It’s hard to be equally good at all of the tasks that fall under data journalism. To make matters worse (or better, really), data journalists are discovering and applying new methods and tools all the time.
As a beginning data journalist, you’ll want to develop a sense of the tools others are using to do the work you admire. You won’t be able to learn them all at once, and you shouldn’t try. You should, however, develop a sort of ambient awareness of the tools in use (something like the knowledge Facebook gives you about the lives of your high-school classmates). Keep a list of tools to check out. Watch the demos and browse the documentation or code. Then, when your projects create the need, you’ll remember enough to get you started.
More immediately, though, choose one or two tools and make them part of your DNA. Pick a tool and wring from it everything you can. Read more