Weekly Calendar


1: Web Design Principles

Monday, January 07, 2019

Classwork and Reminders:

IN CLASS: Discuss syllabus and course expectations ... Read More

IN CLASS: Icebreakers Part 1: "Yes, I Have Done That!" Bingo ... Read More

IN CLASS: Set up Box.com folder and sign up for Github education account ... Read More

HOMEWORK: Read Roe and Submit Background and Interests Survey ... Read More

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Today's Readings:

Roe, Sam. "Could collaborating with scientists be the next step for investigative reporting?," Columbia Journalism Review. New York, February 12, 2016. n.p. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

IN CLASS: Set Up Blogs and Custom Blog Names ... Read More

IN CLASS: Icebreakers Part 2: Superlatives ... Read More

HOMEWORK: Read Gray, Bounegru, and Chambers Chapter 1; review videos from "macOS High Sierra Essential Training" (lynda.pitt.edu) ... Read More

2: Web Design Principles

Monday, January 14, 2019

Today's Readings:

Gray, Jonathan, Liliana Bounegru, and Lucy Chambers. "Chapter 1: Introduction," The Data Journalism Handbook. Cambridge, O'Reilly Media, 2012. n.p. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

IN CLASS: Icebreakers Part 3: Memory Palace Name Game ... Read More

IN CLASS: Publish Our First Github Pages websites ... Read More

IN CLASS: Discuss Background and Interests Survey Results ... Read More

HOMEWORK: HTML Worksheet ... Read More

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Classwork and Reminders:

Guest Speaker: Bob Gradeck ... Read More

HOMEWORK: Read Hickey; Read Eastwood and Hinton ... Read More

3: Web Design Principles

Monday, January 21, 2019

Classwork and Reminders:

NO CLASS: MLK JR Day ... Read More

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Today's Readings:

Eastwood, Joel, and Erik Hinton. "How does ‘Hamilton,’ the non stop, hip-hop Broadway sensation tap rap's master rhymes to blur musical lines?," The Wall Street Journal. New York, June 6, 2016. n.p. [Link]

Hickey, Walt. "The Dollar-And-Cents Case Against Hollywood’s Exclusion of Women," FiveThirtyEight. Movies, 2014, April 1. n.p. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

IN CLASS: CSS Lesson and Practice Activity ... Read More

IN CLASS: plot.ly demo ... Read More

HOMEWORK: CSS Worksheet ... Read More

4: Web Design Principles

Monday, January 28, 2019

Classwork and Reminders:

IN CLASS: Tableau Public demo ... Read More

IN CLASS: Blog Post 1 ... Read More

HOMEWORK: Finish Pittsburgh Dataset Project ... Read More

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Due by the start of class: Pittsburgh Dataset Project

Classwork and Reminders:

WATCH IN CLASS: Journalism in the Age of Data ... Read More

HOMEWORK: Read Kaufman and Review Units 4, 5, and 6 from "HTML Essential Training" (lynda) ... Read More

Friday, February 1, 2019

Classwork and Reminders:

EXTRA CREDIT: Data Visualization Best Practices Including Introduction to Tableau Public (Boris Michev) ... Read More

5: Data-Driven Design Principles

Monday, February 04, 2019

Today's Readings:

Kaufman, Josh. "Ten Principles of Rapid Skill Acquisition," The First 20 Hours. New York, Penguin, 2013. 14-28. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

IN CLASS: Introduce Skills Assignment ... Read More

IN CLASS: HTML Lesson and Practice ... Read More

HOMEWORK: Waitzkin reading and read Pecha Kucha assignment description ... Read More

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Today's Readings:

Waitzkin, Josh. "Two Approaches to Learning," The Art of Learning. New York, Free Press, 2007. 29-41. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

WATCH IN CLASS: David McCandless, "The Beauty of Data Visualization" ... Read More

IN CLASS: Discuss and workshop skills assignment topic choices (counts as a homework grade) ... Read More

HOMEWORK: Ericsson Reading ... Read More

Friday, February 8, 2019

Classwork and Reminders:

REMINDER: Post Update 1 on Skills Assignment to Your Blog ... Read More

6: Data-Driven Design Principles

Monday, February 11, 2019

Today's Readings:

Ericsson, K. Anders, Ralf T. Krampe, Clemens Tesch-Römer. "The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance," Psychological Review. Vol. 100 , July 3, 1993. 363-406. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

IN CLASS: Comment on Classmates' Skills Posts ... Read More

IN CLASS: Sign up for Pecha Kucha 10 x 20 Dates ... Read More

HOMEWORK: Review Units 7, 8, and Conclusion from "HTML Essential Training" ... Read More

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Classwork and Reminders:

IN CLASS: Integrating CSS, HTML, and Javascript ... Read More

HOMEWORK: Skills Assignment Worksheet (counts as homework grade) ... Read More

Friday, February 15, 2019

Classwork and Reminders:

REMINDER: Post Update 2 on Skills Assignment to Your Blog ... Read More

7: Data-Driven Design Principles

Monday, February 18, 2019

Classwork and Reminders:

IN CLASS: Discuss Skills Assignment So Far (counts as a homework grade) ... Read More

HOMEWORK: Read Gray, Bounegru, and Chambers, Chapter 5, "Getting Data" ... Read More

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Today's Readings:

Gray, Jonathan, Liliana Bounegru, and Lucy Chambers. "Chapter 5: Getting Data," The Data Journalism Handbook. Cambridge, O'Reilly Media, 2012. n.p. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

IN CLASS: Getting Data ... Read More

HOMEWORK: Finish Skills Assignment ... Read More

Friday, February 22, 2019

Classwork and Reminders:

