Finding Stories With Data

If you are interested in attending future versions of this course, please email tom@tcij.org.

You’ve heard people talking about data journalism, but don’t know where to start? Then this course is for you.
In one day you will learn what data is available and how to find it, how to interrogate it and find facts or patterns in it which will lead, inform and enhance the stories you tell.

Guided by one of our data training team, with collective decades of experience pushing the frontiers of data-driven investigations, you’ll come away with the skills to start gathering, interviewing and presenting data for your own reporting projects.

There are lots of courses which teach data journalism skills training, but no others have the specific focus on using the tools and techniques for investigations and holding power to account that is from the Centre for Investigative Journalism's speciality.

Why​ ​should​ ​you​ ​know​ ​how​ ​to​ ​find​ ​stories​ ​in​ ​spreadsheets?​
Data analysis has become an indispensable tool for investigative reporting and research, but also a very sought-after skill for beat reporting. By crunching a few numbers or learning to aggregate, you can discover whether a problem is systematic or incidental, find the good or bad news story at a graph’s glance, or discover the devil in the detail.

About the trainer

Jonathan Stoneman worked for the BBC for 20 years as researcher, producer, reporter, editor and finally head of training for the World Service. Specialising mainly in central and eastern Europe, Jonathan reported for the World Service from virtually every country of the former Warsaw Pact in the 1990s, before moving on to run the Macedonian and then the Croatian language services. Since 2010 Jonathan has worked as a freelance trainer – mostly with data and the Open Data Movement. Tracking the use of open data and learning new techniques to make the most of it has become something between a hobby and an obsession.

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Technical requirements
Bring your own WiFi-enabled laptop. Windows, Mac or Linux (tablets will not be sufficient). You will need to have a Google drive account or a recent copy of Excel. You will also need to have admin rights on the machine as some software may need to be downloaded during class.

 

Booking your place

Large Organisations (10+ staff) – £160
Small Organisations (<9 staff) – £120
Freelancers – £93
Students – £59
Goldsmiths students – £45

You can also claim a 10% discount if you book this course at the same time as our 2-day Data-Driven Investigations course.

All courses are held at Goldsmiths, University of London and run from 10am-5pm.