Carolina Data Desk

About

Who are we

Carolina Data Desk is an organization committed to giving journalists more tools to tell data-driven stories in North Carolina. We do this by helping you through any step that you need assistance with in the data story writing process  — whether that is acquiring, cleaning, analyzing or presenting data.

Carolina Data Desk is a part of the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media, which exists to support established and emerging local news organizations through applied research on economic sustainability and entrepreneurship as well as innovative news and digital product solutions.

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The Center is funded by grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and UNC’s Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost.

Contact Us

For more information, you can contact us during our office hours, 1-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. We are located in Reese News Lab in the School of Media and Journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill (at Carroll Hall). Our email is help@carolinadatadesk.org.

 

Latest Posts

Tutorial: Intro to Web Scraping with R

Tutorial: Intro to Web Scraping with R

Let’s take a look at how you can use R to scrape data from text in a standard form across many pages. We’ll start by going over some of the key functions that will help us, and then we’ll walk through an example.

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Drawing With Data: How News Organizations Are Using Facebook’s Data to Tell Stories

Drawing With Data: How News Organizations Are Using Facebook’s Data to Tell Stories

It is common knowledge that Facebook collects an immense amount of data about each user that creates an account on its site. By knowing what to look for, news organizations have been able to create impressive visualizations that tells us a lot about ourselves on a local, or even national scale.

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Legality and Ethics of Webscraping

Legality and Ethics of Webscraping

Web scraping can be a powerful tool for journalists, allowing them to quickly gather large amounts of data. It can also be confusing and intimidating at times. In this post, we’ll look at some things to consider when deciding whether web scraping is a good solution for your data needs.

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