For many students and journalists, spreadsheets are the entry-level computer-assisted reporting tool and it’s easy to see why: They come installed on many computers and are relatively simple to use. Most students learn how to use spreadsheets in middle school, if not before. Another attraction for data journalists is that government agencies release a lot [...]
After a few bumps, the great open-source data journalism experiment is rolling along.
My students installed OpenOffice on their Mac or PC laptops weeks ago and have been using the Calc spreadsheet to analyze data. Its interface isn’t as polished as Microsoft Excel, but we’ve been able to make [...]
This semester in my Computer-Assisted Reporting class we’re experimenting with open-source software.
Traditionally, I teach students how to use commercial software — Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and Access database manager — to clean and analyze data. That makes sense: Computers in many professional newsrooms already have Excel installed. Also, most students already have Excel [...]
Veteran investigative reporter and data journalist. Advocate for open government.
- Some federal agencies better http://t.co/5KUKflLeXl than others at posting data inventories http://t.co/WkPTuXBoza #opengov about 10 hours ago
- Fun #opengov fact: Federal agencies were supposed to post data inventories starting more than 15 years ago. http://t.co/sTElyS2fff about 10 hours ago
- IRE members get free premium CometDocs accounts. http://t.co/pNDeleic4B Convert those gnarly PDFs! @IRE_NICAR about 11 hours ago
- Potential tripwires for journalists in new White House Open Data Policy. http://t.co/OMU62oG5vD about 11 hours ago