Tipsheets

Browse more 5,000 tipsheets from our national conferences and Watchdog Workshops on how to cover specific beats, conduct a great interview and learn countless tips on where to find the information you need.

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  • Which Chart Should I Use, And Why?

    A slide deck presentation explaining how to choose the right chart based on the data being visualized.

    Tags: data visualization; qualitative data; quantitative data; data relationships; charts; maps; visual vocabulary

    By Ashlyn Still, Nathaniel Lash, Casey Miller and Jasmine Lee

    2019

  • Mapping in Excel with ArcGIS Maps for Office

    Charts and graphs are a great way to start to tell your story, but what happens when you want to go further? With ArcGIS Maps for Office, you can create maps, perform analysis and gain new understanding without ever leaving Excel. Use this tipsheet to learn how you can visualize your data in new ways that will capture your audience’s attention.

    Tags: Mapping; ArcGIS; ArcGIS Maps for Office; Excel; data visualization

    By Robby Deming

    2018

  • Uncovering hidden stories at nonprofit organizations

    Nonprofit organizations can be an untapped source for watchdog stories and investigations. Learn how to find and navigate IRS 990 forms and other documents to track spending, contracts, executive compensation and potential conflicts of interest at nonprofit organizations. Find out how to dig digger on organizations such as nonprofit hospitals, charity groups, arts organizations, youth sports leagues and more.

    Tags: nonprofits; 990s; spending; contracts; compensation; conflicts of interests; investigate nonprofits

    By Andrea Fuller

    2019

  • Tunnel Vision: Finding great stories about transportation

    The subway, the highway, school buses, planes, trains and automobiles: Few beats affect as many people as transportation. And in 2018, when seemingly every week is "Infrastructure Week," the topic is more important than ever. Three reporters from different parts of the country share tips and tools for finding great stories in your community.

    Tags: transportation; highways; subway; planes; trains; infrastructure

    By Laura Nelson and Brian Rosenthal

    2018

  • JavaScript: Writing reusable chart modules in D3

    Tired of making the same line chart again and again? We’ll teach you how to write your own reusable chart module in D3, adhering to the basic principles outlined in Mike Bostock’s post Towards Reusable Charts. https://github.com/The-Politico/nicar18-reusable-charts

    Tags: d3; javascript; reusable; charts

    By Sarah Frostenson

    2018

  • Intermediate D3 Github repo

    We will build on D3.js basics by exploring more complex chart forms, covering functions for fetching and manipulating data, and introducing transitions and interaction. We will write working code together and break down how some of our favorite examples of D3 charts work. https://github.com/jmuyskens/intermediate-d3-nicar-2018

    Tags: de; charts; data; interaction; code

    By John Muyskens

    2018

  • Beginning D3

    We’ll cover the basics of getting started with D3, even if you’ve never used it before. Then we’ll take several real datasets and use them to create a few basic charts. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vT1ZaSMiEDRCWqKlMnVB_4snFUFYKemQrt165H0v18dGkw-9pP1RPGql7k8B4Uje-FV_cxl3aNiyEma/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000&slide=id.g1b1c2bd0b3_1_346

    Tags: d3

    By Darla Cameron

    2018

  • Beyond 1M rows: Using and joining large datasets in Excel

    The old restriction of 1 million rows in Excel no longer applies. Get and Transform in Office 2016 allows you to connect to large data sources, query them and even merge tables straight from your spreadsheet. This data and files help you look at visualizing this data in Excel with Pivot Charts. https://www.dropbox.com/s/r68wwih83o27suk/Microsoft%20session%20files.zip?dl=0

    Tags: datasets; joining; excel

    By Leo Zhao; Callie Neylan; Joseph Chirilov

    2018

  • All charts lie. Some lie more than others

    Most journalists and the public believe that charts, graphs, maps and infographics are “intuitive,” “easy to understand” and perfect for a time when “nobody reads anymore.” They also buy into clichés such as “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This presentation will dispel all these myths and, in the process, provide some guidance on how to design better visualizations that tell a more accurate story.

    Tags: charts; graphs; infographics; maps; visualization

    By Alberto Cairo

    2018

  • Recycle dataviz: Invest time in elements you can reuse or update quickly

    Ideas for maps, charts and databases that you can build once but use often: school test scores, unemployment rates, building permits, highway deaths, public salaries, calculators showing the effect of tax bill proposals, etc. These can be daily stories you have to write every year, a recurring topic you want to highlight or a standalone accountability page.

    Tags: maps; charts; databases; reusable

    By Jayme Fraser; Kai Teo; Rachel Alexander

    2018