Weekly study3 hours
Data Literacy for Journalists
Understand the role and importance of data for journalism
With a world increasingly driven by data, knowledge of data and skills to handle data have become increasingly important for journalists.
This six-week course from the University of Sheffield and Reach PLC will empower you with the skills to understand, use, and report data accurately and ethically.
After completing this course, you will improve your data literacy and have the foundational knowledge and skills to use data for journalism.
Learn how to use FOI techniques for data collection
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act is an important tool for journalists that allows access to and publishing of information held by public authorities.
You’ll learn to use FOI to access and collate information and improve your data collection skills to create comprehensive datasets.
Discover how to clean data, perform data analysis and present data
While data is powerful, it is not valuable in its raw form. As a data journalist, you will be required to transform raw data into information that can be easily understood and utilised.
On this course, you’ll learn to identify basic errors in data, prepare data for analysis, and improve your understanding of data. These skills will help you to present data and create valuable insights and information that can be used to enrich journalistic reporting.
Explore data ethics with the University of Sheffield and Reach PLC
Data ethics is an essential topic in data journalism. As a journalist, you need to employ ethical principles and fair practice in the analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of data.
With the expertise of your course educators, you’ll be equipped with the skills you need in order to present accurate, impartial, and informative data that protects sensitive and personal information and serves to further knowledge and understanding.
- Data journalism
- Data collection
- FOI skills
- Data cleaning and analysis
- Understanding data
- Presenting data
- Data ethics
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Identify data sources and use tools to collect data for reporting
- Apply FOI techniques in your own practice
- Identify basic errors in data and prepare data for analysis
- Improve your understanding of data and skills to present data
- Improve knowledge of data journalism
- Improve, evaluate and reflect on ethical practices of using data for journalism
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for working journalists and students of journalism who want to improve their data literacy and use data in their journalism.
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