Video: Meet Your Instructors
This free 5-module online introductory course gives you the essential concepts, techniques and skills to effectively work with data and produce compelling data stories under tight deadlines.
Comprising of video lectures, tutorials, assignments, readings and discussion forums, this course is open to anyone in the world with an Internet connection who wants to tell stories with data.
The course is open from the 19th of May until the 31st of December. The active part of the course, including discussion points, interaction with the instructors and getting a certification runs until 31 July 2014, after that the course runs in view-only mode.
The 5 modules are:
Every module is divided into 4 sections. Every section contains one video of approximately 15 minutes. We estimate that the average time a student has to spend on a module (or 1 week), is about 4-5 hours.
Our recommendation is to complete one module per week. Not faster, in order to let the learned material sink in, and not slower in order to stay on top of things. You are free however, to complete the course at your own pace. Meaning that if you feel you comprehend a module, and you have enough time, you are free to advance to the next one. Alternatively, if you don't have enough time one week, you are free to postpone it, and catch up later.
Interview: Simon Rogers
This module is an introduction to data journalism. It shows what data journalism is, how it works on a busy news desk and what skills you need to know to practise it.Instructor: Simon Rogers, Data Editor, Twitter and former editor of the Guardian’s award-winning Datablog.
Interview: Paul Bradshaw
This module deals with the range of skills that journalists use to obtain data. This includes setting up alerts to regular sources of information, simple search engine techniques that can save hours of time and using laws in your own and other countries.Instructor: Paul Bradshaw, Head of the Online Journalism MA at Birmingham City University, and Visiting Professor at City University’s School of Journalism in London.
Interview: Steve Doig
Interview: Nicolas Kayser-Bril
Interview: Alberto Cairo