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KPCC Data Team "Thomas Guide"

Where we attempt to lay a foundation, document practices and find our way...

Table of Contents

Dare we say a "Statement of Purpose"

"When deciding whether to commit to something, if I feel anything less than, 'Wow! That would be amazing! Absolutely! Hell yeah!' - then my answer is no."

While not always an appropriate - or practical - attitude in a newsroom setting, the above-anecdote from Derek Sivers is an important one...


So what are common elements of successful projects?


Each Tuesday we've have a Muddle Huddle to consider the following:

  • What did we accomplish last week? What worked? What didn't?
  • What do we want to accomplish in the week ahead?
  • What did we learn that we didn't know before?

We will share this information with the KPCC Regional Desk, Chris Knap, Paul Glickman, Stephen Gregory and the shows.


  • What we're ready to do:

    • Collaborate on reporting, stories or projects with reporters.
    • Offer advice on how to request records and data, find and clean datasets and check findings.
    • Brainstorm how to present findings and data whether in a narrative or visual form.
    • Recommend data to use to make apples-to-apples comparisons, data sources to shy away from and how to understand limitations.
    • Request records and data, find and clean datasets and check findings when required.
    • Offer insight about the things that don't lead to stories and how we do work.
    • Ask "Who is our audience?", "What do they need?" and "What can we make?"
  • What we shy away from:

    • A service desk where you drop off a spreadsheet and continue on your way.
    • The place where you go when you "want a map" for a story.

Sharing & Showing Our Work

Mentors & Inspiration

These compendium is based largely on the work by Investigative News Network and others, and shares their aim to formalize work and leave a roadmap for others to follow. For their work and inspiration we are thankful.

Suggestions

Contributors