

    April 21

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