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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  • The NICAR Hitchhiker's Guide to Web APIs

    A tipsheet explaining how to use the program Postman to extract data using a web application programming interface (API).

    Tags: API; Postman; web scraping; data scraping; data journalism; data collection; application programming interface

    By David Eads and Roberto Rocha

    2019

  • Inside the sausage factory: An inside look at government data making

    What lives behind the records request? This tipsheet will bring together three experts in government data collection and use to discuss how governments collect, use and distribute data. Each has extensive experience collecting and using data at either the local, state or federal level. With that, learn why data is collected, how to track down data, what formats are used and other nuances of the governmental data making process.

    Tags: data-making; government; data

    By Josh Kalov; Hunter Owens; Rebecca Williams

    2018

  • Innovative Approaches to Storytelling

    Technology is changing the investigative and storytelling processes, from basic fact and data collection and analysis, to producing and delivering stories, to connecting with our communities. Sensors, artificial intelligence, drones, 360-degree video, virtual and augmented reality, data visualization, chatbots and phone apps… the list of emergent tools goes on. Erika Owens of OpenNews and Saleem Khan of INVSTG8.NET discuss recent innovations in storytelling, and how and when to use them.

    Tags: stories; innovation; new

    By Saleem Khan; Erika Owens

    2017

  • Surveillance and Tailing

    A good, but unclassified, explanation of how to conduct surveillance – and therefore how to spot and shake tails – is found in an instruction handout produced by an American paramilitary group some years ago. The original document, quoted below, can be found in the Monday Collection at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. While the document is somewhat dated technologically, the concepts taught in the piece remain valid. The text and punctuation have been left as originally presented and do not meet all journalistic standards for clarity and stylebook-correctness.

    Tags: tails; driving; shaking; safety; security

    By Mark Monday

    2017

  • Getting Data Into Microsoft Access tipsheet

    Microsoft Access is a database management system (dbms), often shortened to “database” or “database software.” A database is a collection of related tables, and a database management system is the interface. Learn the basics of using it with this tipsheet.

    Tags: access; database; management; software

    By Tracy Greer

    2017

  • Data journalism: Maryjo Webster's training materials

    This is a collection of Webster's data journalism training materials, primarily used for a college-level course she teaches at the University of Minnesota. However, it could also be used by someone wishing to learn on their own. Many (although not all) of the exercises have directions that walk you through. If you're a beginner, she recommends starting at the top of the page and working your way down. http://mjwebster.github.io/DataJ/

    Tags: training; materials; college

    By Maryjo Webster

    2017

  • Excel Magic

    A collection of MaryJo Webster's data journalism training materials. http://mjwebster.github.io/DataJ/

    Tags: data; data journalism;

    By MaryJo Webster

    2017

  • Rolling Your Own Data: Nuisance Abatement

    Sometimes there's a government database to FOIA. But often the best data for a story doesn't exist in database format. It's a collection of documents, or statistical tables trapped in PDF files. This tipsheet will show you examples of stories that were powered by data created from scratch, and provide tips for how to go about such a project.

    Tags: data; rolling; databases; scratch

    By Sarah Ryley

    2016

  • Rolling your own data presentation

    Sometimes there's a government database to FOIA. But often the best data for a story doesn't exist in database format. It's a collection of documents, or statistical tables trapped in PDF files. This presentation will show you examples of stories that were powered by data created from scratch, and provide tips for how to go about such a project.

    Tags: data; rolling; databases; scratch

    By Robert Gebeloff, Sarah Ryley, Jennifer LaFleur

    2016

  • Command Line Graphics

    Some of the most powerful tools for creating visuals and working with images lie hidden in your terminal. We'll do an overview of some of these amazing (FREE!) tools – such as ImageMagick and ffmpeg – and see some real world techniques for working with large collections of images, and how I use these tools in my projects at WSJ. Some of the things we'll cover: make a timelapse video from sequential images, extract and save metadata embedded in photos, create image quilts, and build animated GIFs from videos. https://github.com/jonkeegan/command-line-graphics

    Tags: command lone; visuals; images; terminal

    By Jon Keegan

    2016