Making the Case for Data Journalism in Our Community College Classrooms

Anyone who has read my blog at all knows that data journalism is something I’ve been thinking quite a bit about for the past 3 or 4 years. I am no expert; in fact, I often feel like a complete phony documenting my “growth” in this area, since there is so much more for me … Continue reading

Incorporating Data Journalism: Finally a Victory

I’ve written about my mission to get data journalism and visualization into my JOUR 121 course before. Not being a math person myself (yeah, another journalist who has math phobia–blah, blah, blah), I’ve taken a variety of MOOCs and read a lot to try to get myself up to speed. I’ve struggled for semesters to … Continue reading

Paint by Numbers: Data Visualization for Journalists

IRE just had its annual convention. I followed it a bit from afar. One thing has become very clear, not only from seeing the tweets on the conference, but in seeing tweets from many others that data-driven reporting and data visualization is absolutely a must-have skill for journalists today. And it should be, as never … Continue reading

I watched the Reynolds Journalism Institute Green Shoots in Education program live stream the other day from the comfort of my home. I barely needed my second cup of coffee, because the innovations that the speakers were discussing so excited me that I felt ready to tackle a whole new curriculum before getting out of … Continue reading

Google Fusion Tables Fail (But I’ll Keep Trying)

I’ve been trying to learn how to have my students mash up two data sets and map them through Google Fusion Tables. Every tutorial I click on to learn more about Google Fusion Tables tells me how easy this is. Yeah, no. OK, let me modify that a bit.  I can get a data set … Continue reading