Investigative/data skills series: Data visualization using DataWrapper

In part I of our two-part series, “Data visualization for everyone,” we explore DataWrapper — an easy but powerful tool available to journalists across Gannett.

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How to follow the digital trail of people and entities

Digital services and products touch nearly every aspect of our lives. They’re core to business, government, and social interactions, which means they’re essential elements of any investigation. Journalists need to know how to gather, monitor, analyze and make sense of the digital trail and presence of any person or entity.

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Google News Lab training

If you’ve ever wondered about Google News Lab and what tools you’re missing out on, then this is the training for you. Daniel Petty, a certified Google News Lab trainer with the Denver Post, will walk you through with some of the cool tools such as reverse image search, advanced search, maps and Google Fusion tables.

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Advanced backgrounding of people and companies

From Investigative Reporters and Editors, here’s how to build a deep well of background to inform your reporting and writing.

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Creating data visualizations

Maggie Farley, a former Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent, is now working with Google News Initiative to help journalism thrive in the digital age. In this quick clip, Farley discusses how to build visualizations that will engage and build trust with your audience. She demonstrates different tools to build quick data visualizations and animations.

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Reporting on farm bankruptcies in your own backyard

Farm bankruptcies are on the rise, owing in part to retaliatory tariffs on agriculture products from the U.S.-China trade war, unpredictable weather causing adverse planting conditions and high levels of debt. Using a database created by Sky Chadde, the Gannett Agriculture Data Fellow at the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, you’ll be able to localize the impact of these bankruptcies and identify trends in your community.

During this 45-minute session, you will learn what to look for in the data, sources to reach out to and any pitfalls to avoid. You’ll also get an overview of what distinguishes farm, or Chapter 12, bankruptcies from the other chapters of the bankruptcy code.

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Google: Verification

Maggie Farley, a former Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent, is now working with Google News Initiative to help journalism thrive in the digital age. In this video, she covers verification.

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FOUNDATIONS: Sources are the key

Getting sources and maintaining them is half the job. This session will cover diversifying sources and why it’s important, how to approach the people you need to know on your beat, and how to build mutually rewarding connections with sources.

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Investigating the internet

It’s essential that journalists on every beat understand how to gather and analyze information related to social media, web analytics and advertising, and websites. This workshop uses case studies of BuzzFeed News investigations into misinformation and ad fraud, as well as tips and tutorials, to equip journalists with the basic skills they need to incorporate this data into their work.

Craig Silverman of BuzzFeed News discusses how to use data from social media, analytics and the web to find and tell stories.

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Advanced search techniques

This primer on Google search includes tips for effective image searches.

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Advanced verification tools

Watchdog training on advanced verification tools, focused on protest examples (exclusive to Gannett journalists through our relationship with Google News Lab).

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