Data Journalism : Introduction

One Day Course


Data-driven journalism is the increasingly popular process of analysing and filtering data to find new stories or different angles on existing stories. This is a one day course that will teach journalists to how use the powerful data-analysis tools in Microsoft Excel to assess data from different sources and look for stories within the facts.

This course assumes a working knowledge of Excel, if you do not have that, we can run a tailored course for you. Please call to discuss this option. This is not a course that will teach you to write a story, if you wish to hone your writing skills, you should consider taking our Introduction to Feature Writing or Introduction to News Writing courses as well. To attend this course you need a working knowledge of Excel. You should be able to create and format your own spreadsheets and workbooks and create formulas. If you don't know Excel, we can run a tailored course for you. Please call to discuss this option.

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Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • What is Data Journalism?
    • Why is there such an increase in Data Journalism?
    • Examples of good Data Journalism
    • Merging technical knowledge and journalism

    Mission critical Excel skills
    • How to use Excel to find stories
    • Conditional formatting
    • IF and LOOKUP
    • Sorting
    • Auto-filtering data
    • Constructing a drop-down menu
    • Turning records into a table

    Pivot tables and journalism
    • Why journalists need pivot tables
    • Creating a pivot table
    • Auto-filtering data
    • Constructing a table
    • Moving fields around
    • Various ways of displaying values
    • Manoeuvring fields around the table
    • Creating different results and tables from the same spreadsheet
  • Finding data online
    •Turning online text into a spreadsheet
    •Finding data journalism sources online
    •Preparing third-party spreadsheets for your analysis
    •Recognising data entry errors and how to repair them
    •When to add your own data columns to a spreadsheet
    – and how to use them to analyse data

    Finding Stories in the Data
    •Asking the right questions
    •Analysing the data in different ways
    •Finding new story ideas
    •Looking for the hidden story

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Who Are We?

LCMJ is the UK's leading writing and journalism training provider.

Our courses are aimed at business people and writers who need to develop their writing skills to communicate clearly and effectively.

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