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  • Data Journalism – part 2
    City University, MA magazine journalism,
    March 10 2010
  • Sorting and visualising data
  • Finding data
    Search for your MP, or use this file, which has them all
    View slide
  • Paste it into Excel
    Use the data import wizard (on 2007 this is automatic)
    You want to delimited cells (split them by comma or space)
    View slide
  • Open the data in Excel
    Make sure the headings are at the top
    Insert a table
    Now tell us – which MPs have the biggest expenses?
  • Visualising with Many Eyes
    Many Eyes is a web-based visualisation tool
    It can create simple and effective graphs/charts
    Go to http://www-958.ibm.com/software/data/cognos/manyeyes/ or search for Many Eyes
  • Paste in your MPs data from Excel into this box
    And change the £ columns to numbers
    You may need to take the £ out of the data
  • Staffing
  • By staff cover vscomms spend (2 metrics)
  • You can’t feed too much data into a table/chart
    So we’ll have to be clear about what we want
  • Cost of staying away vs travel costs
  • Spreadsheet tools
    A GREAT SITE: http://excelnotes.posterous.com/
  • Counting data
    =COUNTIF(range to count within, “what to look for and count”)
    How many MPs spent more than £500 on travel?
  • Separating columns…. And merging columns
    Go to http://tinyurl.com/magshags (GDoc)
    In Excel/Gdocs see if you can
    De-merge the fields (delimit them) into two columns
    And then unmerge them back into one column
  • The answer: text to columns
    (This works for CSV files too!)
  • To unmerge them again…
    Concatenate merges cells for you
    Formula: =CONCATENATE(1st cell, “space“, 2nd cell)
    Copy and past that all the way down column C or D
  • And if there are more than two names, add another cell:
    See what you can come up with:
    - What stories could you work on with these tools for Xcity / Eastbound?
  • Any other business
    Community strategy
    How are we getting on? Any problems?
    Are you connecting with audiences?
    Are you using interaction to improve journalism?
  • PORTFOLIO ASSIGNMENT (75%)
    A link or links to your blog(s)Links to Twitter account and other online presences
    Links to relevant bookmarked material on Delicious.com
    A group evaluation of your work and strategy, approx 1500 wordscovering
    newsgathering
    production
    distribution
    commercial opportunities
    law and ethics where relevant
    You should support your evaluation where appropriate with reference to specific examples, research on the area, and copies of analytics (e.g. Google Analytics, Bit.ly analytics, Twitter followers, Facebook group size/friends, etc)
  • MARK SCHEME - Portfolio
    Newsgathering (research):
    Originality of material
    Preparation
    Breadth and depth of research, including number of bookmarks, RSS feeds, sources etc.
    Quality of links
    Range of links
    Production:
    Originality of production approach
    Brevity, Adaptability, Scannability and Interactivity;
    Use of HTML and content management system (CMS) where appropriate
    Optimisation of images and multimedia
    Use of online tools
    Creativity in experimentation
    Clarity of writing
    Creativity and personality of writing style
    Spelling, grammar, punctuation and sentence structure;
    Narrative structure
    Law, ethics, market and strategy
    Understanding of copyright, libel, contempt, data protection and other law
    Understanding of online ethics
    Understanding of commercial and market context (what are the business opportunities in this field?)
  • COMMUNITY (25%)
    Your objectives are:
    To establish channels of access for sources to contact you
    To collate a network of contacts that you might need to access
    To establish relationships of trust or mutual benefit that you may call on to improve your journalism
    To establish a distribution network for your content
    This assignment should document how you became a member of those communities and built (or failed to build) social capital. Some questions you may want to address are:
    What need does the community have that isn't being served?
    What do people have to do to become accepted in that community?
    Language, culture and practices
    Your objectives and your strategy - and how that influenced your choice of technology
    What did you do that worked - and what failed?
    You should submit the following elements:Your evaluation of your community strategy, approx 1500 words, covering your research, strategy, execution and analysis (use these headings in your evaluation to help structure & focus it)
    This should be referenced clearly with printouts of supporting evidence (e.g. blog posts, tweets, bookmarked material, live material)
    If you are referencing analytics, e.g. Google Analytics, Bit.ly analytics, Twitter followers, Facebook group size/friends, etc. please include a printout in a clearly referenced appendix
  • Points on blogs
    You’re not posting enough
    Posts aren’t focused enough
    What is the story you’re telling? What is the point in your post, why should anyone read it?
    How does it serve your audience
    • Is it professional? (Doesn’t mean it can’t be conversational or entertaining)
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  • And embed video.