Data Journalism

MaryJo Webster's training materials

This is a collection of my data journalism training materials, primarily used for a college-level course I teach at the University of Minnesota. However, it could also be used by someone wishing to learn on their own. Many (although not all) of the exercises have directions that walk you through. If you're a beginner, I recommend starting at the top of the page and working your way down. Many thanks to the dozens and dozens of other data journalists who wrote/created some of these materials, and the many more who taught me along the course of my career! If you have problems with any of the files or links here, please contact me via Twitter, @MaryJoWebster


NICAR 2018 Conference

My recent stories


Introduction to data reporting/computer-assisted reporting

Recommended books

Get inspired: examples of good data-driven stories

Data state of mind

Data journalism for editors

Finding Data

Wrestling with data- guides

Tools for wrangling data

Using numbers without fear (Numeracy)

Beginner spreadsheets

Intermediate spreadsheets

Advanced spreadsheets

Database managers & SQL

SQLite using Firefox SQLite Manager

Microsoft Access

Access -Group by queries

Access - Importing

Access - Joining tables

How to write and report with data

Cleaning data

Intro to data visualizations

Google Fusion


Tableau Public


Getting started coding

This is a very, very sparse list of the resources out there. But it would be a place to start.

GIS mapping

Statistical analysis

Geocoding tools

Other cool tools to check out: