Please read this previous blog post which runs through some quick things journalists who don’t code can do with ScraperWiki.
It is a step-by-step guide so please give it a go and don’t just try and follow the answers as you’ll learn more from rummaging around out site. Also check out the introductory video at the start of the tutorial if you’re not familiar with ScraperWiki.
Here’s the twitter scraper and datastore download. This is the first part of the tutorial where you fork (make a copy of) a basic Twitter scraper, run it for your chosen query, download the data and schedule it to run at a frequency to allow the data to be refreshed and accumulated:
The next one is a SQL Query View which looks at the data with a journalistic eye in ScraperWiki. This is the second part of the tutorial where you look into a datastore using the SQL language and find out which are the top 10 publications receiving complaints from the Press Complaints Commission and also who are the top 10 making the complaints:
And last we show you how to get a live league table view that updates with a scraper. This is the final part of the tutorial where you make a live league table of the above query that refreshes when the original scraper updates:
This is just the beginning as it’s no longer the message as the medium but the tools.