There has been a data renaissance going on at EPA for the past two years, and not all reporters have gotten the news that data-driven reporting has become a time-saver instead of a time-suck.
A video report on data visualization as a storytelling medium. Produced by Geoff McGhee during a Knight Journalism Fellowship. Total running time: 54 minutes; with related information and links.
If you spend a lot of time researching things on the Internet as part of your reporting, the online Data Science Toolkit, which is especially handy with geographic data, and a book by Pete Warden could make parts of your job a lot easier.