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Data Journalism : Introduction

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One Day Course

Classroom Based


Data-driven journalism is the increasingly popular process of analysing and filtering data to find new stories or different angles on existing stories. This is a one day course that will teach journalists how to use the powerful data-analysis tools in Microsoft Excel to assess data from different sources and look for stories within the facts.

This course assumes a working knowledge of Excel, if you are new to Excel please give us a call and we can arrange a tailored course. If you are interested in honing your writing skills, we would recommend taking one of our Introduction to Feature Writing or Introduction to News Writing courses to compliment what you will learn on this course.You should have attended our Excel Introduction course or have previous working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

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Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • What is Data Journalism?
    • Why is there such an increase in Data Journalism?
    • Examples of good Data Journalism
    • Merging technical knowledge and journalism

    Mission critical Excel skills
    • How to use Excel to find stories
    • Sorting
    • Turning records into a table

    Pivot tables and journalism
    • Why journalists need pivot tables
    • Creating a pivot table
    • Auto-filtering data
    • Constructing a table
    • Moving fields around
    • Various ways of displaying values
    • Manoeuvring fields around the table
    • Creating different results and tables from the same spreadsheet
  • Finding data online
    •Turning online text into a spreadsheet
    •Finding data journalism sources online
    •Preparing third-party spreadsheets for your analysis
    •Recognising data entry errors and how to repair them
    •When to add your own data columns to a spreadsheet
    – and how to use them to analyse data

    Finding Stories in the Data
    •Asking the right questions
    •Analysing the data in different ways
    •Finding new story ideas
    •Looking for the hidden story

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Attendees surveyed20721
  Trainer Knowledge9.8 / 10
  Trainer Materials9.6 / 10
  Trainer Preparation9.8 / 10
  Overall Trainer Score9.7 / 10
  Centre Lunch9.6 / 10
  Centre Staff9.9 / 10
  Overall Centre Score9.7 / 10
  Overall Experience9.7 / 10
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