REMINDER: Post Update 3 on Skills Assignment to Your Blog ... Read More

8: Data-Driven Design Principles

Monday, February 25, 2019
Due by the start of class: Self-Guided Skills Development

Classwork and Reminders:

WATCH IN CLASS: "The Facebook Dilemma" (Frontline episode) ... Read More

HOMEWORK: O'Neil Reading ... Read More

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Today's Readings:

O'Neil, Cathy. "Shell Shocked: My Journey of Disillusionment," Weapons of Math Destruction. New York, Crown, 2016. 32-49. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

Pecha Kucha 10x20: Students 1-3 ... Read More

WATCH IN CLASS: Tricia Wang, "The Human Insights Missing from Big Data" ... Read More

HOMEWORK: Read and click through "The Atlas Of Redistricting" ... Read More

9: Visualization Case Studies

Monday, March 04, 2019

Today's Readings:

Bycoffe, Aaron, Ella Koeze, David Wasserman and Julia Wolfe. "The Atlas Of Redistricting," FiveThirtyEight. The Gerrymandering Project, 2018, January 25. n.p. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

Pecha Kucha 10x20: Students 4-6 ... Read More

WATCH IN CLASS: Nate Silver, "Does Racism Affect How You Vote?" ... Read More

HOMEWORK: Worksheet and Read Gray, Bounegru, and Chambers, Chapter 6, "Understanding Data" ... Read More

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Today's Readings:

Gray, Jonathan, Liliana Bounegru, and Lucy Chambers. "Chapter 6: Understanding Data," The Data Journalism Handbook. Cambridge, O'Reilly Media, 2012. n.p. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

Pecha Kucha 10x20: Students 7-9 ... Read More

IN CLASS: Midterm Evaluation ... Read More

HOMEWORK: Popovich Reading ... Read More

CSS Menu ... Read More

Understanding Data ... Read More

10: Spring Break

Monday, March 11, 2019

Classwork and Reminders:

No Class (Spring Break) ... Read More

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Classwork and Reminders:

No Class (Spring Break) ... Read More

11: Visualization Case Studies

Monday, March 18, 2019

Today's Readings:

Popovich, Nadja. "How Does Your State Make Electricity?," The New York Times. New York, 2018, December 24. n.p. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

Pecha Kucha 10x20: Students 10-12 ... Read More

HOMEWORK: Read Vi Hart and Nicky Case, "The Parable of the Polygons" ... Read More

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Classwork and Reminders:

Pecha Kucha 10x20: Students 13-15 ... Read More

IN CLASS: Discuss "Parable of the Polygons" and Introduce Team Project ... Read More

IN CLASS: Teamwork ... Read More

HOMEWORK: Read "How Well Are Your Elections Run?" ... Read More

Team Rosters ... Read More

12: Visualization Case Studies

Monday, March 25, 2019

Today's Readings:

Levine, Ally J., and Ken Schwencke. "How Well Are Your Elections Run?," ProPublica. New York, 2018, September 25. n.p. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

Pecha Kucha 10x20: Students 16-18 ... Read More

HOMEWORK: Stephens-Davidowitz reading ... Read More

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Today's Readings:

Stephens-Davidowitz, Seth. "Introduction: The Outlines of a Revolution," Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are. New York, Dey Street Books, 2017. 1-22. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

Pecha Kucha 10x20: Students 19-21 ... Read More

WATCH IN CLASS: Hans Rosling, "The Best Stats You've Ever Seen" ... Read More

HOMEWORK: Worksheet and read Gray, Bounegru, and Chambers, Chapter 4, "Case Studies" ... Read More

13: Visualization Case Studies

Monday, April 01, 2019

Today's Readings:

Gray, Jonathan, Liliana Bounegru, and Lucy Chambers. "Chapter 4: Case Studies," The Data Journalism Handbook. Cambridge, O'Reilly Media, 2012. n.p. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

HOMEWORK: Read Gray, Bounegru, and Chambers Chapter 7, "Delivering Data" ... Read More

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Today's Readings:

Gray, Jonathan, Liliana Bounegru, and Lucy Chambers. "Chapter 7: Delivering Data," The Data Journalism Handbook. Cambridge, O'Reilly Media, 2012. n.p. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

IN CLASS: Delivering Data ... Read More

WATCH IN CLASS: Anne Milgram, "Why Smart Statistics are the Key to Fighting Crime ... Read More

HOMEWORK: Work on Team Projects ... Read More

Friday, April 5, 2019

Classwork and Reminders:

EXTRA CREDIT: Web Scraping and Web Crawling with Python (led by Matt Lavin) ... Read More

14: Visualization Case Studies

Monday, April 08, 2019

Classwork and Reminders:

IN CLASS: Delivering Data Continued ... Read More

HOMEWORK: Read and Click Through "Hell and High Water" ... Read More

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Today's Readings:

Satija, Neena, Kiah Collier, Al Shaw, and Jeff Larson. "Hell and High Water," ProPublica, The Texas Tribune and Reveal. Houston, 2016, March 3. n.p. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

HOMEWORK: Finish Team Project Assignment ... Read More

15: Visualization Case Studies

Monday, April 15, 2019
Due by the start of class: Team Project

Classwork and Reminders:

IN CLASS: Time set aside for OMETS ... Read More

HOMEWORK: Begin Portfolio Assignment ... Read More

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Classwork and Reminders:

IN CLASS: Discuss Portfolio Assignment So Far (counts as a homework grade) ... Read More

HOMEWORK: Finish Portfolio Assignment ... Read More

16: Exam Week

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Classwork and Reminders:

REMINDER: Turn in Portfolio Assignment by Noon Today ... Read More