Media Matters for Democracy is proud to announce its first online course on data journalism under its Media for Transparency initiative.
The six-week course titled “Fundamentals of Data Journalism” is designed for those Pakistani journalists who would like to learn basic concepts of data-driven news reporting and writing. The course will run from 27 August to 7 October 2018.
Registration is now open for the course and the deadline for applications is 20 August 2018. Interested journalists can apply by filling the form at this link: bit.ly/mmfdonline
This is a free course open to journalists from all across Pakistan.
In this course, participants will be introduced to the basic concepts of data journalism. They will learn about the data journalism process and strategies to incorporate it in their daily reporting. The course will inform journalists about the use of numbers in the newsroom and brush up their mathematical skills. Participants will learn techniques to acquire, clean, and process data. A major focus area of the course is to teach journalists how to analyse data using spreadsheet softwares and use it in their news reports. The course also covers ways to create basic visualisations to communicate the findings of the data analysis in news stories.
The course has been designed for beginners. The instructions will be in Urdu and will attempt to make the principles and techniques of data journalism acccessible to all. Our goal is to show local journalists that working with data is not difficult and data-driven reporting can help them produce more accurate and credible news stories.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be familiar with:
The data journalism principles and process
Diverse ways to acquire data for their news reporting
Techniques for cleaning, merging, and analysing data sets
Tools for creating simple data visualisations
Strategies for planning and writing data-driven news stories
As mentioned before, the course is open for all Pakistani journalists. We invite reporters and editors who work with broadcast and print media as well as freelance journalists to register for the course. Journalists from the Urdu press and the regional-language media are especially welcome. Journalism students and professors who wish to benefit from the course are also encouraged to register. However, since this is not a course that participants can follow at their own pace, we will be limiting the class size to around 40 participants. This is only to ensure that we are able to give our complete attention to the participants during the six weeks.
Participants will be able to log in to a web platform and follow the course activities. The course is divided into six weekly modules. The modules will include videos, presentations, reading materials, quizzes, assignments, and discussions. Each week, new course materials will be shared with the participants and they will be given tasks to complete by the end of the week.
A detailed syllabus will be shared with participants at the start of the course.
If you have any questions, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once again, you can register for the online course at: bit.ly/mmfdonline