Data Scraping for Journalists I and II

The author of Scraping for Journalists, Data Journalism Heist and Finding Stories in Spreadsheets, Paul Bradshaw has used scraping for investigations involving organisations ranging from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and BBC, to the Guardian and Telegraph.

In this hands-on session he introduces some of the basic techniques to get started on scraping data for investigations:

● investigation ideas: how to spot opportunities to use scraping and automation in investigations
● scraping basics: finding structure in HTML and URLs; what's possible with programming
● simple scraping jobs: how to write a basic scraper in five minutes
● data journalism tools: the challenges of scraping hundreds of webpages, dozens of documents, or the invisible contents of databases.