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:
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dfPZkvSrAOjPTdRVq4UP5tmPfsZKivsQvcfVZ6r_f2E/edit?usp=sharing
  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 meminkoff@gmail.com.
  4. Fill out the introductory survey if you haven’t already, the link is in your email.
  5. Watch http://datajournalism.stanford.edu/. 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 meminkoff@gmail.com.
  6. As you engage with your beat in the newsroom, keep your eyes open for data, start thinking about a related project.
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