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Introduction to data in journalism


Friday 17 May 2019

10:30 – 17:30

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NUJ, Headland House, 72 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NB


This one-day course organised by London Freelance Branch will cover topics including: understanding data and risk; assessing data quality; surveys; data sources such as government and open data; freedom of information; combining and manipulating data; and graphing.

It is suitable for journalists who have no knowledge/very basic knowledge of how to use data in journalism.

The course will not directly cover spreadsheet software, and no knowledge of spreadsheets is needed.

Those attending will need to bring their own laptop or a tablet device with a keyboard. Some exercises will require a larger screen than a smartphone.

Tutor: SA Mathieson is a freelance analyst, journalist and editor, covering IT, government and healthcare. He has run data journalism training for Birmingham City University, City Lit in London, the NUJ and corporate clients including the Office for National Statistics.

The course free includes tea and coffee breaks.



NUJ student members/temporary members £45; NUJ members £55; Non-members £110.

Tags: , london freelance branch, digital journalism, training, professional training, freedom of information