Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Practical Guide
Fourth Edition

This straightforward and effective how-to guide provides the basics for any journalist or student beginning to use data for news stories. It has step-by-step instructions on how to do basic data analysis in journalism while addressing why these digital tools should be an integral part of reporting in the 21st Century. The book pays particular attention to the need for accuracy in computer-assisted reporting and to both the potential and pitfalls in utilizing large datasets in journalism.

An ideal core text for courses on data-driven journalism or computer-assisted reporting, Houston pushes back on current trends by helping current and future journalists become more accountable for the accuracy and relevance of the data they acquire and share.

The 4th Edition of "Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Practical Guide" includes a website for the book that provides data for the exercises in the book and links to other resources including ones on the IRE and NICAR web pages. The IRE package of spreadsheets is an excellent supplement to the book.

Also, supplementary data and exercises, especially for international journalists, will be added to the book's website in the coming months.

The user name and password for the book's webpage can be obtained from IRE or the publisher, Routledge, or from the author, with purchase of the book.

The book can be purchased from IRE at a discount for members and others through the IRE Store.

Questions and comments about the book can be sent directly to the author at