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A guide to mastering math to tell better stories

This 14-slide presentation provides some quick tips on using numbers and math in your reporting. For example, memorize common numbers on your beat, learn to convert to simple ratios (1 out of 10) to keep your numbers small, and use devices from everyday life to make comparisons.

Sit back and enjoy these presentations and tutorials from #NICAR14

Chrys Wu has aggregated a cheat sheet with lists of tutorials, tools, and samples of work from the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) conference taking place in Baltimore. So, even if you’re not there, you can get started with Excel, learn to build maps with leaflet and mapbox.js, or even take a Python mini-bootcamp.

5 ways hyperlocal sites can do more with data

Damian Radcliffe shares five ways hyperlocals can do data journalism: create niche blogs or stories using data; use data to illustrate key points; unearth data using information requests; using networked journalism to fill in gaps; and using data as a tool for partnerships, with hyperlocals identifying stories as a grassroots level which then get escalated […]

Guardian Media Group takes 15% stake in training company for coding and data science

The Guardian’s parent group is investing in a local digital training company that teaches people to “Code in a Day” or “Data in a Day,” services that also benefit its newsroom. As part of the deal, it’s also  likely the Guardian will leverage its resources and knowledge in other ways. The firm may be involved […]

Why the New York Times hired a biology researcher as its chief data scientist

Understanding the audience via data is prominent in future-of-journalism talk. The Times is looking for help from a somewhat out-of-the-box source: a data scientist interested in the natural sciences and applying similar concepts to the real world. Columbia University associate professor Chris Wiggins will work for the Times on machine learning and predictive modeling. One […]

8 web scraping tools for non-developers

Adam Marcus compiled a list of some available tools for “scraping” data from text on web pages. He also explains the steps in web scraping, what it is, and where each of the tools (mostly free) fits in the process. While none of them is perfect, Marcus writes, “Where pure automation fails, a human can […]

Bringing computer science to journalism takes a lot more than algorithms

“There are some amazing algorithms coming out the computer science community which promise to revolutionize how journalists deal with large quantities of information,” writes Jonathan Stray. “But building a tool that journalists can use to get stories done takes a lot more than algorithms.”

A web scraper tool that anyone can use, not just developers

Web scraping is a process that extracts data from a Web page, and the folks at Kimono Labs built a tool that anyone can use. The tool is accessible from the browser, recognizes associations and relations among the data, and can be run and tested in the cloud.

Improve your data journalism skills — for free

The European Journalism Centre is hosting a free five-week online course starting in early 2014, “Doing Journalism With Data: First Steps and Skills.” Some of the topics include an introduction to data journalism in the newsroom, how to find and understand your data, and how to transform data into stories and interactive visualizations.

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