Schedule

CLASS SCHEDULE – Fall 2016

The following schedule is a guide for the semester. Specific assignments and dates are subject to change. Check the home page of the class blog for updates.

Week 1 – Wed., Sept. 7

In Class:
-Introductions
-Course overview
-What is data and what does it have to do with journalism?

Assignments:
-Explore FiveThirtyEight, The UpShot, and Vox. And come with answers to questions on blog.
-Explore http://ire.org/nicar/
-Read DJH – Introduction: What is Data Journalism?

Week 2 – Mon., Sept. 12 and Wed., Sept. 14
In Class:
-Data journalism defined
-Inverted pyramid of data journalism
-Data journalism in the newsroom
-The data journalism skill set

Assignments:
-Read DJH – Why Journalists Should Use Data
-Read DJH – Why is Data Journalism Important?
-Read “You want to build a data journalism team?” (NW Knight Lab)

Week 3 – Mon., Sept. 19 and Wed., Sept. 21
In Class:
-Quiz #1
-Finding data sources
-Smarter searching
-Introduction to FOIA
-Introduction to scraping

Assignments:
-Read DJH – Five Minute Field Guide
-Read DJH – Your Right to Data
-Read DJH – The Web as a Data Source
-Finding sources assignment (Quiz #2)

Week 4 – Mon., Sept. 26 and Wed., Sept. 28
In Class:
-Stories as questions you want to answer
-Distrust your data
-Basic newsroom math and statistics
-Interviewing data using Excel Part 1

Assignments:
-Read DJH – Become Data Literate in 3 Simple Steps
-Read DJH – Tips for Working with Numbers in the News
-Read Statistics Every Writer Should Know (Robert Niles)
-Review Excel tutorials as needed

Week 5 – Mon., Oct. 3 and Wed., Oct. 5
In Class:
-Quiz #2
-Math formulas and functions in Excel
-Interviewing data using Excel Part 2

Assignments:
-Review Excel tutorials as needed

Week 6 – Mon., Oct. 10 and Wed., Oct 12
In Class:
-Pivot Tables in Excel
-Clery Report overview

Assignments:
-Clery Report groups and assignments
-Review for Quiz #3

Week 7 – Mon., Oct 17 and Wed., Oct 19
In Class:
-Quiz #3
-Guest Speaker: Elinor Comlay
-Clery Report group work

Assignments:
-Clery Report groups and assignments (continued)

Week 8 – Mon., Oct. 24 and Wed., Oct 26
In Class:
-Key concepts of data visualization
-Lego Day

Assignments:
-Read DJH – Using Visualizations to Tell Stories
-Clery Report groups and assignments (continued)

Week 9 – Mon., Oct. 31 and Wed., Nov. 2
In Class:
-Quiz #4
-Chart, graph and infographic makers
-Google Fusion tables

Assignments:
-Clery Report groups and assignments (continued)

Week 10 – Mon., Nov. 7 and Wed., Nov. 9
In Class:
-Clery Report projects due and group presentations
-Election data discussion

Assignments:
-Work on final project proposals

Week 11 – Mon., Nov 14 and Wed., Nov. 16
In Class:
-Final project overview
-Tips for Writing with Numbers

Assignment:
-Work on final project data plan

Week 12 – Mon., Nov. 21 and Wed., Nov. 23
In Class:
-Final project workdays

Assignments:
-Data plan due before you leave for break
-Happy Thanksgiving

Week 13 – Mon., Nov. 28 and Wed., Nov. 30
In Class:
-Final project workdays

Assignments:
Outline and storyboarding due

Week 14 – Mon., Dec. 5 and Wed., Dec. 7
In Class:
-Final Project workdays

Assignment:
-First draft of Final Project due

Week 15 – Mon., Dec. 12
-Final Project due

FINALS WEEK – May 14-20
-TBA – Final project presentations

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