Data Journalism at CCSU, Fall 2015

Getting, scraping, cleaning data

To download for class

Links for class

A note about data cleaning and scraping

I know this can all seem overwhelming. These are introductions to new tools every week.

Keep in mind:

Notes on the Midterm due October 21

Obtain and analyze federal government data and write a summary of the analysis.

Not the actual story.

Instead, the memo should detail the process it will take to get to the final story or visualization.

Explain what it took to get the data, who explained it to you, point out the nuances and limitations of it and how it was collected or processed.

Discuss the gaps in tha data and what could be improved. Then, analyze the agency that provided the data set.

Detail the scope, quality, and accesibility of the rest of the department's data.

How journalists might have used it so far or how it could be used in the future.

Length: 1,000 words.