Data Journalism

Data Journalism

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Data Journalism

Finding and using data to tell powerful stories
2019-11-04

The role media can play as a watchdog is indispensable for democracy. That’s why RNTC is passionate about strengthening the capacity building of investigative and Data Journalism throughout the world. Credible Data stories are increasingly pivotal to public confirmation of the continuing importance of professional journalistic work in the coming years. 

This Data Journalism course explores the ever-growing set of tools, techniques, and approaches to storytelling using data. These days, basic journalism skills just don’t cut it. During this course you will learn how to research, understand and visualize digital sources, to take your journalism to the next level. 

Data Journalism is another way journalists and civil society actors can scrutinise the world and hold the powers that be to account. We live in an age of information and there is an increasing amount of data available. Now, more than ever, it is vital that journalists are proficient in data journalism techniques. The course will show you how to:

  • Access public data sets
  • Scrutinise and unpack data
  • Transform data into powerful story

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.

“Data and Investigative Journalism refers to the discovery and unveiling of information that is concealed either deliberately by someone in a position of power, or accidentally - behind a chaotic mass of facts and circumstances - and the analysis and exposure of all relevant facts to the public.”

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Course details

Duration
This is a 3-week course.

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

Costs 
Academic Year: 2019 - 2020
Course fee: 4655.00 Euro
All-in-fee: 6500.00 Euro

 

Outcomes 

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 OpenRefine and with functions in R
  • Analyse ('interview') data in Excel and with R
  • Do a descriptive and relational statistical analysis of data
  • Show the results of data analysis in attractive graphics and on a map
  • Manage and/or teach a data project team 

 

Trainers

  • Luuk Sengers
  • Crina Boros
  • Jonathan Stoneman
  • Winny De Jong

 

For more information contact [email protected]

 

[1] http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/freedom-of-expression/investigative-journalism/

Data Journalism

RNTC provides journalists with training in guiding principles on how to best exercise their profession. RNTCs Investigative and Data Journalism faculty are the authors of the UNESCO Story-Based Inquiry: A Manual for Investigative Journalists. The methodology has been adopted by many journalism programmes in the Arab States, Asia, the United States of America and the Russian Federation.

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, empowering them to uncover and tell original, impactful stories for social change.

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After you have completed all the course sessions and assignments, you will receive an RNTC certificate and join the ranks of more than 6000 RNTC alumni worldwide.

  • You can practice on a story of your own that you can finish and publish after the course
  • Our trainers are practicing investigative data journalists, as well as experienced and highly skilled educators
  • The skills relate closely to what you as a journalist do every day (gather, ask, check, tell) making the learning process seamless. You’ll find that it comes to you quite naturally - even if you need to learn some programming or unfamiliar computer software tools
  • This is still one of the few courses where you learn to work with the statistical data analysis program R. which is platform-independent, available as freeware and very versatile. It has recently become one of the favourite tools of data journalists around the world
  • You will discover the benefits quickly: more sources, more precision, more impact
  • This is a very hands-on course; you learn by doing
  • You will also learn how to teach the basics of data journalism to your colleagues

WEEK 1:

Producing compelling stories and formats to create persuasive alternative narratives. The first week includes several small group interactive sessions and workshops, giving you practical, hands-on experience. 

Module 1: Know your target audience

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

Module 2: Persuade your target audience 

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

Module 3: Storytelling for media professionals 

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

Module 4: Creative formats to engage audiences 

  • How do we tell stories using media?
  • Ten engaging formats and what makes them unique
  • Creating a viable and practical research plan (Story-Based Inquiry)
  • Personal safety and computer security

 

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 R
  • Scrape data from websites
  • Clean data with OpenRefine and with functions in R
  • Do a descriptive and a relational statistical analysis of data in Excel and R
  • Show the results of data analysis in attractive graphics and on a map
  • Manage a data project (team) with programmers and designers
  • Data verification

WEEK 3:

Now it’s time to put the pedal to the metal and get hands-on. The third week is focused on the RNTC learning-by-doing approach: we will work with you to develop stories using data.

Course dates: 4 November - 22 November 2019 
OKP & MSP scholarship application window: 7 February - 14 March 2019

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, empowering them to uncover and tell original, impactful stories for social change.

  • You are currently working as a journalist and have a minimum of three years' experience working with a media organisation
  • You can 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 6000 RNTC alumni worldwide.

You may qualify for a scholarship for an RNTC course. The most commonly awarded scholarships for our courses are the OKP and MSP (MENA) scholarships. OKP fellowships are available to 52 countries and MSP scholarships, to 10 countries. For more information, please visit our Scholarships page.

Everywhere you want

Whether you are a journalist, a blogger or a media manager, we have the courses to fit your needs. RNTC offers courses in Hilversum, the Netherlands, and in-house courses around the world.

Tailor Made

We also provide tailor-made training for media organisations and non-governmental organisations. RNTC prides itself on being innovative in but subject matter and method of delivery.

50+ years, 6000+ students

RNTC was set up in 1968 as a joint initiative of RNW Media (formerly Radio Netherlands Worldwide) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Over the past 50 years, RNTC has gained invaluable expertise in delivering courses to media professionals around the world.

Are you ready to take your career to the next level?