Note — Jun 16, 2019

How We Helped Our Reporters Learn to Love Spreadsheets

Seen in → No.84

Source → open.nytimes.com/how-we-helped-our-reporters-le...

This is awesome. The NYT runs a Data Training Program internally, the link above is a quick explainer on what they are doing and it in turn links to all their materials, “in the hopes that students, professors or journalists at other publications might find them useful.”

Over a period of three weeks, the class meets for two hours every morning. This includes time for reporters to work on data-driven stories and apply the skills they’ve learned in the course to their own beats. We also train the reporters’ editors. In separate lunch sessions, they come together to discuss tips for editing data stories, common pitfalls to avoid and advice for working with reporters.