Getting Started – Tip Sheets

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If you’re new to data journalism, these free online materials can help you get your bearings.

Collaborative Data Journalism Guide This 2019 ProPublica guidebook covers:

  • Types of newsroom collaborations and how to start them
  • How a collaboration around crowdsourced data works
  • Questions to consider before starting a crowdsourced collaboration
  • Ways to collaborate around a shared dataset
  • How to set up and manage workflows in data collaborations

Data Journalism: MaryJo Webster’s Training Materials is a collection of resources for beginning data journalists that includes general data advice, a list of book recommendations, instructions on R, SQL, and spreadsheets, and data story ideas. MaryJo Webster is a data journalist with the Minnesota Star-Tribune.

Structuring & Sharing Data Investigations, by Marcel Pauly and Patrick Stotz of Der Spiegel, for GIJC19.

How to Do #ddj With a Small Newsroom and a Limited Budget, an advice-packed  GIJC19 presentation by Pinar Dag from datajournalismturkey.

Reverse Engineering Step by Step, by Felix Ebert and Vanessa Wormer of Süddeutsche Zeitung, Thorsten Holz of Ruhr University Bochum, and Hakan Tanriverdi of Bayerische Rundfunk. Prepared for GIJC19.

Data Journalism Tools by MIT’s Knight Science Journalism program provides a list of books, conferences, tools, and databases for journalists. 

Diving into Data Journalism (2016) by Samantha Sunne for API is a general guide that covers principles of data journalism, starting a data team in a newsroom, and challenges in data journalism. 

Introduction to Data Journalism is a syllabus prepared by US journalist Peter Aldhous for an introductory course at UC Berkeley. It walks through basic statistics, getting and cleaning data, using spreadsheets, and visualization.

The New York Times recently released materials that they are using in the newsroom to increase data literacy. Start with the readme file.  

Quick Guide to Data Journalism by DataCamp defines data journalism, offers advice on which programming languages to learn, and includes links to books, Twitter accounts, and other resources. 

Ricochet by Chrys Wu contains tip sheets and presentations from years of IRE and NICAR conferences. Lots of great ideas, including international examples. 

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