face to face training

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.

This two-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).


Tuesday, 4 December: Scraping basics

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, 5 December: Looking at what’s available

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                    Lunch1-2pm                      Advanced scraping options: coding, PDFs and spreadsheets

2-5pm                     Project surgery: your scraping challenges

Technical requirements: Delegates will be using their own laptop and should have a Google drive account, and have downloaded the free version of outwit hub  ahead of the course. A GitHub account would also be useful.

Tags: Journalism_education
Start Date: 04/12/2018
End Date: 05/12/2018