In this increasingly data-driven, electronic world, good reporting isn’t just about going to press conferences and developing sources. We no longer have to take the word of “experts” to crunch numbers or rely on their analysis/spin – we can, and must, do it for ourselves.
Stories are buried in public data all over the world – from government records to census data to private company disclosures. Whether it is providing a few numbers for a breaking news story or making sense of a large government data set for an exclusive story, mastering basic computer-assisted reporting tools will give you the edge to unlock these stories ahead of the competition.
In this weeklong workshop, you will learn to acquire electronic information, to ask and negotiate for data from official sources, use spreadsheets and databases to analyze information and translate that information into compelling stories. This weeklong workshop is taught by instructors from the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR), based at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre.
No experience with data is necessary for this training.
Using a combination of hands-on tutorials and case studies, you will learn how to:
Date: Dec. 1-5, 2014
Location: DM Lab, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, HKU
For more information, please contact Irene Jay Liu, firstname.lastname@example.org.
About NICAR: The National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, a program of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. (IRE) and the Missouri School of Journalism. Founded in 1989, NICAR has trained thousands of journalists in the practical skills of finding, prying loose and analyzing electronic information.
Mark Horvit is the executive director of Investigative Reporters & Editors. He oversees training, conferences and services for more than 4,300 members worldwide, and for programs including the National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) and DocumentCloud. Horvit also is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, where he teaches investigative reporting. A longtime IRE member, Horvit most recently served as projects editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He worked as a reporter, editor and on the projects teams at newspapers in Texas, North Carolina, Missouri and Florida.
Jaimi Dowdell is IRE’s senior training director. Before that, she was computer-assisted reporting editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for more than three years. In addition to her work at the Post-Dispatch, she taught a CAR course for Washington University in St. Louis.
Irene Jay Liu is a reporter on the global enterprise team at Thomson Reuters and an honorary lecturer at the University of Hong Kong, where she teaches a graduate-level course on data journalism and computer-assisted reporting. She was previously senior reporter and special projects team leader at the South China Morning Post, and a political writer/ blogger and television correspondent covering New York’s state capitol in Albany, New York.