Aviva Hope Rutkin

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Resources for aspiring data journalists

I first became interested in data journalism while I was a reporter at New Scientist.

I had some experience with computer science, but did not know where to begin. After experimenting with different classes, books and tools, I was able to make the leap to a full-time job in data journalism.

This is in no way meant to be an exhaustive list. It's simply a record of the resources that I found useful.

Updated 5/21/2020

Finding data

Understanding data



Data visualization


Blogs, newsletters and Slacks


A few other thoughts:

Spreadsheets are powerful. They're a good place to start, particularly if you don't know how to code.

If you can, go to a NICAR conference -- or check out the tipsheets from past conferences.

It helps to have a project in mind. Even if you just want to try recreating what someone else has built. Learning indiscriminately can be overwhelming.

You don't need to know every language, tool, etc. Get really good at one or two that are relevant to you, and branch out from there.