- Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, by the numbers (Houston Chronicle)
- Maps: Tracking Harvey’s Destructive Path (NYTimes)
- Houston’s floodwaters are receding, but they remain dangerously high in many areas (Washington Post)
- Maps show what Harvey’s impact would look like in other U.S. states (Houston Chronicle)
- What 500-year flooding could look like around five cities (Washington Post)
- Houston May Get 50 Inches of Rain. How Long Does It Take Your City to Get That Much? (NYTimes)
- Houston’s “Wild West” growth (Washington Post)
- 3,000 Cries for Help (NYTimes)
- Boomtown, Flood Town (TexasTribune)
This course is an introduction to the collection, analysis, and presentation of data by journalists for the purpose of engaging and informing the public.
In this course, students will:
- Explore key data journalism concepts and skills.
- Gain insight into how data journalism is practiced in newsrooms.
- Learn how to obtain data sets through newswires, strategic searching, FOIA and scraping.
- Review newsroom math and statistics.
- Learn techniques for sorting, filtering and cleaning data sets.
- Think critically about the limitations of datasets and learn to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of data.
- Pitch and write news stories using data and statistics.
- Create basic infographics and visualizations.
The course is comprised of brief lectures, readings, in-class assignments, quizzes, a group project and a substantial final project. I will conduct the course as a group facilitator and editor. Students will learn much of the content through practical, hands-on work. The course is dependent on students’ attendance, participation, curiosity, work ethic and teamwork.
Download a pdf of the full syllabus here.
No class on Monday, December 12
Revised Final Project story must be posted by Wed, Dec. 14 at 12:30pm. NO LATE WORK ACCEPTED. (Worth 70 points) Make sure your final project has all of the required elements (ie headline, photo, 3 quotes, graph, links, spreadsheet of data, etc) and has a clear structure).
Final Project presentations (Worth 5 points) during final exam period Wed, Dec. 14 12:30pm-2:30pm
-Pivot table story rewrite. Open:
-Wednesday, Dec. 7 is a final project workday. Bring what you have.
-No class on Monday, December 12
-Revised Final Project story must be posted by Wed, Dec. 14 at 12:30pm. NO LATE WORK ACCEPTED. (Worth 70 points) Make sure your final project has all of the required elements (ie headline, photo, 3 quotes, graph, links, etc) and has a clear structure).
-Final Project presentations (Worth 5 points) during final exam period Wed, Dec. 14 12:30-2:30pm
Each person will give a presentation of their final project. Worth 5 points toward final project grade.
Prepare four points (4 minutes max):
- Give us the nutgraph of your story.
- One thing you are proud of.
- One thing that didn’t work out as you hoped.
- A takeaway. What did you learn in the process of doing story?
-Review your classmates’ Final Project pitches at https://rudatajstudent.wordpress.com/ Help each other out with ideas and feedback.
-Work on Final Project Outline and Storyboard due Fri., Dec 2 at noon.
-Heads up: First draft of your Final Project story is due Wed., Dec. 7
See this suggested structure for your final project article
Due Friday, Dec. 2 by Noon. Worth 10 points toward final project grade
Post an update to your Project Pitch and Data Plan post at https://rudatajstudent.wordpress.com/
At the bottom of your post write:
Then post the following:
- Post a link to a spreadsheet you are using to analyze your data.
- Summarize some of your key findings that will be the crux of your story. Either a paragraph or a few bullet points is fine.
- Provide a rough-draft or sketch of a graphic or chart you plan to use for your story.
For example, I’m looking for something like this:
- Here is the spreadsheet I am working with to analyze all the five-star high school football players from 2002 to 2009.
2. Some key findings:
- Between 2002 and 2009, 236 high school football players earned the five-star classification. Of those players with five-star ratings, 56% of them made it to the NFL. Going deeper into the data, out of the 132 players who played a snap in the NFL, 24 of them have been selected to a Pro Bowl (18%).
- A study by SBNation found that in the 2014 NFL draft, 55% of the picks in the first two rounds were five and four-star players. The study determined that a five-star has a three-in-five chance of getting drafted.
- Out of 23 starting quarterbacks in the NFL, 14 of them received either a three or two-star (61%). Only 3 were five-star players.
3. Here is a graph I’m thinking about making