Collecting, processing and analysing data for journalistic purposes


Data Journalism

7.5 hp

The course focuses on working methods and forms of expression in data journalism. It consists of lectures, seminars and practical assignments on work processes - from data collection to publication, with visual and ethical considerations. The course concludes with a data journalism project in small groups, based on the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Work with journalism with a curious, investigative and critical approach Studying Journalism at Södertörn University provides you with theoretical knowledge and practical skills that will benefit you in your working life. You will gain broad competence in both traditional and digital media, as well as the knowledge to conduct thorough research that you can then convey through various media. Studying Journalism provides you with the opportunity to express your creativity, while balancing this with a critical approach and theoretical reasoning about the role of the media in society, both now and in the future. You can then work in all forms of journalistic activities, both freelance or in employment, at various types of companies and organisations that work with media and communication. Examples of workplaces for former students are newspapers, Greenpeace, radio and television companies. During your studies you will have acquired wide-ranging knowledge of society, as well as a curious, investigative and critical approach to your surroundings. You will meet people at all levels of society and gain experience of different societal areas. You can also choose to combine Journalism with another subject, such as the Study of Religions, Ethnology or Political Sciences, so acquiring cutting-edge expertise. Read about research in this subject
Practical applications and their legal and ethical perspectives During the course you will learn methods and forms of expression in data journalism, and to identify basic database structures and methods in statistical analysis. This is done by searching for, collecting, verifying and processing data from public authorities and other sources. You will create and manage spreadsheets and databases using software that allows you to analyse data from a journalistic perspective (Excel, SQL) and to produce effective visualizations. In addition to practical training, you will examine and discuss the technical, legal and ethical perspectives of data journalism, and how to take a critical approach to sources for different types of data and consider the ethics of data publishing. Course design The course is conducted on-campus full time during five weeks with about 15 hours of teacher-led lecturers, workshops and seminars per week, partly together with students in our bachelor programme. The course is a freestanding course during the second period of the spring semester and could be combined with the course Digital Research and Fact-Checking as well as courses in Media, Culture and Society for an entire exchange semester. Examination takes place in the form of participation in seminars and workshops, written and practical assignments, and a final group assignment in the form of a practical data journalism project to be presented at the end of the course. Students are expected to engage in peer discussions and provide constructive comments to each other.
Theory and practice that are vital for democracy Journalism is an interdisciplinary subject with a focus on media and communication. Practice and theory are intertwined in the subject. The practical elements include writing, photography, film, radio and web production. The theoretical elements comprise studies of the media’s role in society, media ethics, research and in-depth studies of society. Both the subject of Journalism and the profession have strong links to numerous current societal issues and are important to our democracy. During your studies, you will learn to cover trials, discuss ethics, conduct research into current societal issues, foreign coverage, write reports, make radio programmes and much more besides. You can also express your linguistic and investigative creativity and, along with a critical approach and theoretical reasoning about the media’s role in society, you create a good balance and broad basis for future work. Studying Journalism suits you if you have a social conscience, want to reflect critically on society and to work with either traditional or digital media. Cooperation between Journalism and Media Technology at Södertörn University brings together studies of digital tools and journalistic practice.