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I'm Matt Waite, a professor of practice in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. I teach programming to communicators through data journalism and sports data classes. I also started a drone journalism lab to study how to use flying robots for journalism and to teach students how to do it right. I've been teaching since 2011. Before that, I worked in daily newspapers in Arkansas and Florida, last at the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times), where in 2007 I was the principal developer behind, which became the first website to win a Pulitzer Prize in 2009.

I believe passionately in making my materials open and I believe textbook pricing is out of control. So, where I can, I make custom materials for my classes for students and give it to them for free.

I also helped start the Roper Lab for Data in Community News, using data journalism to create locally relevant data-driven content for small news organizations in Nebraska. And I'm interested in using sensors to gather data for storytelling.

*Note: My employer used the image above to get students to come to UNL. You can judge my Twitter game for yourself.

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  1. A collection of stuff for my Data Journalism class at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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  2. Course materials for a data visualization course taught at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Journalism and Mass Communications

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  3. A repository of materials for a proposed class on automated story bots.

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  4. Journalists need to be better at math and data. A good place to start? Beginning reporting class in journalism school, usually taught to 18 and 19 year olds who have avoided math their whole lives.

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  5. A collection of stuff for my News Applications class at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. More to be added later.

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  6. An ultra-simple example of how to use Python to write stories based on a set of data.

    Python 29 10

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