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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 />