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Data journalism resources to dig deeper

Resources to help journalists learn more about data

A decade ago, data journalism was only practiced by a small number of spreadsheet savvy reporters. But journalists have overcome their fear of numbers and are increasingly using data to tell complex, compelling and beautifully-presented stories. Many more journalists have expressed an interest in learning to work with data, but don’t know where to start.

The Judith Neilson Institute, with the support of trainers from the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR), a program from the US-based Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), is piloting data journalism education initiatives in Australia. The programs aim to provide practical education to help journalists acquire, organise and analyse data.

With NICAR’s help, the Institute has also pulled together a collection of (mostly) free resources to help journalists with limited knowledge about data journalism get started.

Training events/courses


Where to get help

  • The NICAR listserv is channel for journalists to exchange ideas, information, techniques and stories.
  • News Nerdery Slack team is a Slack channel used by about 4,000 data journalists from around the world.
  • The Lonely Coder’s Club Slack team started by a group of people who were “the only one in the newsroom” doing data/coding work. Now has 600+ registered users.
  • Quants & Quills is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers in Brisbane that brings story tellers and tech experts together.

Data journalism at work

The following is a small sample of exemplary data journalism stories from around the world.



The National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting is a program of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), founded in 1989 and supported by the Missouri School of Journalism. It maintains a library of federal databases, employs journalism students, and trains journalists in the practical skills of getting and analysing electronic information.