Cleaning Up "Messy" Data: Data Analysis for Journalists

Course Overview

Cleaning Up "Messy" Data: Data Analysis for Journalists
Seminar Snapshot
Time Estimate:
30 minute presentation.

You can buy this seminar snapshot for $14.95 or all seven in this series for $99 here

About Seminar Snapshots

A Seminar Snapshot features video highlights that capture the key learning of a seminar presentation.

No matter whether your data skills are in the abacus age or the digital age, these sessions will help you learn new skills or sharpen the skills you have already. You will become more confident and productive using data in your reporting by learning some basic skills.

  • Intermediate Data Analysis Cleaning Up "Messy" Data.

To follow along, you will need to download and unzip the file of datasets linked here: Poynter Data

This video snapshot is part of a daylong workshop at The Poynter Institute on April 24, 2014. You can see all the on-demand replays from that event here: Basic and Intermediate Data Analysis for Journalists: A Poynter Broadcast Training Package.

You can buy this seminar snapshot for $14.95 or all seven in this series for $99 here

What Will I Learn:
  • How to clean up a dataset
Who should take this course:

Reporters who want to tell more powerful stories enriched by or driven by data.


Phillip Reese

Phillip Reese is a computer-assisted reporting specialist at The Sacramento Bee, where he serves a multi-faceted role: writing stories rich in data analysis; teaming with fellow reporters on database research; and maintaining an online data center that highlights trends in the Sacramento region. A native of Marion, N.C., Reese attended North Carolina State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in English in 1999. While in college, he served as editor of the campus newspaper and interned at the Hickory (N.C.) Daily Record, the Wichita Eagle and the Raleigh News & Observer.