Journalist's Toolbox Newsletter XXX

July 13, 2021

By Mike Reilley

If you’re teaching a data journalism course, or are just interested in learning more, this newsletter is for you. I’m updating my fall Data Journalism and Advanced Data Journalism courses for UIC, where I teach, and here are a few sites, resources and readings I recommend:

TEXTBOOKS

I love the Data Journalism Handbook 2, The Investigative Reporter’s Handbook (Houston and Horvit) and Alberto Cairo’s great How Charts Lie for my course texts. Together they cover all key aspects of data reporting and visualization.

We also launched a new page of great journalism books, including several data journalism titles.


RESOURCES AND TRAINING

Journalist’s Toolbox Data Journalism page
Links to mapping, chart-building tools, data scraping and video training on several data tools. A must-bookmark, of course, and it’s free! (Full disclosure: I founded and update the site, but you already knew that!)

Google News Initiative Training Suite
I assign these short modules as homework in my beginning data class. It’s a great way to get students up to speed on basic data viz tools before they come to class. I typically build short in-class or take-home assignments off them. Students also can take a longer course on data viz tools. (Full disclosure: I’m an SPJ digital trainer in the Google News Initiative training program.)

Data is Beautiful Subreddit
Great examples here.

Global Investigative Journalists Network Newsletter
I require them to sign up for this on the first day of my beginning Data Journalism class. So many great examples, tips and tools in this weekly update.

READINGS AND BLOGS TO FOLLOW

538 Blog
Nate Silver shares many good examples, tools and tips on sports, politics and other topics.

The Upshot – NY Times Politics and Data Blog

The Guardian DataBlog
One of the best – and oldest – data blogs around.

ProPublica Tools and Data Page

NPR Visuals Team Blog

DATA PORTALS

Journalist’s Toolbox Public Records Page
Global and U.S. data portals at the top of the page.

US Data Portals by State
https://github.com/sunlightpolicy/opendata/blob/master/USlocalopendataportals.csv

Our World in Data

This only scratches the surface of the resources I offer the students. But if you have suggestions for the Toolbox, just post them in this form and I’ll take a look. In the meantime, here’s a playlist of data viz training videos from Journalist’s Toolbox:


Cool Tool Tuesday

Don’t forget that at 1 p.m. CT each Tuesday, we feature a new resource on #cooltooltuesday. Be sure to check it out and retweet it.


Around the Web

  • Reel lets you create audiograms from podcasts. Share video snippets of your episodes on social media and grow your audience with Reel.

  • NYT Times Machine lets you search 150 years of NY Times print pages.

  • VoxRec is a helpful speech-to-text transcription app.

  • The Dart Center Style Guide for Trauma-Informed Journalism is designed as a quick, authoritative reference for reporters, editors and producers working on tight deadlines.


In Quotes …

“We could not do the job at all in a free society without a very, very active press.”

--John F. Kennedy

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