Essential data journalism skills: A conversation with three data journalists

I had an informative Twitter conversation with three data journalists about the skills needed for a journalism graduate to land a data reporting job, how J-Schools can teach data skills, and how to learn those skills.

The three journalists are Cheryl Phillips (@cephillips), data enterprise editor at The Seattle Times; Stephen Stirling (@SStirling), data reporter for the Star-Ledger in New Jersey; and Derek Willis (@derekwillis), interactive news developer at New York Times. My Twitter handle is Digital Journalism (@mututemple).

To facilitate reading, I selected relevant tweets in the conversation and edited them into three sections: data skills for a data journalist, how to teach data skills, how to learn data skills.

Part 1: Data skills for a data journalist


Part 2: How to teach data skills


Part 3: How to learn data skills

About Mu Lin

Dr. Mu Lin is a digital journalism professional and educator in New Jersey, United States. Dr. Lin manages an online marketing company. He also manages MulinBlog Online J-School (, a free online journalism training program, which offers courses such as Audio Slideshow Storytelling; Introduction to Social Media Marketing; Writing for the Web; Google Mapping for Communicators; Introduction to Data Visualization; Introduction to Web Metrics and Google Analytics.
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