Category: Tutorial

Learn Spreadsheet to Mine Data and Jumpstart Your Data Journalism Career – A Sharing by Aimee Edmondson

Aimee Edmondson is now an Associate Professor with Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University. HKBU students are very lucky to have this knowledgeable and passionate speaker to talk about data journalism this afternoon. Her 12 years in reporting and later acquired statistics and technology are a fine combination for a data journalist. In the world where people are too fascinated by new technology and numerous boot camps are created by non-journalists, Aimee can be a role model for those “traditional journalists” who are moving in this direction.

Why does data matter? In Aimee’s words, you want to be a reporter, not a repeater. Data helps one to verify what the source is saying and find out what is really happening. To be pragmatic, we are seeing more and more JD requiring data analytics skills from investigative reporters. Going beyond the journalism domain, the skills trained by data journalism can well fit into corporate communication, public relation and advertising industry.

Picture: Job boards on IRE, from the slides

To start, one only needs to work on “small data”, with a spreadsheet.

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Embedding interactive rich media on WordPress

Source: Wiki Commons

There are a lot “one-click” tools available online that help you to create good visualisation and export to iframe for embedding into your site. Good use of those tools can better present your content to the readers. Note that the free version of WordPress hosted service does not allow embedding iframe, so they can only rely on shortcodes. For example, one can use is  to embed interactive charts generated from Google Sheets. See more options of available shortcodes for free version here

Data and News Society is operated on a paid plan so we installed the iframe plugin. This makes it possible to enable a wide range of 3rd party visualisation into your project. This tutorial is contributed by Jade Li to demo how to embed interactive content from several common tools. The general workflow is to first export the 3rd party project as iframe, find the URL in the src=”” section, and use  [ iframe src=”” ] to embed it into WordPress.

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