Google News Lab

The Google News Lab’s Data Journalism courses can help you find, analyze, interpret and visualize data for news stories.

More public record resources
This PBS story lists, at the end, more resources to check on data and public records.

Two dozen top websites for reporters
24sites

IPEDS
An invaluable reporting tool. The National Center for Education Statistics’ website, which includes the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System – provides clear, complete information about colleges and universities to to serve the research, education and other interested communities. This is an especially good site for a beat reporter covering the college’s administration. For more information, see the PowerPoint presentation below.
IPEDS reporting

Finding data and documents online
This PowerPoint presentation provides basic and essential information to finding data online.
Mining the web

Primer on data journalism and statistics
Data journalism, the use of statistical information and records to help develop news stories, depends heavily on the use of statistics. But statistics and mathematical-related material are often shunned by reporters. While I cannot provide a statistics course, I can offer students basic information to get you started on your study of statistics by simply clicking the link.

Tools for collecting data
This Poynter Institute story on digital strategy provides tools for journalists to use to collect data to help tell statistic- and data-driven stories.

Ten tools to help data journalists be more efficient
More from the Poynter Institute on how to improve as a data journalist.

Maplight
Maplight is a nonpartisan research organization that reveals money’s influence on politics in the U.S. Congress on its website. Search Nebraska politicians to see from whom they received money and how they voted on an issue after receiving a donation from a lobbyist.