Course: Doing journalism with data: First steps, skills and tools

  • Tutorial
  • Free

A multi-part course teaching the basics of data journalism. Instructors: Paul Bradshaw, Alberto Cairo, Steve Doig, Simon Rogers, and Nicolas Kayser-Bril.

‘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.

The 5 modules are:

  • Module 1 – Data journalism in the newsroom
  • Module 2 – Finding data to support stories
  • Module 3 – Finding story ideas with data analysis
  • Module 4 – Dealing with messy data
  • Module 5 – Telling stories with visualisation

Every module is divided into 4 sections. Every section contains one video of approximately 15 minutes. We estimate that the average time a student has to spend on a module (or 1 week), is about 4-5 hours.

Our recommendation is to complete one module per week. Not faster, in order to let the learned material sink in, and not slower in order to stay on top of things. You are free however, to complete the course at your own pace. Meaning that if you feel you comprehend a module, and you have enough time, you are free to advance to the next one. Alternatively, if you don’t have enough time one week, you are free to postpone it, and catch up later’.