Managing Newsroom Data with PANDA: A Digital Tools Tutorial

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Course Overview

Managing Newsroom Data with PANDA: A Digital Tools Tutorial
This $29.95 Webinar is free thanks to the support of the American Press Institute and Knight Foundation.
Originally Broadcast On:
October 10, 2013
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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Data is everywhere, but does it inform your reporting? When news breaks, you can have the data at your fingertips. PANDA is a newsroom data solution. Built from the ground up with the needs of newsrooms in mind, PANDA can make your newsroom smarter, faster and more responsive. Configured smartly, it can email you when important data becomes available.

We will discuss the essentials of implementing PANDA, from the basics of importing data, to the kinds of stories PANDA can help you report, to setting up screen scrapers to inform you when there’s information you should be reporting on.

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This training event is part of a series on digital tools in partnership with the American Press Institute and The Poynter Institute, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

See more tools in the Digital Tools Catalog.

What Will I Learn:
  • What you need to set up PANDA
  • How to upload a data set
  • How to search
  • How to do fancy searches
  • How to subscribe to changes
  • And the many ways your news organization can use PANDA for reporting
Who Should Take this Course:

Anyone who uses primary-source documents in their reporting and newsrooms that want to keep this data available for all its reporters.

Course Instructor:

Brian Boyer

Brian Boyer is News Applications Editor at NPR and PANDA project manager. PANDA came to be when his team at Chicago Tribune realized they needed a faster and more clever way to manage newsroom data.


Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote community engagement and lead to transformational change.

Training Partner:

American Press Institute

The American Press Institute advances an innovative and sustainable news industry by helping publishers understand and engage audiences, grow revenue, improve public-service journalism, and succeed at organizational change.

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