Data journalism is all the rage right now. But we believe using data is just part of being a good journalist. If you want to start adding some “data-” to your journalist, web scraping is an easy and useful first step to take. It’s a way to extract information from a website — say, sports scores, or complaints to police — and stick it in a spreadsheet where you can analyse it. This Walkley workshop, led by ABC data journalist Simon Elvery, will teach you how to do simple scraping without programming.
What to bring: You’ll need a laptop — ideally charged up beforehand — and a free account on import.io.
Prerequisites: None required beyond using a computer, which you’re surely all quite good at.
Timing: Arrive 3pm for a 3.30 start. The workshop will be one hour with questions and networking afterward.
Here are some ABC and others are using scraping:
Election 2016 data reveals all the Davids running for office ABC News
The ABC Newsbot is here ABC News
Catchphrases of the 2016 campaign trail ABC News
Journalists killed or imprisoned ABC News
What makes an Archibald winner? ABC News
Find out when politicians amend their donations and lists of gifts and business interests Guardian Australia
Australia’s political donations: Interactive Guardian Australia
And here’s a somewhat dated but still inspirational list of some U.S. stories that couldn’t have been done without scraping, from adoptions to judicial ethics.
Leading this workshop: Simon Elvery, Digital Interactive Storytelling team, ABC News Digital
Simon has more than a decade of experience telling stories on the web and is currently part of the Digital Interactive Storytelling team at ABC News Digital. He is deeply involved in the digital storytelling and web development communities. He has twice been a presenter at Sydney’s Web Directions conference and is an organiser of Hacks/Hackers Brisbane, a monthly community event that invites speakers to explore the intersection of new technologies and storytelling.
About this series: Future Fridays are the Walkley Foundation's series of informal talks and workshops across the country on anything related to the future of journalism, featuring speakers from Australia and abroad. What better way to wind down the working week than with some professional inspiration and development - and networking drinks? Subscribe to the Walkley Foundation newsletter to stay tuned on future Future Fridays and other Walkley events.