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The Fundamentals of Data Journalism
Training module

Visualisation: Beginners’ guide to data visualisation

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Visualisations bring the “ooooh” factor to data-driven journalism, but their purpose is greater than simply making your story “pretty”. They bring data to life, help you to analyse and explore your data and find story angles that you may not have identified. They enable you to communicate more effectively with your audience too.

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In this fourth module of The Fundamentals of Data Journalism course, you will learn about the essentials of data visualisation, how to avoid pitfalls by following best practises and gain practical application skills in creating your own charts with two popular (and free) visualisation tools.

Module videos

This module contains short videos with accompanying presentations and resources.

Getting started with data visualisations

What is data visualisation? Why do we use it? What is the data pipeline? So many questions…We have the answers for you.

Best practises

Just because it looks good, doesn’t mean that it is. In this video, we’ll share some best practises to help you choose appropriate charts and not fall into the traps of what not to do.

Finding your own data

Being able to find your own data by using web scraping techniques and tools is an invaluable skill. How does this fit into visualisation? The data that you source and “liberate” can be easily turned into visualisations for analysis as well as publication.

This video has been divided into three parts:

3.1 Overview: “What is web scraping?”

3.2 Tabula: How to get data out of a PDF

3.3 ImportHTML: How to extract information from websites

Charts

Are you ready to start making your own data visualisations? In this video, we'll show you how to create a chart with Datawrapper, a free visualisation tool used by newsrooms.

Flourish

In this video, we'll show you how to create a chart with Flourish, a free data visualisation tool used by newsrooms.

Module resources

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Module documents and resources

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