Five data scraping tools for would-be data journalistsPOSTED BY SHELLY TAN NO COMMENTSThis past Fall, I spent time with the NPR News Apps team now known as NPR Visuals coding up some projects, working mainly as a visual/interaction designer. But in the last few months, I’ve been working on a project that involves scraping newspaper articles and Twitter APIs for data.I was a relative beginner with Python — I’d pair coded a bit with others and made some basic programs, but nothing too complicated. I knew I needed to develop a more in-depth knowledge of web scraping and data parsing skills and of course took to the web to help. Along the way, I found a few tools that were exceptionally useful for expanding my knowledge. So if you too are just starting out with scraping, here are five of the most useful tools I’ve encountered while learning and working on my project.