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MaryJo Webster

Data Editor Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Biography

MaryJo Webster is a data journalist at the Star Tribune, where she teams up with other reporters for some of the paper's biggest investigative projects, but also spends a lot of time teaching reporters how to incorporate data into their everyday reporting. Prior to joining the Star Tribune in 2015, MaryJo worked at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, USA Today, the Center for Public Integrity, Investigative Reporters & Editors, and small daily papers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota journalism school and routinely teaches and speaks at journalism conferences. She has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She lives in a suburb of Minneapolis with her husband and two children.

Content by MaryJo

Best practices
Learn to code like a journalist

Coding has become an essential skill for newsroom journalists. Yet, despite the demand for these skills, many of us are still hesitant to get started. This edition will help you to take your first steps with code.

Analysis Cleaning
Wrestling with dirty data

Data will often arrive on your doorstep with a problem -- or two, or three, or four. In the data journalism world, we call this ‘dirty data’. Usually it’s not bad enough to stop your great idea. But first you need to identify the problems.

Analysis Best practices
What is a ‘data state of mind’? And how you can develop it

With a 'data state of mind', you can start producing stories right away -- even if you barely know your way around a spreadsheet.