Data Journalism

Learn to find and use data to tell powerful stories

Data Journalism

This course strengthens your capacity to research online and effectively collect data and information that you can structure powerful stories in fresh and engaging ways. This hands-on course in data journalism will instill confidence in you to tranform your data stories into accesible and engaging stories your audience will appreciate.

Duration
This is a 3-week course.

Venue
This course takes place at the RNTC training centre and studios in Hilversum, which is 20 minutes by train from Amsterdam Central Station.

Costs
Course fee: 4655 Euro
All-in-fee: 6500 Euro (incl. accommodation, meals, etc)

Outcomes

  • Learning-by-doing: use new methods to find and analyse data to tell powerful stories.
  • By the end of the course, you will be able to build powerful, persuasive stories based on data.
  • You will have knowledge of data visualisation and verification.

Course dates

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 09:00 to Friday, February 16, 2018 - 14:00
Monday, June 18, 2018 - 09:00 to Friday, July 6, 2018 - 17:00

Testimonials

Why take this course

This course strengthens your capacity to research online and effectively collect data and informtion that you can structure powerful stories in fresh and engaging ways.
This hands-on course in data journalism will instill confidence in you to tranform your data stories into accesible and engaging stories your audience will appreciate.
 

Course outline

Week 1:

Producing compelling stories and formats to create persuasive alternative narratives. The first week includes several small group interactive sessions and workshops to ensure that you learn by doing. It includes:

Know your target audience module:

  • Where do ideas come from?
  • How to zero in on an audience
  • Mapping your target audience

Persuade your target audience module:

  • What is learning and why this is important to understanding audiences
  • How do people learn? Information, skills, and behaviours
  • The ingredients of persuasive aims

Storytelling for media professionals module:

  • Narrative journalism versus information journalism
  • The eight essential elements of story
  • Symbols and universal truths

Creative formats to engage audiences module:

  • How do we tell stories using media?
  • Ten engaging formats and what makes them unique

Week 2

In week 2 you delve into the world of data journalism:

- Introduction to Data Journalism
- Why should Journalists use Data?
- Getting Data: practical tools and resources
- Understanding Data: Basics of working with Data
- Delivering Data: Data Visualisation
- Data Verification  
 

Week 3

The third week is focused on the RNTC learning-by-doing approach. We will work with you to develop stories using data.




 

Dates and deadlines

Course dates:

  • 29 January 2018 - 16 February 2018
  • 18 June 2018 - 06 July 2018

Scholarship application dates:

  • 24 October 2017 at 1PM CET
Admission requirements

The course is for experienced broadcast, print, and/or online journalists and reporters who are keen to increase their knowledge of practical Data journalism methods and techniques to uncover and tell original stories that may change societies.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:
* You are currently working as a journalist and have a minimum of one year’s experience in or for a media organisation.
* You are able to provide the original proof (or a properly certified copy) of your most recent educational qualification in secondary or higher education.
* You have sufficient skills in spoken and written English as this is the working language for our courses.  
 

Certificate

After you have completed all the course sessions and assignments you will receive an RNTC certificate and join the ranks of our more than 3,000 RNTC alumni worldwide.

Scholarships

You may qualify for a scholarship for an RNTC course. The most commonly used scholarships for our courses are the KOP (formerly known as NFP) and MSP (MENA) scholarships.

KOP stands for 'Kennisontwikkelingsprogramma', MSP stands for 'MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Scholarship Programme'. KOP scholarships are available for 28 countries, MSP scholarships for 10 countries. For more information visit our scholarships page.