News outlets are perennially strapped for cash, and cutting-edge data work isn't often the squeaky wheel that gets the grease. We'll go over free tools that can help you fit data into your daily schedule, build some cool visualizations and accomplish more for less. We'll move fast and cover tools across the spectrum from beginner to advanced.
Helena Bengtsson is Editor for Data Journalism at Sveriges Television, Sweden’s national television broadcaster. She previously worked as Editor, Data Projects at the Guardian, UK, between 2014-2017. In 2006 and 2007, she was Database Editor at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C. She was awarded Stora Journalistpriset (The Swedish Grand Prize for Journalism) in Sweden twice, in 2010 for Valpejl.se and in 2016 for innovator of the year. @HelenaBengtsson
Samantha Sunne is a freelance journalist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She speaks at conferences, universities and newsrooms around the world, teaching digital tools and tech literacy for journalists. Her work has been published by the Washington Post, NPR and Reuters, and recommended by the Poynter Institute and the Harvard Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. @samanthasunne
Free Tools for Journalists
This tipsheet goes through pros and cons of 32 different free tools of different functions ranging from spreadsheets, text editors and database managers to data visualization tools and FOIA request trackers.