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
    24 February 2018 - 25 February 2018

    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.

    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.
    Why R?
    Duc Quang Nguyen, data scientist and data journalist at swissinfo.ch confesses that R is one of his most used tools
    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
    Ashley Kirk, data journalist at The Telegraph chose R as one of the three programming languages journalists should know
    About the Trainer
    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.
    Described by the participants as "a great trainer" and her courses as 'concise and clearly presented'


    Large organisations (10+ people) - £285
    Freelancers/small organisations (9 people and fewer) - £215
    Students (correspondence/evening course) - £175 (limited availability)
    Full-time students - £110 (limited availability)
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