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Powerful Data Journalism with A Digital Tools Tutorial

About This Course

Five minutes of Internet browsing can turn up more information than all of the world's libraries combined. Some of this information is available in accessible data formats, but most is not.

With the free app, you can turn any website into a table of data in a matter of minutes—even if you have no coding knowledge. This tutorial will show you how to create datasets that may help you break the next big story.

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 at Poynter's home for digital tools: Try This! — Tools for Journalism.


  • Turn any website into a table of data which can then be downloaded as a CSV file to be analyzed
  • Turn any website into and API in a matter of minutes and retrieve fresh data at the click of a button
  • View live data from multiple websites at once
  • Integrate data into cool data visualization programs

Who Should Take this Course:

Data journalists, developers, data analysts and anyone else interested in using large data sets into their reporting.

Course Staff

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Andrew Fogg

Andrew Fogg is co-founder and chief data officer at London-based tech startup import•io. A scientist by training, Andrew has worked with data his entire career in both business and academia for organizations including Microsoft Research, Barclays Capital, Cambridge University and the Wellcome Trust. Andrew founded the Technology Innovation group at RBS along with fellow co-founder David White; and they have worked together ever since. After leaving RBS Andrew and David co-founded their first startup, Kusiri, with programming guru Matt Painter. After the success of Kusiri, the three founded import•io in order to make the technology behind Kusiri available to a wider audience.