First Python Notebook goes to college
Our guide to investigating campaign cash with free software graduated to the next level at Stanford
This week I traveled to the campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto to join graduate students in Cheryl Phillips’ Public Affairs Journalism course.
Over two sessions, Cheryl and I trained more than a dozen of student journalists how to use the Python programming language, a Jupyter Notebook and the pandas toolkit to interrogate data and develop a story.
Our subject: Contributions to campaigns for and again Proposition 64, a ballot measure that asked California voters to decide if recreational marijuana should be legalized. (They said yes.)
The class is a significant expansion of one first developed last year for a joint training with Investigative Reporters and Editors at San Diego State University.
We’re aiming to expand it further for a six-hour hands-on class scheduled at the upcoming conference of the National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting in Jacksonville, Florida. Enroll today!