One example of these interesting datasets is the Cross-National Time-Series Data Archive. This resource was started in 1968, and some of its data goes back to 1815. Of primary interest is that this dataset records occurrences of domestic conflict events (defined as: General Strikes, Purges, Government Crises, Riots, Assassinations, Anti-Government Demonstrations, Guerilla Warfare, and Revolutions) for many countries, going back to 1919. This dataset has released a new feature beginning with the 2011 data, in which each of these listed events is also linked to a relevant New York Times story. You can find frequencies for the events in the main file <CNTSDATA.xls>, and the links to related NYT stories in another file <2012 Edition LINKS.xls or 2013 Edition LINKS.xls>.
We are excited to announce the 2nd annual Data Visualization Contest for the Journalism Library! Submit your data visualizations to email@example.com by 5pm on Monday, May 5th to be included. (Only CU Journalism students are eligible for this contest.)
The winning entry will be printed as a poster and displayed with your name (and the project URL, where applicable) in the Journalism Library. The winner will also receive a $25 Starbucks giftcard, have your project showcased on the Libraries’ Digital Center Projects webpage, and the opportunity to archive your work in Columbia University Libraries’ Academic Commons. This is not only a chance to get your work reviewed by a panel of faculty and library experts; it’s also an opportunity for greater exposure for your work. Last year’s winner, Jefferson Mok, went on to have his project picked up by CNN!
Submissions must use publicly available data. (“Data” is broadly defined and can include video, audio, photo.)
Submissions must be received no later than 5pm on May 5th.
You may use previously submitted class work!
Submissions may be in any file format, including URLs and other dynamic/interactive digital projects (a static image or screenshot will be required for the poster in the J-Library).
Please do not use your name in the filename. Instead, in your submission email include the following: your full name, graduation year, a title for your creation, and the data source(s) used.
All submissions will be judged based on accurate use of data and originality in aesthetic presentation; panel of judges includes Journalism Librarian, Starr Hoffman; Data Services Coordinator, Ashley Jester; and J-School Professor, Susan McGregor.
The winner will be announced at the J-School Innovation Showcase before graduation. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We look forward to your submissions; good luck!
Over the winter break, no doubt most of you will be hard at work on the first draft of your master’s projects and theses! Here are some ways to get help before your draft is due, along with some helpful resources and strategies for getting that draft done.
How to Write a Lot by Paul Silvia; this book is geared toward academic writing, but it’s suitable for all kinds of writing, and how to make a habit of it. Best of all, this book is super-short at just 149 pages!
This Gradhacker article has a lot of great tips, primarily geared toward getting yourself in the right mental space to get the work done. The main take-aways:
You are not alone—all your classmates (and those before you) have faced feelings of anxiety, failure, and inability related to this project. You may feel like you’re the only one struggling, but all of us who have trudged the halls of graduate school have faced similar feelings. Reach out for the support of your classmates—they probably need to vent their frustration, too.
Work in small increments, like half an hour. Even a little progress is something. Facing the seemingly insurmountable goal of writing your entire project can seem daunting, but you get it done by just breaking it down into tiny pieces.
Don’t strive for perfection, strive for DONE.
This blog post on outlining shows a great way to break your project up into chunks. Outlines are key to breaking your project into small, digestable pieces, and for keeping you on track.
A focus statement can be helpful: write a one- or two-sentence summary of your project. Write or print it on a notecard or small piece of paper, and keep it in front of you while you work. Look up at it every once in a while, and use it to keep yourself on track. Often, while working on a story or research, your mind will take off on wild tangents—having your focus statement in front of you can help you maximize your time by keeping you focused.
To find specific titles or authors, use our Master's Projects and Theses Index. Unfortunately, there is currently no subject access or keyword search for this collection. The print MS projects and MA theses cannot be checked out, but they can be read in the library. The most recent five years of broadcast Master's projects and theses are available for loan from the Journalism Library Reserves Collection and circulate for 2 days. Projects from earlier years may be requested at the Lehman Library Reserves Desk. To request a radio or television project, you must know the author's name and their year of graduation, available through the index.