In today’s journalism environment, data is abundant, but journalists skilled at collecting, interpreting and maximizing it are not as plentiful. These are real skills that can improve your reporting today and improve your job prospects in the future.
If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to do your journalism job better (which probably should just be a standing resolution anyway), here’s a great free way reporters, editors and designers can improve their data journalism skills.
From European Journalism Centre, the people who brought us the Data Journalism Handbook, comes this five-week online course starting early in 2014: “Doing Journalism With Data: First Steps and Skills“
Among the topics to be covered by some industry experts:
- Data journalism in the newsroom — Intro to data journalism, how it works in a newsroom and what skills you need to know.
- Finding data to support stories — How to obtain data, including techniques/laws that can save time.
- Understanding your data — Finding story ideas with data analysis.
- Understanding your data — Dealing with messy data.
- Telling stories with visualization — How to transform data into stories, infographics and interactive visualizations.
There’s no specific start date set, beyond early 2014. But you can sign up now and then take the course at your own pace after the holidays.
Plus, it’s free!