Data-Driven Investigations

    This course will give participants an opportunity to brush up on core data skills and combine them with advanced internet research for rich, in-depth investigations.
    Goldsmiths University of London, SE14 6NW
    17 March 2018 - 18 March 2018
    Drawing from real life examples and scenarios, this course will guide attendees from hypothesis to story, including sections on working with spreadsheets, scraping and importing data, investigating people and companies and the latest tools and techniques. 
    The data is rarely the story in itself. This weekend will help you find the human face to add impact and relevance.

    Course Outline

    This two-day wokshop will be divided into half-day sections designed to take you through the steps to build a lead into a full investigative story.

    Section 1 - Finding the lead in the data
    Section 2 - From Hypothesis to Data
    Section 3 - Putting the flesh on the bones
    Section 4 - Putting it all together and finding the narrative
    Technical requirements. 
    Bring your own laptop; wifi logons will be provided. Both Macs and PCs are ok, but tablets will not be sufficient. 
    You should have Excel installed. We realise that some people prefer other spreadsheet programs, including LibreOffice and Google Sheets, but please be aware that the trainers will be working with Excel and that they may not always be able to accommodate the limitations of other programs.
    It would be helpful if you have OpenRefine installed and working. You should at least try starting it before the course – you may need to update some software it uses. 

    About the trainer

    Leila Haddou is data journalist for the Times and the Sunday Times. She formerly worked for the Financial Times investigations team exposing corporate fiddles to dump pensions, the dark side of China’s corporate embrace in Cambodia, and in-depth business profiles of political heavyweights including Philip Hammond. She previously worked for the Guardian covering offshore tax leaks, corporate land banking and issues surrounding social justice. She has an avid interest in the use of technology for data-led investigations.
    Feedback on Leila Haddou course Coding for Journalists: 'hands-on, interesting and insightful'.

    Big organisations (10+ people) - £285
    Freelancers/small organisations (9 people and fewer) - £215
    Students (evening/correspondence courses) - £175 (limited availability)
    Full-time students - £110 (limited availability)
    Goldsmiths students get 20% off: contact tom(at) for Goldsmiths discount. 
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