Agenda for April 2 (This week) — Subject to change

  1. Introduction to class purpose
  2. Go over syllabus
  3. How to look for data on your beat — an overview (also, thinking about clients, never too early)
  4. Introductions – Professor and students
  5. What is data?
  6. What is the importance of cleaning data?
  7. Classwork exercise, together: Clean up basic facts you filled out in the form, to get consistency across data points

Assignments for April 9 (Next week)

  1. Enter a visualization or data story you would like to discuss in this spreadsheet. The link can always be found on the left-hand side of this site as well:
  2. Read the two blogs we are to keep up with each week — Flowing Data and Source, linked at left.
  3. Clean up the Excel spreadsheet with our class’ info, which you received via email and mail it back to me at
  4. Fill out the introductory survey if you haven’t already, the link is in your email.
  5. Watch All the chapters. It should be about an hour. Then write me at least 500 words (and no more than 1,000) with a reaction to the video — things that were new to you, what you might like to try to do yourself, cited pieces or ideas you found particularly inspiring, and/or questions you have. Send that to
  6. As you engage with your beat in the newsroom, keep your eyes open for data, start thinking about a related project.