So you’re a DJ – digital journalist, that is – and because you’ll be spending the better part of your time with someone else’s data, compiled for purposes at some remove from your own, you’ll need to be able to remake the information blinking at you into something you can use. Spreadsheet Journalism tries to do two things – help bring you up to speed with some of Excel’s important capabilities, and point you at the story possibilities boxed inside the data.
A native New Yorker, Abbott Katz currently lives in London and bears a remarkable likeness to the photo secreted somewhere in this blog. He has taught and trained Excel in diverse settings on both sides of the Atlantic, and has authored two books on the application (Apress). He has in addition contributed variously-themed pieces to New York Newsday, the Times Higher Education, insidehighered.com and other publications, and has a doctorate in sociology from SUNY Stony Brook.