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As well as these taught courses I also maintain a repository of tutorials that give practical beginner-level introductions to using different tools and technologies, with a focus on their application in the newsroom.

  1. Time travel for beginners: how to create and use web archives

    Ever relied upon an online source, only later to find it deleted or changed? This class covers how to get the most out of resources like the Wayback Machine – what they’re good for, and what they’re not. We also cover when and how to build your own private archives of web content.

    1. Dataharvest 2022Mechelen, Belgium
  2. Web basics: how the web works, and how to scrape it

    Have you ever wondered how exactly your stories reach your readers? Ever wanted to know how to build a simple webpage? Or how to scrape information from the web? This session covers the principles of how web pages get onto your screen, and working with the two key web technologies of HTML and CSS. With Rui Barros.

    1. Dataharvest 2022Mechelen, Belgium
  3. Finding needles in haystacks with fuzzy matching

    Fuzzy matching is a process for linking up names that are similar but not quite the same. It can be an important part of data-led investigations, identifing connections between key people and companies that are relevant to a story. This class covers how it fits into the investigative process, and includes a practical introduction to using the CSV Match tool I developed.

    1. Nicar 2022Atlanta, USA
    2. Nicar 2022Atlanta, USA
    3. Nicar 2021Online
    4. Nicar 2020New Orleans, USA
    5. Nicar 2019Newport Beach, USA
    6. Nicar 2019Newport Beach, USA
    7. CIJ Summer Conference 2018London, UK
    8. Dataharvest 2018Mechelen, Belgium
    9. Nicar 2018Chicago, USA
  4. An introduction to data for investigations

    Where do you start using data in investigations? This training morning covers what data really is, developing a ‘data state of mind’ to spot opportunities, data sourcing including using unstructured data, hands-on scraping websites and interviewing datasets to get answers to your questions, as well as developing rigorous working practices that help you avoid mistakes.

    1. Birn Summer School 2021Mlini, Croatia
  5. Scraping from scratch

    You may have come across acronyms like HTTP and HTML, but what do they mean, and what does it matter? This class explains the concepts that underpin how the web works – which are simpler than you might think – as well as how you can use this knowledge to extract out the information you need, and understand how exactly your stories reach your readers.

    1. Dataharvest Digital 2021Online
  6. Introduction to code for journalists

    Want to take your first steps with code but not sure how to begin? Or want to learn how code is being used in the newsroom and if it can help you and your team? This weekend workshop is an introductory primer to learning to code, showing recent story examples, explaining the fundamental concepts in programming, and demystifying the jargon.

    1. CIJ CoursesLondon, UK
    2. CIJ CoursesLondon, UK
    3. CIJ CoursesLondon, UK
    4. CIJ CoursesLondon, UK
    5. CIJ CoursesLondon, UK
  7. Exploring networks with graph databases

    Graph databases are incredibly useful to find connections or patterns within our data. This is a hands-on introduction to graph database Neo4j, showing examples of its use for investigative stories including the Panama and Paradise Papers, and teaching attendees how to build a graph of noteworthy individuals and match them with corporate data to see the networks involved.

    1. Global Investigative Journalism Conference 2019Hamburg, Germany
    2. CIJ Summer Conference 2019London, UK
    3. Dataharvest 2019Mechelen, Belgium
    4. CIJ Summer Conference 2018London, UK
    5. Dataharvest 2018Mechelen, Belgium
    6. CIJ Summer Conference 2017London, UK
    7. Dataharvest 2017Mechelen, Belgium
  8. GitHub for journalists

    Whether you find yourself collaborating on code, data, or prose, GitHub can work for journalists. This class covered what GitHub is, the benefits of using it, and how it is typically used both by people doing data analysis and by developers. Attendees were shown how to create a first repository and make pull requests.

    1. Nicar 2018Chicago, USA
  9. Code for journalists

    How can code help you or your team with investigations? This two-hour session was a hand-holding hands-on introduction to programming, showing recent examples of published stories and demystifying the jargon. Attendees were guided through the tools needed, including text editors and an introduction to the command line. This later evolved into a weekend course.

    1. CIJ Summer Conference 2017London, UK
  10. How to work with web developers (and what we wish you knew)

    Good communication between management and techies can make the difference between a website or app that makes money and one that loses customers, but the culture divide can be vast. This evening course covered working methods, jargon, and how to brief to avoid tension between the business parts of an organisation and mysterious, headphone-wearing coders.

    1. Guardian MasterclassesLondon, UK
    2. Guardian MasterclassesLondon, UK