Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Brant Houston is the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois where he teaches and works on projects and research involving the use of data analysis in journalism. He is co-founder of the Global Investigative Journalism Network and the Institute for Nonprofit News. He is author of Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Practical Guide and co-author of The Investigative Reporter's Handbook. Before joining the University of Illinois, he was executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors at the University Missouri for a decade after being an award-winning investigative journalist for 17 years.
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This session will present a broad overview of the kinds of data-driven stories - small and large - being done around the world, the digital tools - old and new - being used, and the various methodologies involved in doing data journalism.
Teaching investigative journalism can be quite challenging because of the depth and intensity of the instruction. But expert teachers will share tips and syllabi for how best to successfully run a course or workshop for students and/or professionals.
Sometimes the database you want does not exist. Sometimes the data exist, but you can't access it. In either case, you can create your database.
This session will review the principles of efficiently building a database and ensuring it is what you need and is accurate. The speakers will also show how to create spreadsheets from documents, what to think about when you enter your own data, how to use surveys and call-arounds to create a database and how to find stories buried in text or other unstructured material.
NOTE: For best results, be sure to bring a laptop if you want to follow along.