Data Driven Journalism – Telling a Story with Data

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If you browse through the posts in this blog, you’ll see that there are several that are related to “telling a story”, “using pictures to present data”, and similar:

The Power of Comic Boooks Ridiculous Infographics - Have they gone too far? Infographics – some examples of REALLY good ones (maybe) “Infographic Thinking” – information + graphics ≠ infographics


Data Driven Journalism

Because I want to be able to present data graphically, in a proper way, I have started an online course titled: “Doing Journalism With Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools“.

Data Driven Journalism

It’s a 5-module online (MOOC) introductory course  that “gives you the essential concepts, techniques, and skills to effectively work with data and produce compelling data stories under tight deadlines.

Awfully exciting stuff! It’s actually being taught by 5 tutors (one for each module) from Britain, America, and France. Here are the five modules:

  • 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

You can read more about the course here.

I’ve just started module 1, and I’m keen to work my way through the rest of the modules.

At the end, I’ll give an idea what I thought of the course along with any real gems that I got out of it.



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