New Walkley training – including Introduction to Data Visualisation with Lisa Williams (US)

The Walkley Foundation offers some exciting training opportunities in August and September 2014. Lisa Williams from the US will lead a two-day course on data visualisation on August 16-17, and on September 13-14 we will host a digital media skills bootcamp. Read on to see how you could grow your digital reporting skills in the coming months.


Introduction to Data Visualisation: Time, Space, Deception, Competition

  • Saturday August 16 – Sunday August 17, 2014
  • MEAA training room, 245 Chalmers St, Redfern, Sydney

A 2-day course with Lisa Williams (Investigative News Network, USA). Lisa will provide highly illustrated tutorials and “recipes”, leading a practical guide to visualising time and space, and guiding participants to present information in different ways with open source tools.

This course is appropriate for those with no knowledge of programming. Lisa says “The tools are powerful enough now that you don’t need to be an expert to build something.”

Participants will need to bring their own laptop, and download open source software including Timeline.js, TileMill.

About the trainer

Lisa Williams

Lisa Williams is the Director of Digital Engagement for the Investigative News Network in the US. INN is a network of 100+ independent news organisations dedicated to the public good. Describing herself as a “fairy godmother for investigative journalists”, at INN she helps news organisations connect with the things they need to do their work, whether that’s funders, technology or audience.

Through her Data For Radicals project, Lisa is developing online courseware and doing lots of speaking on beginner resources in data visualisation and programming, particularly for people with a mission. “At this point, it’s completely practical for someone with a day job to pick up skills to use data visualization to do what they do better in a way that wasn’t possible even a few years ago,” Lisa says.

She is also CEO and founder of, the world’s largest searchable index of local weblogs. Placeblogger was a winner of the Knight 21st Century News Challenge, which gives out $5 million dollars annually to innovators with projects that aim to define the future of journalism. Lisa is also a fellow at the MIT Media Lab’s Center for Future Civic Media, which focuses on meeting the information needs of humanity over the next 100 years.

Prior to founding Placeblogger, Lisa founded H2Otown, an online community and news site by and for the residents of her hometown of Watertown, Massachusetts. H2Otown became a nationally recognized model for citizen journalism.

Lisa has also worked with the Boston Globe, the Center for Citizen Media, and countless startups and media organizations.

| Lisa’s Twitter | Lisa’s blog | Lisa’s TEDx Talk: “Do I really need to learn how to program?” | Lisa’s Tumblr |

Course Detail – Data Visualisation

Register for the course on EventBrite here

For enquiries, contact Clare Fletcher on 02 9333 0925 or


Digital Media Boot Camp

  • Saturday September 13 – Sunday September 14, 2014
  • 9.30am – 5.00pm
  • MEAA Conference Room, 245 Chalmers St, Redfern, Sydney

Do you think web scraping is about getting rid of those spiders under the eaves? Or that datawrapper is something you find stuck to the back seat of the car? Welcome to the world of digital media, and the amazing tools available to turbo-charge your journalism and open up new career directions, all while making your working life easier.

Digital Media Boot Camp in Sydney on September 13 and 14 will provide a high level overview of the web tools and apps being used right now in digital newsrooms and by adventurous multimedia journalists.

Learn about the digital tools available for purposes including:

  • Social media news gathering, management, verification and analytics
  • Web scraping, data cleaning, data conversion and data analysis
  • Graphs, charts, maps and timelines
  • Multimedia reporting and production

For enquiries, email

Click here to read more and register.