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  • How to find stories in data through visualization - notebook

    This notebook contains 6 sections, one with instructions for setting up your notebook, one explaining the basicis of ggplot (the graphing library we'll be using) and four which contains code and descriptions of visualizations useful for exploring different types of data. In each section (except the first) there will be exercises for you to complete. If you get stuck you can check out this notebook. It has hints that you can expand to show you what your output visualization should look like and, if you’re completely lost, the code to generate those figures. You can also use the notebook to check your work once you're finished. https://www.kaggle.com/rtatman/how-to-find-stories-in-data-through-visualization

    Tags: visualization; code; ggplot

    By Rachael Tatman

    2018

  • The only one in the newsroom tipsheet

    When you have a certain skill - like using Excel - you’ll tend to seek out the kinds of stories where you can exercise that skill. But if you’re the only person in the newsroom with that skill, you’re the ONLY PERSON doing those stories. We’ll share our experiences as a lone person helping to grow the skills of their fellow reporters and editors through techniques such as code-clinic hours, co-programming, cheat sheets, tutorials and other (*shudder*) documentation. These practices are useful for staffs large and small, for organizations that want to increase their staffs' data skills or for a lone web developer who just wants to take a week off.

    Tags: lone; newsroom; computers; tech

    By Tim Broderick

    2018

  • The only one in the newsroom

    When you have a certain skill - like using Excel - you’ll tend to seek out the kinds of stories where you can exercise that skill. But if you’re the only person in the newsroom with that skill, you’re the ONLY PERSON doing those stories. We’ll share our experiences as a lone person helping to grow the skills of their fellow reporters and editors through techniques such as code-clinic hours, co-programming, cheat sheets, tutorials and other (*shudder*) documentation. These practices are useful for staffs large and small, for organizations that want to increase their staffs' data skills or for a lone web developer who just wants to take a week off.

    Tags: lone; newsroom; computers; tech

    By Tim Broderick; Alexandra Kanik; Lisa Pickoff-White

    2018

  • How Drawing Exercises Your Brain

    Leah Kohlenberg explains the value of brain exercise through drawing for journalists.

    Tags: drawing; brain; mental

    By Leah Kohlenberg

    2017

  • Torturing Excel into Doing Statistics

    Steve Doig put together this tipsheet and exercise that will teach you how to manipulate Excel into doing statistics for you.

    Tags: excel; practice; spreadsheet; data; stats; statistics

    By Steve Doig

    2017

  • How drawing exercises your brain

    Can learning to draw improve your writing and reporting skills? Can you, a reporter good with words who can only draw a stick figure, learn to draw? Yes you can! To prove it, take a look at this presentation from a Time Magazine reporter/writer turned professional artist and art teacher. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1xeb3A7-u5wxDMjAzlbZ8f930JFZ-8cHndd3MQmJA73c/pub?start=true&loop=true&delayms=3000&slide=id.g1cbc59aa77_0_55

    Tags: drawing; brain; artist; mental

    By Leah Kohlenberg

    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

  • Pdf-extraction to Excel

    Get great tips and tricks on how to extract a PDF into Excel. Included in the tipsheet are links to tools as well as some exercises to practice.

    Tags: pdf; excel

    By Nils Mulvad

    2016

  • TESTING AND DEBUGGING CODE IN PYTHON

    This Presentation will walk participants through tools for testing and debugging Python code for common newsroom tasks. Participants will also learn software design patterns that make their code easier to test and debug. Participants will learn by doing as they write tests for newsroom code and fix broken code with the help of the debugger. https://ghing.github.io/nicar2016-python-testing-debugging-slides/#/ https://github.com/ghing/nicar2016-python-testing-debugging-exercises

    Tags: code; debugging; newsroom; software; design

    By Geoff Hing

    2016

  • PyCAR 2016 - presentation

    This slideshow is from PyCAR, a hands-on presentation that teaches basic programming concepts using the Python language. https://ireapps.github.io/pycar/pycar_intro.html#/ Code for the exercises: https://github.com/ireapps/pycar

    Tags: pycar; python; programming; basic

    By Adriana Homolova; Alex Richards; Tom Meagher; Scott Bradley

    2016