Data journalism

MPs expenses, Wikileaks, the Panama Papers…some of the biggest stories of our time have been driven by data. A basic knowledge of spreadsheets, statistics and data visualisation is a must for any journalist who wants to be up to date with the new forms of reporting.

Participants will learn how to find stories behind the numbers and what are the best ways of communicating them.

This course is for journalists, students, content marketers and designers who want to learn the basics of data journalism to enhance their reporting skills or to create engaging content for their clients. You don’t need to have any previous experience with Excel or any other piece of software.

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Course Outline

Introduction to data journalism

  • The growing importance of data in journalism
  • Find out what marketers are doing with data
  • Telling stories with numbers. Find the best ways of communicating your data

How to get your data

  • Data is everywhere, but what are the most reliable sources?
  • How to use the freedom of information act

Clean and analyse your data

  • Discover the most common formats to store data
  • Remove duplicates and clean messy datasets

Spreadsheets for journalists

  • Learn what formulas any data-savvy journalist should use
  • Pivot tables – use them to save time analysing your data

Data visualisation

  • Rules and principles of data visualisation
  • Free tools to quickly visualise your data
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All courses can be run at the Press Association offices

in London, Victoria or on your own premises.

If you have any further questions contact us on

+44 (0)20 7963 7920
training@pressassociation.com

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