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Topic “computer-assisted reporting”

Journalists’ beginner guide to coding

As the news industry continues to adapt, journalists are asked to expand their skills beyond sleuthing and writing and into programming. The romantic ideal of the hacker journalist finding the signal in the noise of the incredible amounts of data generated everyday has become one of the most intriguing developments in journalism in recent years. Read more »

Five tools to extract "locked" data in PDFs

Journalists and researchers are used to encountering--more often than they would like--"locked" data in Adobe Acrobat PDF files. The format is a nightmare for someone who wants to manipulate or reference large quantities of information because it functions like an image file and is not readable by many computer programs.  Read more »

Maps, timelines and infographics: 5 tools to build your own interactive visualizations

Infographics and data visualizations have become essential tools for journalism with the emergence of digital media, where huge volumes of data need to be interpreted and communicated in easy to understand language for the audience. As technology advances, journalists are able to create their own interactive graphics and add visual components to their reports, an area once reserved for graphic designers.  Read more »


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