Quebec’s Voter Problem Timeline

Check out my timeline of the Quebec Election’s student problem HERE

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“Excel”sior!

Microsoft Excel has been around for ages, and though most people associate it with accounting and business, it can also be used as a great tool for journalists. Excel allows journalists to sort through tons of data and find relevant information quickly. There are many “data journalists” who’s jobs are to sort through data and produce news stories.

Yay! What Fun!

Yay! What Fun!

Excel can be used for basic functions such as sorting data or adding figures. It can track city budgets, tally crime rates and calculate finances. Spreadsheets can double-check statistics given by others and if you get the raw data (the freedom of information act gives you a right to most government data) you can perform the calculations yourself.

Though the amount of data and numbers can often seem daunting, Excel allows for an quick, easy

Numbers and data don't have to be disgusting

Numbers and data don’t have to be disgusting

way to manage the data and possible find a great news story.

For example, let’s say a politician declares that the average income of his governing area is $100,000. That sounds pretty good, but then you check the data. Using excel, you find that the most peoples incomes are pretty low and that a few people are making absurd amounts of money, thereby skewing the average. That’s a good story.

As you learn to use Excel you can discover the many complex capabilities the program has to offer. Who knows, it might all lead to a new scoop!

Intro To Photoshop

Photoshop is  an important tool for all digital photographers and photojournalists. It can sharpen pictures, giving every photo an overall sense of professionalism, even if, originally, the lighting wasn’t perfect, or the photo was crooked. Photoshop, if used responsibly, i.e. not modifying the  content of the photos, is an essential device for any modern journalist.

Here are some examples of what can be done with photoshop:

Before:

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This photo was just a tad dark, so I adjusted the contrast and brightness.

After:

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Had to crop this photo to get rid of that ugly garbage can.

After:

New Crop

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I cropped these photos and enhanced the brightness, contrast and vibrance.

After:

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I cropped these photos of my favourite urban creatures and stitched them together.

After:

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