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Data Journalism – the Top Tools for non-techies

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Data Journalism – the Top Tools for non-techies

Robyn Tomlin is now the Chief Digital Officer at Pew Research but she hasn't forgotten her years in newsrooms. Her list of favourite data tools is a must-read (and must-play-with) because she has a rule about how much time she expects her journalists and herself to spend mastering them.

“Everyone of these tools can be learnt in less than two hours and for each and every one there are YouTube videos to walk you through them.”


Gathering Data; and Tabula

“We kept finding that government departments were using formats to hide info – oh they'd give it to us but locked up in a PDF so we would have to retype everything. Tabula pulls that data out in seconds”


Cleaning Data;

DataWrangler and OpenRefine (formerly GoogleRefine)

“Because getting the data is one thing but you need tools to clean up those formatting inconsistencies”.


Analyzing and Organizing data;

Google Spreadsheets and Fusion Tables

“Yes in this case Google really is your friend.”


Visualizing data; and

“Tools to help tell the stories you've found..... because it may be data journalism but the story is still the thing.”


Steve Shipside


2014-10-13 18:05

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