R for Journalists

    Take your data journalism skills to the next level with this two-day course looking at R for journalists and an introduction to the command line.

    Goldsmiths, University of London
    29 October 2016 - 30 October 2016

    In our two-day introduction to R you’ll cover data and text analysis in RStudio, using APIs to get data into RStudio and visualising your findings.

    This course is now full and bookings are closed

    Room 332 Professor Stuart Hall Building
    Goldsmiths, University of London

    How to get to Goldsmiths


    Course Outline

    What is R and how can it be used by journalists? This two-day course will teach you the how to get the most out of one of the most popular programming languages for dealing with data. R is a free open-source statistical computing language that will prove helpful and save you time whether you're scraping, querying, analysing or presenting your data.

    Caelainn Barr will be showing you RStudio then using APIs to get data into RStudio and build visualisations from it. And on day two, Karrie Kehoe will be showing journalists how to take command of the command line.

    You will need a laptop to attend this course. Instructions will be sent as to what you'll need downloaded closer to the time.

    Day 1: An Introduction to R & RStudio

    To begin we'll talk about the origins of R, what it can be used for, take a tour around RStudio, import data and learn some basic functions for getting to grips with our dataset. We’ll also use R for some data wrangling and learn how to sort, filter, join and carry out some other basic functions in R that will allow you to identify trends in the data for storytelling.

    Day 2: Further analysis & graphics in RStudio

    On the second day we’ll look at pulling data from APIs using RStudio and performing analysis on text documents. We’ll finish the class by exploring the grammar of graphics using ggplot2 package for basic visual analysis and presenting your findings.

    On the second day, Karrie Kehoe will be teaching an introdutory session showing you how to use the command line for useful functions and shortcuts.

    Why R?

    Timo Grossenbacher, Programmer / Reporter for SRF Data, the data journalism unit of Swiss Radio & TV, based in Zurich, discusses Why Journalists Should Start Using R

    About the Trainers

    Caelainn Barr is a reporter on the data projects team at the Guardian.
    She has used data analysis to uncover the misuse of expenses by the European Commission and human rights abuses in Ethiopia at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. She has also worked at the Wall Street Journal, the Irish Times and Bloomberg.

    She is a graduate of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia Journalism School in New York.


    Karrie Kehoe is an Irish data journalist who has worked for the The Times and Sunday Times.

    She previously worked for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and at the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Her stories have been published on the Reuters wire and re-published in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Buenos Aires Herald among others, and translated into Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

    Karrie is a former researcher for Andrew Jennings, the man who took down FIFA, and interned at the Centre for Investigative Journalism.

    Karrie prefers to use Python and SQL in her data driven investigations.


    And what you said about Caelainn and Karrie at the Summer Conference:


    "Great trainer"