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Catherine Sheffo

Catherine Sheffo is a contributor to the American Press Institute. She is a data and graphics reporter for Capital News Service at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Catherine is a 2016 graduate of the University of Maryland.

How to avoid 10 common mistakes in data reporting

After getting your hands on a data set, the hardest part of incorporating data analysis into your beat is getting started — and avoiding beginners’ pitfalls along the way. From scrambled columns to unintelligible field names, every file you receive with comes with challenges for new and experienced data reporters alike. We talked to Sean […]

4 kinds of stories you’re doing wrong without data

Incorporating data into the daily newsroom grind can feel overwhelming, especially for smaller publications that may need to train writers on how to use data techniques to expand their reporting. It’s tempting to wait for a large enterprise piece to begin using data in new ways, but starting data work on a smaller scale can […]

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