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The Meteor: Data for Journalists Workshop

A beginner’s guide to some of the data about our communities, how to access it, and how to use it to help tell stories.

There is a wealth of data that is created for and about the communities in which we live. It’s collected and used in order to focus resource, inform policy and ultimately make decisions that affect our very lives.

Although much of this data is available publicly it is often hard to locate, with the tools and understanding needed to interpret it unduly difficult.

Consisting of a mixture of presentation and practical exercises, this workshop organised by The Meteor and delivered by Open Data Manchester aims to demystify the world of data, highlight what information is and isn’t available, and give some useful tips and guidelines for interpreting and telling stories with it.

We recommend bringing an internet-enabled laptop or tablet if you have one. This workshop doesn’t use Excel, and there’s no need to download or install any software – everything we’ll be looking at is freely available on the internet.

Book your ticket (£5) via Eventbrite

We are asking for a small charge of £5 to sign up for this workshop to partially cover the costs of running it. We will return that money at the workshop to anyone who has signed up as a member of The Meteor media co-op. You can become a member of the co-op for as little as £1/month and help us democratise the media in Manchester.

You can sign up to become a member of The Meteor media co-op here.

If you cannot afford to pay the charge for the workshop, please let us know as we can offer a limited number of places free , email:

Refreshments will be provided at this event.

To find out more about The Meteor check out our website


Event Details

Location Methodist Central Hall
Start Thursday 27 Feb 2020 6:45pm
Finish Thursday 27 Feb 2020 8:45pm

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