The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Data Journalism: Mapping with QGIS 1+2. Hands On. [B+I]

One of the most powerful data analysis tools is mapping. It allows you to uncover patterns you would not see in rows and columns of data. From statistical trends, such as population characteristics to locations of events or incidents, QGIS is a great tool to reveal geographic patterns in data. The first session will give you the basics for making maps using the open-source program QGIS. The second session will help you dig deeper by combining maps to do stories that can be done only by overlaying maps.

By the end of these two sessions you will have learned the basics of using QGIS to make maps and analyse data.

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

You do not need to have any prior mapping experience to take this course.


Mapping with QGIS – 1: This session will introduce you to the open-source mapping programme QGIS. It will cover some mapping best practices and how to do some basic maps.

Mapping with QGIS 2: Some investigations can be found only by overlaying maps. This session will cover how to combine data to find geographic patterns using QGIS.

To see how mapping with QGIS can be applied to your work – attend GeoJournalism: Detecting Oil and Gas Concessions in Protected Areas on Wed 3 July.

Technical Requirements

Laptops required.
Before attending these sessions, please install the most recent stable version of QGIS on your laptop. Downloads are available here:

Please look for “the most stable version.” – the link is immediately under the green button which says “Download QGIS 3.36” and before all the drop-down menus for the QGIS for Macs, Linux and BSD.

4 July 2024 – Data Journalism: Mapping with QGIS 1+2. Hands On. [B+I]

Mapping with QGIS - 1: The Introduction
Mapping with QGIS 2: Overlaying Maps

Jennifer LaFleur

Jennifer LaFleur teaches data journalism at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. She previously was senior editor for the Center for Public Integrity, an independent investigative newsroom. LaFleur also served as a senior editor for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, where she managed an award-winning team of data journalists, investigative reporters and fellows.

Michael Goodier

Michael Goodier is a journalist on the Guardian’s Data Project team. Previous to the Guardian, he worked as a data journalist at the New Statesman and as part of the Reach Data Unit. Mainly focused on UK news, Michael particularly enjoys using R to web scrape, clean and analyse datasets.
  • 4 July 2024 09.30–11.40
Location: PSH 314
3 July 2024

GeoJournalism: Detecting Oil and Gas Concessions in Protected Areas. Hands-on. B.

Overlaps between natural resource exploitation and exploration licenses and protected area can be a great starter for diving into an environmental investigation! But just why and how could you apply this process in a systemic manner when it comes to global extractive giants?