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.
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.