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Grow your data journalism toolkit with the Knight Center course in the R programming language

After more than 3,300 students from 131 countries enrolled in the final Knight Center course on the statistical programming language R, there was a demand for more advanced training in this powerful tool for journalists.

So instructor Andrew Batran, a research data reporter for the Washington Post, is back to teach another course on the topic.

“Advanced Data Journalism – Doing More with R” From 5 September to 2 October 2022 Registration started!

“By the end of the course, students should be comfortable with importing and wrangling large data sets and experimenting with different visualizations to find patterns and insights hidden in numbers,” says Tran. says Mr. You should also have a better understanding of how to retrieve, collect, and analyze data collected from APIs or from websites, and how to apply statistical techniques to your stories. ”

Each week of the course will focus on a different topic.

  • 1st week Get to know data and R as you explore the building blocks your project needs.
  • 2nd week Describe common data wrangling tasks and provide an introduction to exploratory data visualization
  • 3rd week We teach you how to pull unstructured data online and turn it into structured data that can be analyzed and turned into stories
  • 4th week Focus on regression analysis and modeling and examine how they have been used in journalism

This is a Massive Online Course (BOC). This means that lessons will be more advanced and courses will be limited to hundreds instead of thousands of students. Therefore, there is also more room for dialogue between students and instructors. Unlike his MOOC, which is free and attracts thousands of people, BOC costs him US$95 and includes full access to the course and a certificate of completion for those who meet the course requirements. . There is no formal academic background associated with the certificate.

Tran compared his previous experience at Knight Center in that the course focused on how to think about accessing APIs and scrapers to get data and integrating statistics into news articles. He said that it is different from Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). ”

“There are many great tutorials out there on how to create sophisticated data visualizations using R, but not many on how to give journalists the tools they need to get their data through R programming. No,” Tran continued.

The data journalist said he’s seen some new and exciting developments in R in the newsroom since he taught the last course, including spatial analysis, text mining, sentiment analysis, and 3D mapping. Tran teaches this course using video lectures, tutorials and exercises, discussion forums and quizzes.

Tran is a data reporter for the Washington Post’s Rapid Response Investigations team. Previously at The Connecticut Mirror, he worked at as a data editor and at The Boston Globe as a data producer. He has contributed to Pulitzer Prize-winning research projects and breaking news stories. He is his Metpro Fellow and Chips Quinn Scholar. He also taught data journalism at Wesleyan University and American University as a Koeppel Fellow.

“I am delighted to offer this advanced course with Andrew Tran who will help journalists take their data journalism skills to the next level through practical, hands-on learning materials. Americas.” This course will be relevant not only to data journalists already familiar with R, but also to anyone else wishing to become more familiar with this programming language.”

Anyone can enroll in this course, but it is designed for those with some familiarity with R. If you’re new to programming languages, Tran has resources to help you learn before the course starts. Registering gives you access to that material.

For this course, students will need the free statistical programming language R, RStudio Desktop, and various R packages. Tran encourages students to use data sets from previous packages or potential projects in their discussion boards.

Unlike MOOCs, which are free and attract thousands of people, BOCs cost US$95 and include full access to the course and a certificate of completion for those who meet the course requirements. There is no formal academic background associated with the certificate.

Course is asynchronous. This means you can complete your activities on the days and times that best suit your schedule. However, there is a deadline that is recommended not to be late.

Start your journey with R or hone your skills in this powerful programming language. Sign up for the latest BOC now!