If you’re new to plumbing spreadsheets and databases, it’s likely that you might exhibit some anxiety about your new found skills. But take it from a seasoned professional, Maurice Tamman of The Wall Street Journal, don’t hesitate to share your data and check your work. Even if it means phoning up a competitor to see if you are drawing fair conclusions about a particular dataset, it’s better to get feedback than to publish a story on a poor assumption. Listing to Tamman give his advice to journalists just starting out in the realm of computer-assisted reporting.

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