How we helped a journalist fact-check with data

In this post, we’ll walk through a real-life example of fact-checking using data analysis techniques.

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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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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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On Our Desk — March 31

On Our Desk is a round-up of national or North Carolina news outlets using data to tell stories in innovative ways. Here’s what inspired us this week.

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Free Tools for Freelancers

Gathering, cleaning, and analyzing data can take some time, but it doesn’t need to be costly. Here are some of our favorite, free data tools.

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On Our Desk — March 3, 2017

On Our Desk is a round-up of national or North Carolina news outlets using data to tell stories in innovative ways. Here’s what inspired us this week.

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Replicating Voter Turnout Analysis at County Level

In a recent release, Democracy North Carolina analyzed voter turnout in the state in last November’s election among different demographic groups. In this post, we’ll see how you can replicate this analysis for your county.

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On Our Desk — Feb. 24, 2017

On Our Desk is a round-up of national or North Carolina news outlets using data to tell stories in innovative ways. Here’s what inspired us this week.

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Dam That Hasn’t Been Inspected in Over 30 Years Also Doesn’t Exist, Probably

There’s a dam in Mitchell County, North Carolina that hasn’t been inspected in almost 40 years…or is there? I call an auto repair shop behind the supposed dam to find out.

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On Our Desk — Feb. 17, 2017

On Our Desk is a round-up of national or North Carolina news outlets using data to tell stories in innovative ways. Here’s what inspired us this week.

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