Enterprising Journalists have relied on government and private documents for tips and evidence for their stories for decades. But as our governments and business put those documents into databases, they became flush with data. More and bigger data is becoing available all the time, from across teh globe. the best investigative reporters know how to obtain, clean and analyze structured information. Otherwise, they and the news organizations they work for will miss some ofthemost imortant stories of our time.
Fifteen students and five professionals will have a seat at this five-day hands-on training, where they will learn how to clean "dirty" data sets, interveiw that data and use the information to tell deeper stories using spreadsheets and database managers. Course credit available.
Participants will finish the week with a team brainstorming session made up of students from different schools and professionals to identify data-driven stories they could persue in teams during the following months. Student reporters must agree to return to their newsrooms and provide a training to their colleagues on basic data journalism skills.
Sponsored by The Forrester editor in residence program which is named for the late J.W. "Bud" Forrester, who was editor of the East Oregonian in Pendleton, 1951-1973, and of the Daily Astorian, 1973-1987. Members of the Forrester and Aldrich families today publish those daily papers along with the Capital Press Agricultural Weekly and some 10 community weekly papers in Oregon and Washington.
Your contribution to the Student Media Excellence Fund will help offset the cost of training and equipping Student Media students in their new home in the Student Experience Center scheduled to open in 2015. Thank you for supporting Student Media. See photos left:
OSU Student Media
210 Memorial Union East (Snell Hall)
Corvallis, OR 97331