A lengthy portion of each class is devoted to real-life examples, emphasizing the skills newsrooms want. How can web scripting help a reporter track down runners
who may have witnessed explosions in the Boston Marathon bombings? How can a map
illustrate the challenges in developing gun policy? Why is data cleaning required to uncover the influence of money
in visits to the White House? More than ever, these new ways of telling stories require data skills.
Fluency with data and the ability to ask and answer questions from structured information sources can help any journalist, whether she’s a radio producer, magazine writer or digital producer. In past course evaluations, 41 of 43 students — with a wide variety of interests and technical backgrounds — have said they would recommend the class to a friend.