1st Edition

Data + Journalism A Story-Driven Approach to Learning Data Reporting

By Mike Reilley, Samantha Sunne Copyright 2023
    250 Pages 126 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 126 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Taking a hands-on and holistic approach to data, Data + Journalism provides a complete guide to reporting data-driven stories.

    This book offers insights into data journalism from a global perspective, including datasets and interviews with data journalists from countries around the world. Emphasized by examples drawn from frequently updated sets of open data posted by authoritative sources like the FBI, Eurostat and the US Census Bureau, the authors take a deep dive into data journalism’s "heavy lifting" – searching for, scraping and cleaning data. Combined with exercises, video training supplements and lists of tools and resources at the end of each chapter, readers will learn not just how to crunch numbers but also how to put a human face to data, resulting in compelling, story-driven news stories based on solid analysis.

    Written by two experienced journalists and data journalism teachers, Data + Journalism is essential reading for students, instructors and early career professionals seeking a comprehensive introduction to data journalism skills.


    Chapter 1: Acquiring Data

    Chapter 2: Searching the Deep Web

    Chapter 3: Scraping Data

    Chapter 4: Cleaning Data

    Chapter 5: Basic Spreadsheets

    Chapter 6: Advanced Spreadsheets and R

    Chapter 7: Writing a Data Story

    Chapter 8: SQL

    Chapter 9: Scraping Social Media

    Chapter 10: Data Visualization

    Chapter 11: Ethics, Trust, Transparency and Posting Data Online

    Chapter 12: Math for Journalists: Writing with Numbers


    Mike Reilley teaches data and digital journalism at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He founded the digital resources site JournalistsToolbox.org in 1996 and continues to update it today for the Society of Professional Journalists.

    Samantha Sunne teaches data and digital techniques to journalists at universities and other groups including the Society of Professional Journalists, Hunter College-CUNY and Investigative Reporters and Editors. She is a long-time journalism freelancer specializing in data and investigative stories.