Coding for Journalists 101
August 29, 2014 5:29 AM Subscribe
So a little while ago, I set out to write some tutorials that would guide the non-coding-but-computer-savvy journalist through enough programming fundamentals so that he/she could write a web scraper to collect data from public websites.
The intro webscraping resource at ProPublica, built around the example case of the their Dollars for Docs project (previously), first appeared up as a series of tutorials on author Dan Nguyen's blog:
Tutorial 1: Go from knowing nothing to scraping Web pages. In an hour. Hopefully.
Tutorial 2: Scraping a County Jail Website to Find Out Who's in Jail.
Tutorial 3: Who's Been in Jail Before: Cross-checking the jail logs with the court system with Ruby's Mechanize.
Tutorial 4: Improving Pfizer's Dollars-to-Doctors Pay List.
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