Top 3 tips for journalists wanting to get started in data journalism

Paul Bradshaw, Online Journalism Blog, Dec 27, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

These aren't just tips for journalists, they're tips for learners as well. Consider the first tip: "Don’t start by learning a technique for the sake of it – there are 101 different things you could learn – instead pick a problem that you face regularly, or a story idea that you have, and let that dictate the sorts of data journalism skills that you learn first." Doesn't that make so much sense as an approach to learning? It's certainly the approach I take. Or consider the three technical skills: speadsheet skills, data visualization, and computational thinking. If we think of 'spreadsheek skills' as data management in general, we have a pretty core skill. 

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