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Summer Conference Events

3–4 July 2024

Data Journalism Courses – Hands-On

We will be offering a selection of hands-on data journalism courses for all levels including: - Spreadsheets - R - Python - Mapping - Scraping without Code Taught by some of the best data trainers in the UK and internationally, all current or former data journalists and editors with years of experience between them.

28 June 2023

BBC Data Team on Missing and Confusing Data

All the analysis tools and techniques in the world cannot land you a story when the data is missing or so messy as to be incomprehensible. Data journalists from BBC News share insights on how to tackle missing and confusing data in two subject areas.

29 June 2023

Time Travel for Beginners: How to Create and Use Web Archives. Hands-on.

Hands-on. Ever relied upon an online source, only later to find it deleted or changed? Ever wanted to travel back in time? This class will cover the next best thing: web archives. We'll look at getting the most out of resources like the Wayback Machine -- what they're good for, and what they're not.

28 June 2023

Web Basics: How the Web Works and How to Scrape It. Hands-on. [B]

Hands-on. Beginner. Have you ever wondered how exactly your stories reach your readers? Ever wanted to know how to build a simple webpage? Or how to scrape information from a website onto your computer?

29 June 2023

Keeping It Local: Inspiring Regional Reporters to Use Data Journalism Tools for Their Stories

Helena Bengtsson is Data Editor at Gota Media, Swedish publisher of 13 local titles. In this session she explains how to educate, train and work directly with local reporters to produce both title-specific data stories and projects which can be shared across other titles.

29 June 2023

Ukraine: Investigations in the Shadow of Invasion

The Russian invasion of Ukraine changed many of the topics covered by Ukrainian investigative journalists, though the key investigative techniques have often remained the same. Elena Loginova speaks about an investigation by the OCCRP, The Banality of Brutality.

29 June 2023

Investigating Covid Loan Fraud: How to Overcome Obstacles and Win an Award

British Journalism Awards winner in the Crime and Legal Affairs category, Stefania Spezzati speaks about her investigation into a massive taxpayer-funded fraud which the UK government tried to keep secret.

28 June 2023

Satellite Imagery: First Steps

Hands-on This talk will build participants' knowledge of the available sources of satellite imagery, what their respective strengths are and how to use them effectively. - Review of different sources: Planet, Sentinel-2, LandSat-7 and Maxar — we set out the main options in more detail in a recent Substack post.

28 June 2023

Data Journalism: Scraping 1-2. Hands-on. [B+I]

Hands-on. Beginner-Intermediate. Scraping 1 You may have heard of scraping, you may even have done a little yourself. These two sessions set out to demystify the process of getting data from websites where there is no download or export button, and copying and pasting is getting you nowhere.

29 June 2023

Data Journalism: Investigating Data with R 1-3. Hands-on. [B+I]

Hands-on. Beginner-Intermediate. Sooner or later you know you’ll come up against a dataset so big it’s going to crash Excel if you even try to open it. Maybe your questions are becoming too complex for Excel’s built-in analytics tools to handle.