Final class on Monday, May 2

We have learned a lot! We have been introduced to a new area in journalism – data journalism. My goal for you in this class is for you to have learned enough about data journalism that you would not be fearful to jump in and work on a data story at your first job! I wanted to give you this link of resources for data journalism. It was compiled byMary Jo Webster, one of the guru’s of teaching data journalism in the academic world.

The Data Journalism Training Materials should help refresh your memory of what you have learned this semester, or show you additional skills you are ready to learn.


Tableau Public

We will be learning about data visualization using Tableau Public.

First, you need to download the free program from Tableau Public and install on your computer. You will have to create a free account; it is where your visualizations will also be stored on the internet. Once Tableau Public is installed and you have created an account, please download this data set:

Freedom of the Press

Tableau Public has some great video training for you to learn more.

Google Fusion Tables

Here are the links and data for class on Monday, April 11.

Google Fusion Tables

Bay Area Population

Learn about Fusion Tables, an experimental app from Google, with this tutorial. You will be downloading some data from the tutorial. Create a map of the Bay Area population with this tutorial.

Butterfly Map

Now create a map using this Fusion Tables tutorial. This map incorporates photos in it. You must remember from regular Google Maps that all photos, videos, etc must have a “home” on the internet, either in the media library of your blog or on a website.

Above and beyond

QGIS is a free, open source GIS application for Windows and Mac that provides a great starting point for journalists who want to learn to explore data with maps. However, it is complicated to install on your computer. After our OpenRefine experience, I’m going to leave it up to you whether you want to learn this application

Another above and beyond is geotagging photos. Here’s a tutorial from our friends at UC Berkeley to help you with that: Geotagging.