Introduction to Data Journalism, Fall 2016

Over four weeks, these classes will provide an introduction to data journalism. We will cover principles of data analysis, acquiring and cleaning data, basic spreadsheet skills, plus mapping and other forms of visualization. The emphasis will be on finding and telling stories from data.

Weekly schedule

Gentrification/Labor students will meet in 142/Library on Mondays from 8.30am - 10.00am.

Rich Con/Oakland North/Tech students will in 108/Lower Newsroom on Thursdays from 8.30am - 10.00am.

Your instructor, Peter Aldhous, will maintain office hours in B1 from 10.00am-1.00pm after each class. You are encouraged to arrange appointments to discuss your work.

Required reading

Sarah Cohen: Numbers in the Newsroom: Using Math and Statistics in News

Further reading/viewing will be recommended to support weekly class material.


Unexcused absence from two classes will result in an F. Excused absences will be permitted only in extraordinary circumstances. Regardless of the reason for an absence, students will be responsible for any assignments due and for learning material covered in class.


Assignments: 90%
Attendance: 10%

Good manners

Students must turn off the ringers on their cell phones before class begins. Students may not check e-mail, social media sites or other websites during lecture portions of class or while working on class exercises.

Academic dishonesty and plagiarism

The high academic standard at the University of California, Berkeley, is reflected in each degree that is awarded. As a result, it is up to every student to maintain this high standard by ensuring that all academic work reflects his/her own ideas or properly attributes the ideas to the original sources.

These are some basic expectations of students with regards to academic integrity:

Disability accommodations

If you need disability-related accommodations in this class, if you have emergency medical information you wish to share with the instructor, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please inform the instructor as soon as possible by seeing him after class or making an appointment to visit during office hours. If you are not currently listed with DSP (Disabled Students’ Program) but believe that you could benefit from their support, you may apply online.