Assignment for Tuesday 8/30

1) Read these Lost Stories stories:

2) Choose 2-3 of these stories, and in the comments, leave some thoughts on what you think works and what questions you have about the stories — the focus, approach, the voice, etc. Think about our conversation about the fire-behind-football-game story.

3) Look over the Birmingham News photos in Dropbox. (Captions are in a Word doc at the bottom of the page.) Come to class Tuesday with your top three. In the meantime, if you feel strongly about one (or more) of these, email me and let me know why.

4) Look over the schedule for the Lost Stories project and let me know if you have any questions about the deadlines. We will talk to Elizabeth at AMG next week about the engagement/distribution plan.

Assignment for Thursday 8/25

Read Fire Raged, They Played On, and the Photo Still Beguiles (in the NYT) and keep a list in a Google Doc of everything the reporter, Sarah Lyall, had to report in order to tell the story behind the photo. Before the start of class, share your Google Doc with me.

In the comments, leave some thoughts on what you think works and what questions you have about the stories — the focus, approach, the voice, etc.

Assignment for 3/29

1) Read Clara Guibourg’s 4 Mistakes in Data Journalism and How to Avoid Them and review Become Data Literate in 3 Simple Steps from the Data Journalism Handbook.

2) For your quiz, Make a copy of the spreadsheet of responses from the spring break survey we made and distributed. Using formulas in the spreadsheet itself or Fusion Tables, answer these questions for your third quiz. The quiz must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2016.

Good weekend!

Spring break beach reading

Over the break, please read Kathryn Schulz’ The Really Big One (sorry, people headed to the West Coast). It’s a great piece of journalism, full stop, but it’s also a great example of how data can fuel great storytelling. (That’s three uses of “great” in one sentence if you’re keeping count.) Also, read Oliver Roeder’s A Plagiarism Scandal is Unfolding in the Crossword World. It’s a great example of data-analysis-as-reporting.

We’ll talk about these when we get back to class on 3/22. We’ll also begin our important “Data of Candy” analysis then.

Have a great break.