Students in New Course Gather and Visualize Data to Produce Interactive Stories
Demand is growing in newsrooms today for reporters who know how to find and analyze data to create compelling, visual stories. In response to that need, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism began offering a new cutting-edge course in the just-completed spring semester called “Data-driven Interactive Journalism.”
Taught by Russell Chun and Amanda Hickman, both experts in the mining and interpretation of data for journalistic uses, the course required students to team up to report and produce three interactive stories using a variety of tools with only a minimum knowledge of coding.
The data sources for their stories varied. Some students tapped into already published statistics, such as the New York Department Labor’s jobs numbers, while others gathered their own data with interviews, polls, or web resources, such as Yelp reviews or Facebook and Twitter posts.
Here’s a sampling of the work that came out of the class:
The Customer Knows Best
Carla Astudillo and Colin Weatherby
Where Will You Be Working in 2018?
Martin Burch and Eliza Ronalds-Hannon
By the Numbers: EU Internet Access and Usage
Menglin Huang and Kahliah Laney
The Healthcare Maze
Martin Burch and Lisa Mahapatra
This is What Our Media Looks Like: An Overview of National Occupy Wall Street News Coverage and Protests
Carla Astudillo and Ichi Vasquez