U.S. Census Workshops for Journalists

Thursday, May 13 and Friday, May 14 at 2:00 p.m.

Join COLab for two free workshops for journalists led by Kimberly Davis from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Open to journalists in newsrooms and freelancers.

Attendance at both sessions is strongly encouraged but not required.

Session #1 (May 13): DATA ON A DEADLINE — CENSUS OVERVIEW (a.k.a. What you didn’t know you didn’t know about the census database)
Data on a Deadline is a workshop for journalists, designed to give reporters an overview of the power of census data. Reporters will learn about the American Community Survey, the three Censuses, County Business Patterns, and many other sources of data. You will also learn how to navigate tools such as Quick Facts, Facts for Features, Narrative Profiles, Census Business Builder – Regional Analyst Edition and the Census COVID Hub. Topics include how to access and use demographic, socioeconomic, housing, and business data to generate and enhance your stories.

Your Community by the Numbers is workshop designed to understand what makes up a community and the various geographic levels to explore data. Participants will learn about data releases, how to compare and understand researching data, how to use data.census.gov to access the most current and relevant demographic, socioeconomic, and housing statistics about your community from the American Community Survey (ACS). During this training, you will learn about the ACS and other Census Bureau programs, geographies, and datasets available. You will also learn how to use the search and navigation features in data.census.gov as well as how to download tables and create thematic maps.

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