Mining data from social media platforms

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 19:00

This month we’ll be learning to mine data from Twitter and Facebook. The rise of fake news, online abuse and the use of social media by terrorist networks have made it a key source of data for news stories.

We will be following a tutorial written for the NICAR journalism conference by Lan Thuy Vo of Buzzfeed News, learning to install and run pre-written python scripts to pull user and content data for analysis and adapt them for our own purposes. 

Bring a laptop along as in typical Journocoders style this will be a practical, hands-on workshop. No programming experience is required but please ensure you have Python installed on your machine. Windows users should install Cygwin ahead of the event. If you don’t know what that means, don’t worry, we will help you on the day.

Be sure to sign up to Dropbox to view our shared doc and add links to anything data journalism-related you've seen or built yourself for the show & tell section!


7:00 Doors open 

7:30 Show & tell 

7:40 Tutorial 

9:00 The pub!

The News Building

1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF