Monthly Archives: March 2015

Key concepts of data visualization

There are lots of cool tools and applications for making graphs, charts, maps and timelines. Some are easy. Some are sophisticated. But the key to making data visualizations is understanding some key concepts for communicating with your audience.

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In-class activity: RU crime stats visualization exercise

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Week 9

In Class: –NICAR 2015 Slides, Links and Tutorials –New Jersey Advance Media Data Toolbox (via Steve Sterling) –Common types of data formats –Introduction to scraping Assignments: -For Thursday: Come with a link to an example of a good data journalism story … Continue reading

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7 common data formats

When you are seeking data, you will find that it comes in many forms and formats. For example, look at OpenDataPhilly. You want to know a bit about some of the most common formats you may encounter. For example: XLS … Continue reading

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Introduction to scraping

Scraping is using a tool to capture information from online sources (web page, database, word doc, pdf, etc.) and put it into a form that you can use. There are many tools and techniques for scraping. Which one will work … Continue reading

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Sample stories from Clery Report

Clery Report shows increase in sexual assault, burglaries on campus (The Whit) Which Philadelphia university is the safest? Where is crime the worst? The data will surprise you (BillyPenn) Sexual assault at Penn: Law faculty, students battle over accused rapists’ rights (BillyPenn) Brainstorming: … Continue reading

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Week 7

Next quiz postponed until next Tuesday, March 10. It will be open-note/Internet. It will cover: Distrusting data Statistics Every Writer Should Know Newsroom Math crib sheet (pdf) Interviewing data with Excel Basic newsroom math and statistics Math formulas and functions in Excel … Continue reading

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