The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

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. Maybe you find yourself frequently updating a dataset or running the same calculations for your reporting. Or you just want to automate some of the collection or visualisation of a dataset.

If these are the problems you face, then R is your friend! And here’s your chance to get to know it better.

By the end of these three sessions you will have learned the basics of using R and its most popular interface RStudio. You will know how to explore your data and run common analysis tasks.

To benefit from the training, we recommend you take the whole course.

You do not need to have any prior coding or data experience to take this course.

Technical Requirements

These sessions will make use of a cloud version of R and RStudio so there’s no need to bring anything other than a laptop capable of accessing the internet. At the end you will be able to access your R files and packages for a couple of months, allowing you time to decide to install R and RStudio on your own computer if you want to.

3 July 2024 – Data Journalism: Investigating Data with R 1-3. Hands-on. [B+I]

Introduction to R, the RStudio interface, the Tidyverse, importing data and taking a first look at the data you’ve imported.
Exploring your data, reshaping it, analysing it.
Visualising your data, using the most popular R package ggplot2.

Jonathan Stoneman

Jonathan Stoneman is a freelance trainer specialising in data journalism. He has been working with data since 2010. Before that he worked at the BBC – as a reporter, producer, editor of output in Macedonian and Croatian, and finally as head of training at BBC World Service.

Carmen Aguilar García

Carmen Aguilar García is an award-winning journalist, currently part of The Guardian Data Project team. Before joining the Guardian, she was the first data journalist at Sky News, working on a wide range of topics to find data stories, and covering the Covid pandemic.
  • 3 July 2024 14.00–17.30
Location: PSH 326