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Data journalism 10 march

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

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