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

North Carolina’s Bojangles Recovery After Hurricane Florence

North Carolina’s Bojangles Recovery After Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence devastated infrastructure throughout eastern North Carolina. Its lingering effects continues to keep highways and schools closed in some parts of the state while life in other parts of North Carolina have largely returned to normal. For many in the state, normalcy means a visit to Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits — some for a tasty biscuit and some to earn a paycheck. In […]

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Data Cleaning Best Practices

Start by getting in a data mindset and understanding how to bulletproof your data. Ask these questions: Who collected the data? Why did they collect it? How did they collect it? When did they start (and stop) collecting it? What happened to the data between the day it was born and the day you are harvesting it? Source: https://github.com/sarahcnyt/stabile/blob/master/docs/bulletproof.md Get a data dictionary (or make […]

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Free Training: Intro to Data Journalism with the Center for Investigative Reporting

Free Training: Intro to Data Journalism with the Center for Investigative Reporting

Reveal/The Center for Investigative Reporting will be coming to North Carolina June 18-19 to train journalists and students in the art of data reporting. Emmanuel Martinez, data reporter for Reveal/CIR, will lead the training. Martinez is the lead data journalist in Reveal’s ongoing coverage of modern-day redlining, which includes complex statistical analyses touching nearly every mortgage application in the country. Martinez will work with journalists on […]

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