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Mar 27, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Carleton University journalism students undertook an ambitious project to data map all the funding announced in 2013 by the federal government. J-Source publisher and Carleton journalism professor Christopher Waddell explains how his students worked with CBC to complete the project and the bumps along the road and his students write about the challenges they encountered.

Feb 20, 2014 - Posted by Nicole Blanchett Neheli

Time consuming, crazy-making and a vital tool for investigative reporting: Anna Mehler Paperny, senior producer of globalnews.ca's investigative data desk, explains the ins and outs of data-driven journalism and why more journalists should be crunching numbers.

Sep 11, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

With an increasing number governments at all levels putting data online, journalists who lack the tools to harness this information and make enough sense of it to tell stories will be left playing catch up to those who possess the necessary skills. As J-Source's ideas editor David McKie writes, journalism schools are now hopping on board.

Sep 11, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Vancouver Sun investigative reporter and Kwantlen Polytechnic j-school instructor Chad Skelton explains how he crowdsourced the syllabus and handouts for his new data journalism course.

Jun 17, 2013 - Posted by Fred Vallance-Jones

The federal government is poised to roll out an upgraded version of its open data site. It's one of a growing number of open data sites, and journalists willing to take the time to dig into these storehouses will find a great deal of material to help find and report stories, and to build visualizations that can drive traffic on news websites. The site, first introduced in 2011, will be significantly improved, with better search abilities and more datasets.

 

Apr 24, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja
Apr 23, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

That’s not to say that other newsrooms don’t have investigative teams that employ data analysts or do regular data-led investigations, but he hasn’t heard of any other newsroom that had a dedicated team of data journalists working full-time on such investigations.

Apr 23, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Global News data desk journalist Patrick Cain outlines his favourite five free data journalism tools: Google Fusion tables, NodeXL, Scapetoad, JQuery Data Tables, and Tableau Public. 

 

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Computer-assisted Reporting

This section features news and notes on computer-assisted reporting in Canada. For additional resources, visit CARinCanada or J-Source's Teaching CAR section. Fred Vallance-Jones is assistant professor of journalism at University of King's College and co-author
of Computer-Assisted
Reporting: A Comprehensive Primer
from Oxford University Press.