Goodbye Excel, Hello Pandas

Goodbye Excel, Hello Pandas

In connection with the 2018 NODA conference in Stockholm, we will be giving a crash course in using Python + Pandas for data journalism.

In the last two years we at J++ have almost completely left our old buddy Excel in favor of code-based data analysis in Python and Pandas. With this workshop we will try to convince you to do the same.

We will introduce Python programming for journalists by showing how to perform regular Excel tasks in code:

  • Open data from different sources (csv files, Google spreadsheets etc).
  • Filter and sort a dataset to get overview.
  • Basic data analysis, visualization and story finding.

We will also discuss work flows, best practices and why you should say goodbye to Excel.

For whom?

The workshop is targeted at fairly experienced data journalists, but you don't necessarily need any prior programming experience. Developers that want to get an introduction to Pandas might also find the workshop useful.


The workshop takes place at March 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Södertörn university, Stockholm, and costs 2,000 SEK + VAT. There is a limit at 20 participants, first come, first serve. After March 1 the registration is binding.

  • Sign up here, for the NODA conference. When signing up, you will have the option to register for the Python workshop.