The course at a glance
This free 5-module online introductory course gives you the essential concepts, techniques and skills to effectively work with data and produce compelling data stories under tight deadlines.
Comprising of video lectures, tutorials, assignments, readings and discussion forums, this course is open to anyone in the world with an Internet connection who wants to tell stories with data.
This course benefitted from the input and guidance of:
- Justin Arenstein African Media Initiative
- Josh Hatch The Chronicle of Higher Education
- Scott Klein ProPublica
- Angélica Peralta Ramos La Nacion, Argentina
- Aron Pilhofer The New York Times
- Guido Romeo Wired Italy
- Sascha Venohr Zeit Online
Data journalism in the newsroom
This module is an introduction to data journalism. It shows what data journalism is, how it works on a busy news desk and what skills you need to know to practise it.
Instructor: Simon Rogers, Data Editor, Twitter and former editor of the Guardian’s award-winning Datablog.
Finding data to support stories
This module deals with the range of skills that journalists use to obtain data. This includes setting up alerts to regular sources of information, simple search engine techniques that can save hours of time and using laws in your own and other countries.
Instructor: Paul Bradshaw, Head of the Online Journalism MA at Birmingham City University, and Visiting Professor at City University’s School of Journalism in London.
Understanding your data I: Finding story ideas with data analysis
This module focuses on using spreadsheets and basic statistics to find patterns in data that will reveal story ideas and add evidence to the resulting stories.
Instructor: Steve Doig, Knight Chair in Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication of Arizona State University, and Pulitzer Prize winner.
Understanding your data II: Dealing with messy data
This module addresses messy data - data that needs to be organised before it can be used. It covers the so-called ‘cleaning’ process, at the end of which the dataset can be analysed using techniques from Module 3.
Instructor: Nicolas Kayser-Bril, Co-founder and Head at data journalism startup Journalism++.
Telling stories with visualisation
This module deals with how to transform data into stories, infographics and interactive visualizations: the best practices and the principles of graphic design that a journalist needs to know.
Instructor: Alberto Cairo, Professor of the Professional Practice at the University of Miami, and author of The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization.