Published on July 9th, 2017 by peter
This was my second course undertaken at the Knight Centre for Journalism in the Americas. The course was run by Ben Welsh, Data Editor at the LA Times and gave high level insight into using Pandas and Jupyter Notebook for investigative data projects. The course is simply an introduction or teaser for what is possible with these tools, but it does a good job at that.
- The course work can be found at firstpythonnotebook.org
- My actual course work aligned to the above is available on github.com/datafunk/pdj0517
- It is possible to work through the entire material over a weekend, which I did right before the actual course began with the aim to explore and incorporate d3js into such a workflow. You can find its outcome in this notebook.
For those data jurnos located in California or interested in Californian money and polytics, the class included a sub-course within itself where students had the opportunity to participate in active data projects interrogating the Cal-Access Database for The California Civic Data Coalition. Ben also held workshops at the LA Times offices, a fantastic opportunity for the locals to do some networking.