Week 12 – Tues., April 16 and Thurs., April 18

In Class:
“Pick of the Week” – Data stories that originated in the everyday:
An illustrated guide to all 2,339 deaths in Game of Thrones (Wash Post)
Women’s pockets are inferior (Pudding)
We used math to help LeBron cast Space Jam 2 (FiveThirtyEight)

-Getting access to rudatajstudent.wordpress.com
-Use Resource page as reference for your Final Project
Final Project Overview

Assignments:
Data Visualization assignments (Worth 40 points) due Thursday, April 18 at end of class
Final Project Pitch (Worth 5 points) due Thursday, April 18 at end of class

Next Week:
Outline (Worth 10 points) – Due Thurs., April 25 at end of class

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Week 11 – Tues., April 9 and Thurs., April 11

Data Journalism Pick of the Week – Food Plight (CUNY Graduate School of Journalism)

In Class:
-Getting access to rudatajstudent.wordpress.com
Revised assignments and grading for semester
Visualization 101(Visage + Hubspot)
Charts and Graph Thought-Starter
-Intro to some out-of-the-box visualization tools
Common Data Type Files (revisited)
-Review your election graphics made with Flourish
Final Project Overview

Assignments:
Data Visualization assignments (Worth 40 points) due Thursday, April 18 at end of class
Final Project Pitch (Worth 5 points) due Thursday, April 18 at end of class

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Data Visualization Assignments due April 18

Worth 40 quiz points

Due April 18 at end of class

You are going to replicate the following visualizations:

1. Governor – 2018 Midterm Election Results (Worth 5 points)

2. U.S. Senate – 2018 Midterm Election Results (Worth 5 points)

3. Top Selling Music Singles of All Time (Worth 15 points)

4. Major League Baseball Contracts (Worth 15 points)

When you are done with each, Export and Publish and copy the link.

Send me one email with links to all four of your visualizations.

Continue reading

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Final Project – Spring 2019

Worth 90 points

Goal:

To produce a publishable feature story using data and visualizations.

Deadlines:

The Final Project is worth a total of 90 points. You must meet deadlines for each of the required parts. All work must be submitted on time to get credit. No late work accepted.

There are five parts to this assignment. (See detailed requirements for each below.)

Story Pitch (Worth 5 points) – Due Thurs., April 18 at end of class
Outline (Worth 10 points) – Due Thurs., April 25 at end of class
First Draft (Worth 20 points) – Due Thurs., May 2 at end of class
Final Draft (50 points) – Due Tues., May 7 at 10:15 am
Presentation (5 points) in class on Tues., May 7 from 10:15 am to 12:15pm

Requirements:

-Follow this process:

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(Note: Everything we have covered this semester for each of these steps is on the Resources page.)

-Must be a story that you need several weeks to report. No “day after” stories. It must be an article that requires analysis, reporting, writing and visualization.

-Your goal is a publishable article. Pick a publication that you think would publish an article on your topic. (Writing it for the Whit is a great option.) Write your article for a specific publication and their audience and niche. After the semester ends, pitch it to that publication. (If a 12-year-old can do it, so can you.)

-You must obtain data from a reliable source or collect it yourself.

-You must do original reporting to flesh out the data, including your own interviews/quotes from at least three (3) people who are knowledgable about your topic.

1. Written article (approx. 750-1,000 words) will consist of:

  • Compelling, descriptive headline that uses key words
  • Byline
  • An image that pulls reader into the story (If you don’t take it yourself it must be Creative Commons)
  • Strong lead that starts with a real person and real events.
  • Nutgraph that states story angle. What is your story?
  • Cosmic graph – a sentence or two that puts your story in a larger context. Why should reader care?
  • Methodology – A sentence or two that tells reader how you got your data.
  • Organized story structure with key findings. Follow this structure for your article.
  • Quotes from at least three (3) sources will something relevant and compelling to say
  • Clean copy – no grammar or spelling errors
  • A link to a spreadsheet of your data

2. Visualization(s) that convey your information with images, charts, graphics, video, etc

Some possible formats include:

Graphs/charts

Example: You know enough to do of the graphs or charts on Flourish.

Infographics

Example: You can put together a series of graphs and graphs into an infographic using Info.gram

Photos or Images

Example: You can do before and after with comparisons with Juxtapose or a visual history using Timeline.

GIFS

Example: Bust out some legos, download the app StopMotion, and make a GIF.

Maps

Example: You know to make maps with points or shapes using Google My Maps, Fusion Tables or Flourish.

Short video

Example: See How the NJ 911 service fee gets divided (NJ.com) and Women’s Marches Around the World (Penisula Press)

Some examples of students’ Final Projects from the past:

  • Are fashion magazine’s cover models becoming more racially/ethnically diverse?
  • Which comic series – DC or Marvel – has the most diverse cast of characters?
  • Are “Five Star” High School football recruits destined for NFL success?
  • Has Rowan’s baseball team “small ball” strategy led to success?
  • How much student debt do Rowan students have compared to other schools in New Jersey? How does the debt affect their post-graduate decisions?
  • Will Philadelphia adopt dockless bike sharing? What can they learn from other cities who already have it?
  • What are the most dangerous areas for pedestrians near Rowan University?
  • A growing number of universities are donating unused food to food banks and charities. How does Rowan’s efforts compare to others?
  • Who is the worst pitcher in baseball history?
  • Why do Rowan students not use the shuttle service?
  • Why are the same songs performed over and over on “American Idol?”
  • How many undocumented students attend Rowan? Is the university doing enough to support them?
  • A few years ago Rowan proposed a plan to help students graduate in 3 years by going to school year around. Are many students are taking advantage of it?
  • Has Rowan increased fees for parking permits over the past five years? Where does that money go?
  • Has there been a measurable decline in defense in the NBA? If so, why?
  • Are millennials being priced out of Philadelphia?
  • What countries produce the most professional soccer players?
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Final Project Presentation due May 7 at start of class

Worth 5 points

On Tuesday, May 7 from 10:15am-12:15pm (during the final exam period), each person will give a presentation of their final project.

Worth 5 points toward final project grade

I’ll bring coffee and donuts.

You’ll pull up your article on the screen and tell us about it. Five (5) minutes max.

Tell us:

  • What is the main question you set out to answer in your story?
  • What is your methodology? What data are you using to try to answer the question?
  • What are your key findings?
  • What is the main challenge you faced in this project?
  • What aspect of the project are you most proud of?
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Final Project – Final Draft due May 7 at start of class

Worth 50 points

(10 points off for late work)

-Final story must be posted to rudatajstudent.wordpress.com by the start of the final exam period at 10:15am on Thursday, May 7

-Revise your first draft based on my edits and suggestions.

-As part of your  headline write FINAL ( ie FINAL – Why Ben Simmons is the Next Michael Jordan)

Project requirements:

1. Written article (approx. 750-1,000 words) will consist of:

  • Compelling, descriptive headline that uses key words
  • Byline
  • An image that pulls reader into the story (If you don’t take it yourself it must be Creative Commons)
  • Strong lead that starts with a real person and real events.
  • Nutgraph that states story angle. What is your story?
  • Cosmic graph – a sentence or two that puts your story in a larger context. Why should reader care?
  • Methodology – A sentence or two that tells reader how you got your data.
  • Organized story structure with key findings. Follow this structure for your article.
  • Quotes from at least three (3) sources will something relevant and compelling to say
  • Clean copy – no grammar or spelling errors
  • A link to a spreadsheet of your data

2. Visualization(s) that convey your information with images, charts, graphics, video, etc

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Final Project Outline – April 25 at end of class

Worth 10 points

Once you have a solid pitch, you want to start digging into your data. You may need to scrape, clean, do calculations, etc. Once you have completed this, post an update under your initial pitch. This will serve as the outline for the next step in your project.

Your outline must have the following five (5) elements:

1. Upload and Excel spreadsheet or link to a Google sheet of the data you are using.

2. Define any terms that are key to your story. For example, if you are looking at “high student loan debt of Rowan,” then you have to define what you mean by “high.”  Experts who analyze student loans say that $25,000 in total debt is manageable for a career that starts at around $40,000 a year; if someone owes more or expects to make less, than they run the risk of default.

3. Explain the initial findings of your data analysis. These will be answers to some of the questions you posed in your initial story pitch.

4. Provide a rough sketch of how you plan to visualize at least one of your findings.

5. Give me a list of possible sources (at least three) you are going to try to contact for quotes.

Add it to the bottom of your story pitch post on rudatajstudent.wordpress.com

It should look something like this

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