By Glynn A. Hill
Ryann Grochowski Jones, Eric Sagara, and Helena Bengtsson co-hosted a panel called "Life after Excel and Access" at the 2015 CAR Conference to share tips about taking the next steps in data journalism.
Grochowski Jones, a data reporter at ProPublica, talked about the first steps. Below are some of her suggestions:
Sagara, a senior data reporter at the Center for Investigative Reporting, shared his experience learning programs such as Python and Ruby. He said that your field and need determine what programs you should learn.
Bengtsson, an data projects editor at the Guardian, offered suggestions for getting organizations on board with IT projects. She said it might be easier at a smaller organization—where there is less policy, and coworkers may live near you.
Still, she said, that shouldn’t discourage you from trying to find interested people or pitching data projects to your boss. But keep in mind:
Bengtsson said learning all of this is important to handle larger text files and web scrape for big data.
Glynn A. Hill is a 2015 CAR Conference Knight Scholar and budding multimedia journalist from Howard University in Washington, D.C. He's worked with The New York Times Student Journalism Institute as well as interning for organizations like USA TODAY, and most recently, The Washington Informer.