• Course Code:  JN13

  • Term:  Self paced

  • Open for Enrollment

  • Self-paced

  • Course Author(s)
    Jonathan Stoneman
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Data journalism: Take your first steps

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Welcome to the course.  Data journalism is talked about a lot these days, by the public and by journalists themselves. It is not new, it’s just that governments and others are publishing data more than ever, and modern computers are capable of helping us to handle the data and make sense of it.

Data is everywhere – we generate data all the time, by living and dying, buying houses, using cars, moving around etc. Governments and other organisations publish data all the time, which is available for us to explore and analyse. Data, and the patterns we can find in it, often leads to stories or ideas for stories.

You just need to learn how to find useful data, how to analyse it, and how to tell stories with it.

This course – first steps in Data Journalism, is divided into six chapters:

1. Introduction
2. What is data journalism?
3. How to “interview” data
4. Visualisations
5. Where and How to get data
6. How to get help and extend your data skills

By the end of the first four chapters, you will know what data journalism is, what it can do for you, where to find the data you need, how to analyse it and how to build a simple graphic to show the patterns in the data.

In the fifth chapter we will set you a challenge to work with some real data – and you will then be able to go on and find the data relevant to your own country.

There is a sixth chapter which explains where to get help and training online, as you go further with data.

In each section, you will be presented with practical exercises based on the concepts discussed.




 Main Trainer: Jonathan Stoneman

Hi, I'm Jonathan Stoneman. I have been specialising in data and data journalism since 2011. I was a BBC journalist, producer, editor and manager for 20 years, culminating in a term as Head of Training at BBC World Service. My love of training began in those days and I enjoy nothing more than showing journalists how to find stories in spreadsheets and databases. In my career, I have worked mainly in Europe, including stints in Warsaw and Budapest, as well as running the BBC's office in Zagreb.


Other Experts

Amr Eleraqi is a data journalist and the author of the Data Journalism Handbook for Covering Human Rights Issues.  Amr founded the website infotimes.org which publishes stories built on data, and he also leads the Arab Data Journalists’ Network.


Megan Lucero is Editor at Bureau Local, part of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and formerly editor of datajournalism at The Times and The Sunday Times in London.  The Bureau Local is a collaborative, investigative network revealing stories that matter to communities across the UK. Launched in March 2017, it is now a network across the UK whose members include regional and national news outlets, local reporters, hyperlocal bloggers, technologists, community-minded citizens and specialist contributors.


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