Are you keen to learn some data journalism skills but don’t know where to start? Do you want to get up to speed quickly with finding, cleaning, filtering, analysing or visualising data?
Last week we released the first of our tutorial videos on essential skills for digital and data journalists.
More on the idea behind the series after the video.
Here at Media Hack we’ve spent the past four or five years working on data journalism, storytelling and visualisation. When we started, we knew almost nothing about these new emerging fields. And there weren’t many resources, unless you were a trained technologist. Today there are so many options and resources when it comes to data journalism that it’s hard to known where to start. It can be daunting.
Over the years we have developed an understanding that doing data journalism is not a single skill, nor is it an entire job description. Data journalism encompasses a variety of (often small) skills that make our lives as journalists easier, and make us better journalists, even if you don’t consider yourself a data journalist.
Data journalism isn’t necessarily about producing the most impressive data visualisation. Sometimes it is just about understanding basic numbers so we can tell better stories, or being able to sort a spreadsheet to find meaningful insight. Sometimes it is about cleaning, or even creating, a large data set. But most times it is just about knowing how to find and use relevant information in an increasingly data-driven world.
Just what you need to know
One of the things we’ve learned over the years is that the best way to learn a new skill is to have a problem you need to solve. Our new video tutorial series looks at some of the basic skills that journalists working with data might need. In each tutorial we try and look at real-world data challenges and the most effective way to deal with them.