How to scrape data from a website

Sometimes, websites host tons of useful data that you would like to collect and collide in a spreadsheet. We all know how to copy&paste, but that can become a hateful task if we are talking about many data spread in different pages of that website. There is an useful skill to solve that: scraping websites. Read the rest of this entry »

How to write a successful FOI Request

FOI requests are one of the most amazing tools to get data that I have ever discovered. I came across with them for the first time earlier this year, as part of my MA course in Science Journalism, since there is not anything remotely similar in my country, Spain. I have become very enthusiastic about them and the opportunities they offer for finding new stories, in many cases with an important impact on the public. Below you can find some recommendations to write a successful FOI request and send it to a public body in England. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for avoiding blunders with numbers in the news

These are some tips for avoiding blunders when writing stories with numbers and statistics. I came across with them while reading handbooks on Data Journalism, so this is a summary of the best of them: Read the rest of this entry »