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January 25, 2011

Digital journalism workshops aim for better business coverage

A series of free digital journalism workshops, on offer around the country and online in the coming months, will train reporters on how to use various online tools to improve their business news coverage.

Sponsored by the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the programs will cover topics such as using the internet to investigate companies, covering business news using audio slideshows, and using social media for business reporting.

One investigative workshop, Beyond Google: Mining the web for company intelligence, offered online on May 17-18, will show how to tap social media for company info and to cull sources through business networks like LinkedIn. The workshop will be run by Sean Campbell and Scott Swigart of Portland, OR-based technology market research firm Cascade Insights.

Another workshop, offered free to attendees of the annual Society of American Business Editors and Writers Conference, is scheduled for Dallas April 8 and focuses on telling business stories with Soundslides. It will be taught by Jeremy Caplan, the director of education for CUNY’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism.

Among other free online programs are:

The workshop series also covers a range of other topics, including computer-assisted reporting, census-based reporting, the green economy, and more, with programs in Philadephia, Raleigh, N.C., Los Angeles and Dallas. Find out about additional programs later this spring and summer. Or go ahead and register for any of the free programs. You can also learn more by contacting the Reynolds Center’s Executive Director Linda Austin at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 602-496-9187.

January 13, 2012

Follow the political money: New tool links organizations to bills they seek to influence

Always finding fun new ways to slice and dice campaign contribution data, this week MapLight (a nonpartisan research organization that reveals money’s influence on politics) debuted company pages. This tool can help reporters and others tie contributions made by specific organizations to the bills they seek to influence…

So far this service covers contributions made to members of the U.S. Congress, as well as the state legislatures of California and Wisconsin.

Regarding money given to Congress, Maplight’s company pages profile the top 200 companies (including companies, trade associations, unions, and their employees), selected in terms of total contributions given to candidate campaign committees for members of Congress serving since Jan. 1, 2007.

Assessments of bill positions are based on Maplight’s research on bills introduced since the beginning of the 110th Congress

Maplight company pages also show total contributions from related companies and industries, as well as MapLight’s latest related research findings. Company page data is also published via RSS feed.

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

July 25, 2012

Civic Data Challenge: Apply by July 29

The Civic Data Challenge, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, seeks to turn existing data on civic/community issues, health, safety, education, and the economy into beautiful, useful applications and visualizations…

Participants will choose datasets provided by the Challenge, and analyze them in conjunction with at least one additional dataset. They will identify connections and correlations and create visual representations and interactive products to showcase their findings. These may include infographics, apps, animations, videos, or other products.

Learn more and enter now.

Deadline: July 29, 11:59 pm EST on July 29.

On Twitter, follow @CivicData.

Winners will be notified in mid-August and publicly announced at the 67th Annual National Conference on Citizenship. (Sept. 14, Philadelphia)

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.