Data Journalism

Learn to find and use data to tell powerful stories

Data Journalism

This course strengthens your capacity to collect, analyse and present data in fresh, powerful and engaging stories. You will learn all the skills needed to 'read' data with great confidence, in order to expose wrongdoing and to hold the powerful accountable. 


This is a 3-week course.

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

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


​You will be able to -

  • Find data to support (investigative) stories
  • Discover stories in existing data sets
  • Turn data from any style into a computer-ready format
  • Scrape data from websites
  • Clean data with functions in Excel
  • Analyse ('interview') data in Excel and in relational databases with SQL
  • Do a descriptive and relational statistical analysis of data
  • Show the results of a data analysis in attractive graphics and on a map
  • Manage a data project (team) with programmers and designers

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Course dates

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 09:00 to Friday, February 16, 2018 - 14:00


Why take this course


  • You can practice on a story of your own that you can finish and publish after the course;
  • The trainers are experienced and highly skilled educators, as well as practicing investigative journalists;
  • The skills relate closely to what you as a journalist do every day (gather, ask, check, tell) and therefore feels 'natural' - even if you need to learn some programming or unfamiliar computer software tools;
  • You will discover the benefits quickly: more sources, more precision, more impact.
  • This is a very hands-on course; you learn by doing.



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?
  • Find data to support (investigative stories)
  • Discover stories in existing data sets
  • Find data on the internet and in online resources
  • Turn data from any style into a computer ready format, either in Excel or a relational database manager
  • Scrape data from websites
  • Clean data with functions in Excel
  • Do a descriptive and a relational statistical analysis of data
  • Show the results of a data analysis in attractive graphics and on a map
  • Manage a data project (team) with programmers and designers
  • 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

Scholarship application dates:

  • None currently available
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.  

After you have completed all the course sessions and assignments, you will receive an RNTC certificate and join the ranks of our more than 4,000 RNTC alumni worldwide.


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

OKP stands for 'Orange Knowledge Programme and MSP stands for 'MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Scholarship Programme'.

OKP scholarships are available for 28 countries, MSP scholarships for 10 countries. For more information visit our scholarships page.