Computer-Assisted Reporting

Computer-Assisted Reporting : A Practical Guide

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This straightforward and effective how-to guide provides the basics for any journalist or student beginning to use data for news stories. It has step-by-step instructions on how to do basic data analysis in journalism while addressing why these digital tools should be an integral part of reporting in the 21st century. The book pays particular attention to the need for accuracy in computer-assisted reporting and to both the potential and pitfalls in utilizing large datasets in journalism. An ideal core text for courses on data-driven journalism or computer-assisted reporting, Houston pushes back on current trends by helping current and future journalists become more accountable for the accuracy and relevance of the data they acquire and share. Online instructor's materials are available to adopting professors, and additional exercises are available free online to students at the below address: username: carbook password: carbook4show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 180.34 x 233.68 x 15.24mm | 408.23g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • M.E. Sharpe
  • Armonk, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0765642190
  • 9780765642196
  • 2,208,446

Review quote

"Brant Houston has done more for helping journalists learn database journalism than any other person on this planet. We wouldn't exaggerate. He's taught thousands of reporters how to crunch spreadsheets, query data and create geocoded maps." - David Cuillier, the University of Arizona, USA and Charles N. Davis, the University of Georgia, USA, in (2011) "The Art of Access: Strategies for acquiring public records".show more

About Brant Houston

Brant Houston is a Professor and the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois, where he teaches journalism and oversees an online newsroom. An award-winning journalist, he was an investigative reporter at U.S. newspapers for seventeen years. For a more than a decade, he served as executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a 5,000-member association headquartered at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where he also taught investigative reporting. Houston has conducted more than 300 seminars for professional journalists and students in twenty-five countries, and he is a co-founder of networks of nonprofit newsrooms and educators throughout the more

Table of contents

1. Data Journalism: What Computer-Assisted Reporting Is and Why Journalists Use It History of Computer-Assisted Reporting The Basic Tools Trial and Error and Repetition Where You Are Going Practical Advice CAR Wars Chapter Checklist Your Turn to Practice Part I. Learning Computer-Assisted Reporting Skills 2. Online Resources: Researching and Finding Data on the Internet Finding Data Digital Information and Data on the Internet Using Online Resources What Online Resources to Use Digital Library Researchers and Journalists Newsroom Databases Discussion Groups and Social Media Using Boolean Logic to Search the Internet Downloading Databases Different File Types Downloading Different Files CAR Wars Chapter Checklist Your Turn to Practice 3. Spreadsheets, Part 1: Basic Math for Journalists Becoming Friendly with Numbers Learning Addresses Calculating Percentages Going from Horizontal to Vertical Comparing Parts to the Sum Sorting the Results Using Average and Median for Better Accuracy Interpreting Outliers CAR Wars Chapter Checklist Your Turn to Practice 4. Spreadsheets, Part 2: More Math That Matters Rates Ranking Filtering Ratios Pivot Tables Charts and Graphs CAR Wars Chapter Checklist Your Turn to Practice 5. Database Managers, Part 1: Searching and Summarizing The Query Selecting and Searching Criteria and Filtering Sorting Boolean Logic: And, Or, Not Grouping CAR Wars Chapter Checklist Your Turn to Practice 6. Database Managers, Part 2: Matchmaking and Advanced Queries Relational Databases Joining Tables Enterprise Matchmaking Structured Query Language CAR Wars Chapter Checklist Your Turn to Practice Part II. Using Computer-Assisted Reporting In News Stories 7. Getting Data Not on the Web: How to Find and Negotiate for Data Finding Data Obtaining a Database The Record Layout Privacy and Security Issues High Costs Importing CAR Wars Chapter Checklist Your Turn to Practice 8. Building Your Own Database: How to Develop Exclusive Sources When to Build Spreadsheet or Database Manager Using the Database Manager Creating a Relational Database CAR Wars Chapter Checklist Your Turn to Practice 9. Fact Checking the Database: How to Find and Clean Dirty Data Kinds of Pitfalls Two Rules Record Layout Record Layout Miscues Cryptic Codes Sorry, Wrong Number Where Is the Standard? Header-aches Numbers versus Text Offensive Characters Parsing CAR Wars Chapter Checklist Your Turn to Practice 10. Doing the Computer-Assisted Reporting Story: How to Report and Write with Data Pick a Story You Know Can Be Done Pick a Database You Can Get Some First-Time Examples Start Small Building Your Own Match the Database to Your Knowledge The Minimum Story Keep Up with Other Reporters' Work Integrate Databases into Your Daily Work Find a Partner Becoming Familiar with the Field of Data Processing Look for Tips Writing the Story Good Reporting and Ethics Stay Curious, Get Excited Reporting with CAR CAR Wars Chapter Checklist Your Turn to Practice APPENDICES A. A Short Introduction to Mapping B. A Short Introduction to Social Network Analysis C. Choosing Hardware and Software Selected Bibliography Glossaryshow more

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