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Web Scraping for Journalists

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Goldsmiths, University of London

8 Lewisham Way

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Scraping - getting a computer to capture information from online sources - is one of the most powerful techniques for data-savvy journalists who want to get to the story first, or find exclusives that no one else has spotted.

Room - TBC, Goldsmiths, University of London
23 January 2018 - 25 January 2018

Paul Bradshaw will show you how to scrape content from the web and find stories that otherwise might have been missed.

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This three-day workshop in scraping is designed for reporters with no knowledge of scraping or programming and provides essential skills for getting original stories by compiling data across a range of online sources. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to use specialist scraping tools (without programming) and begin to write your own, more advanced, scrapers. You will also be able to communicate with programmers on relevant projects. (See below for more information and technical requirements - you must bring your own laptop).

Paul Bradshaw runs the MA in Data Journalism and the MA in Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism at Birmingham City University, and also works as a consulting data journalist with the BBC England Data Unit. A journalist, writer and trainer, he has worked with news organisations including The Guardian, Telegraph, Mirror, Der Tagesspiegel and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He publishes the Online Journalism Blog, is the co-founder of the award-winning investigative journalism network HelpMeInvestigate.com, and has been listed on both Journalism.co.uk's list of leading innovators in media, and the US Poynter Institute's list of the 35 most influential people in social media.
His books include Finding Stories in Spreadsheets, Scraping for Journalists, The Data Journalism Heist, Snapchat for Journalists and the Online Journalism Handbook.

Timetable:

Tuesday, 22 January: Scraping basics
Room: TBC

10-10.30am Registrations

10:30-11:15am Introduction: What scraping is and how news organisations are using it

11:30-12.15pm Pitching story ideas involving scraping

12:15-1pm Scraping basics: finding structure in HTML and URLs

1-2pm Lunch

2-3.45pm Simple scraping jobs: checking a webpage every day; identifying information using XPath

4-5pm Introduction to scraping tools: Outwit Hub

Wednesday, 24 January: Looking at what's available
Room: TBC

9-10am Advanced Outwit Hub: scraping multiple pages

10-10:15am What's possible with programming: APIs, regex and loops

10:30am-12pm Scraping text that fits a pattern: regex

12-1pm Lunch

1-3.45pm Basic scraping with Python and Morph.io

4-5pm Scraping database search results by following links: loops

Thursday, 25 January: Advanced techniques
Room: TBC
9-10am Advanced scraping: spreadsheets

10-11am Advanced scraping: PDFs

11am-12pm Scraping lab: problem solving

12-1pm Lunch

1-4pm Scraping lab: problem solving

4-5pm Wrap up, final results

More details:
Faster than FOI and more detailed than advanced search techniques, scraping also allows you to grab data that organisations would rather you didn’t have - and put it into a form that allows you to get answers.

Scraping is the process of automatically collating information from the web. It might be grabbing entries across hundreds of webpages, fetching and combining dozens of spreadsheets, or thousands of PDFs.

The results have led to exclusive stories for organisations ranging from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Trinity Mirror, to DC Thomson, Channel 4 and the BBC.

Technical requirements:

Delegates will be using their own laptop and should have a Google drive account, download import.io and the free version of outwit hub, plus install the kimono labs extension for chrome. A GitHub account would also be useful.

Note
The software is all free. However the free version of OutWit Hub only allows you to scrape 100 rows, so you may want to pay for the full version but can decide after you've learnt how to use it on the course.

GOLDSMITHS STUDENTS (full-time)
Get a 20% discount. Please contact marina(at)tcij.org for the details.

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