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  • Digging deeper with data and documents

    Move beyond anecdotes and he-said, she-said journalism with data and documents. Advice on developing a documents state of mind, navigating public records, understanding records retention schedules and exploring key records on a variety of beats.

    Tags: data; documents; datasets; public records; records; records retention

    By Corey Johnson

    2018

  • Datasets you should be using

    A wide range of local and national databases you can request or download immediately, along with related story ideas that will position you to lead coverage while holding governments of all levels accountable.

    Tags: data; data journalism; datasets; data stories; databases; local; national

    By Andrew Tran and Todd Wallack

    2018

  • The power of data

    Learn how to obtain and utilize data to tell data-driven stories, from Matt Dempsey of the Houston Chronicle, Jennifer LaFleur of the Investigative Reporting Workshop and Jodi Upton of Syracuse University.

    Tags: data; data journalism; datasets; data stories

    By Matt Dempsey, Jennifer LaFleur and Jodi Upton

    2018

  • Finding your target in the money laundering capital of the world

    David Cameron pledged to break the wall of corporate secrecy when he was British prime minister, and two key datasets were released in late 2017: - The PSC register unmasks the true owners of companies registered in the UK. It has thousands of Americans and overseas nationals - Land ownership property data in the U.K. has been made available — owning property here is favored method to launder money by corrupt individuals the world over. As a result, the assets and cash of corrupt individuals may be hiding in plain sight. In this class, we will follow three prominent individuals, including a U.S. president, through the newly available datasets to show how and why you should turn to the U.K. and her territories to investigate your target.

    Tags: money laundering; uk; united kingdom

    By Leila Haddou

    2018

  • Finding International Data: Where to look in Africa

    Are you still calling colleagues overseas to get international records? There are oceans of relevant datasets across the world that can be accessed instantaneously.

    Tags: international; records; data

    By Nana Boakye-Yiadom

    2018

  • No passport needed: Finding relevant international data

    Are you still calling colleagues overseas to get international records? There are oceans of relevant datasets across the world that can be accessed instantaneously.

    Tags: international; records; data

    By Giannina Segnini

    2018

  • Methods and Resources to Find Relevant Cross-Border Data for your Reporting

    Are you still calling colleagues overseas to get international records? There are oceans of relevant datasets across the world that can be accessed instantaneously.

    Tags: international; records; data

    By Pınar Dağ

    2018

  • Csvkit, a command-line tool for reporters Github repo

    Ever struggled with large data sets? Or need to quickly join or merge data sets without benefit of a database? We will show you how to harness the awesome power of CSVKit to wrangle large datasets on the command line. It's easy to use, fast and powerful. It's a must in every data journalist's tool box. https://github.com/utdata/csvkit-nicar2018

    Tags: database; dataset; csvkit; merge; joining

    By Christian McDonald

    2018

  • An Introduction to VisiData

    VisiData is a free, open-source tool that lets you quickly open, explore, summarize, and analyze datasets in your computer’s terminal. VisiData works with CSV files, Excel spreadsheets, SQL databases, and many other data sources. https://jsvine.github.io/intro-to-visidata/

    Tags: datasets; visidata

    By Jeremy Singer-Vine

    2018

  • Investigating Immigration

    Move beyond routine stories about immigrants and immigration by digging deeper on key documents and data that might be new to you. You’ll learn where different datasets are located at the local, state and federal level as well as how to use alternative data sources to cover immigration. Regardless of where you live or work, you'll learn a variety of fresh story ideas and tips for producing watchdog stories about immigration that make a difference in your community.

    Tags: immigrants; data; sets; story; immigration

    By Maria Zamudio; Sarah Macaraeg; Pam Dempsey; Reade Levinson

    2018