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Teaching computer assisted reporting in 2015, Brant Houston #gijc15

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Teaching computer assisted reporting in 2015, Brant Houston #gijc15

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Teaching computer assisted reporting in 2015, Brant Houston #gijc15

  1. 1. Teaching Computer-Assisted Reporting 2015 Brant Houston University of Illinois brant.houston@gmail.com houstonb@illinois.edu
  2. 2. Concepts • Columns and rows • Just counting • Bad data, accuracy checks and data cleaning • Importance of visualization • Keeping it simple
  3. 3. Data Skills • Principles of searching: From Boolean logic to file type • Spreadsheets • Database managers • Charts and maps
  4. 4. Data Skills • Building a database • Cleaning data – start with replace and find and then update • Social network analysis • Statistics • Scraping as entry to coding
  5. 5. Other reporting skills • Requesting data including freedom of information • Researching the dataset – reading files about it, reading tip sheets, seeing how it has been used by journalists and others • How to do interviews about the data with those who create it and maintain it
  6. 6. Other reporting skills • How to do interviews with researchers and officials to test credibility of the data • Using observation to augment and test data analysis – getting out into the field • How to identify basic stories – change over time, comparisons, outliers, clusters
  7. 7. Teaching Skills • Know your class – survey and test hands-on skills before teaching • Difference between professional students and college students • Show good examples including ones that can be achieved by students in short time • Keep it simple - start small – two columns and five rows
  8. 8. Teaching Skills • Know your class – survey and test hands-on skills before teaching • Show good examples including ones that can be achieved by students in short time • Keep it simple - start small – two columns and five rows • Go slow – If you think you are going slow, go slower
  9. 9. Teaching Skills • Remember that learning software involves three parts: Small motor coordination, seeing new windows and icons, and the concepts • Use relevant data but also use for relevant stories
  10. 10. Syllabi • IJEC.org • IRE.org

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