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Managing Newsroom Data with PANDA: A Digital Tools Tutorial

About This Course

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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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.


The Knight Foundation

The 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

American Press Institute

The American Press Institute conducts research and training, convenes thought leaders and creates tools to help chart a path for journalism in the 21st century. The organization was founded in 1946 with the mission to help the news industry fulfill the purpose of the First Amendment, sustaining a free press in the public interest. That mission continues today.

This $30 course is free thanks to the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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