The Associated Press will be sharing expertise and learning from other data journalists from around the country at a computer-assisted reporting conference put on by NICAR and Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE). The annual event runs today through March 8 in Atlanta.
“Every year we pick up tools and techniques that become essential to our data journalism toolkit. And every year, I personally steal a few teaching ideas that help me bring the material back to the broader AP,” said AP Editor for Interactive Technology Troy Thibodeaux. “All this, and we get to compare notes and ask questions of the people in other news organizations whose work most inspires and challenges us.”
Here’s some of the hands-on training AP is providing:
THURSDAY, MARCH 5
- Grabbing data from websites without scraping
AP data journalist Michelle Minkoff co-leads a tutorial on how to get structured data from websites using a web browser with free tools and ad-ons.
FRIDAY, MARCH 6
- Bridging the developer/journalist gap
AP newsroom developer Maureen Linke shares best practices for bringing together coders and non-coders alike in newsrooms to tell great stories.
- Introducing Geomancer: Don’t let your data be lonely tonight
Thibodeaux and AP data journalist Serdar Tumgoren talk about Geomancer, a new tool created by AP and a team of developers from civic technology company DataMade, that makes it easier for journalists to add context to a data set.
SATURDAY, MARCH 7
- Getting started with SQLite
This workshop led by Thibodeaux will provide an introduction to the world of SQL (Structured Query Language), “the lingua franca of relational databases.”
- Summing and grouping in SQLite
Thibodeaux will help journalists build their SQL skills in this advanced workshop.
- Visualization for reporting
Minkoff co-leads a workshop on how to use visualizations and graphics as a powerful reporting tool.
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