Full course description

Starts May 19, 2014

This free five-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. This course is open to anyone in the world with an Internet connection who wants to tell stories with data.

Our media environment is increasingly saturated with data, including large collections of leaked documents published by Wikileaks, public databases about lobbying or government spending, and “big data” from social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. As a result, many media organisations seek data-savvy journalists to help them process this information to understand what is in it, to identify what is important, and to provide insights to readers in a compelling way.


1. Data journalism in the newsroom, with instructor Simon Rogers
2. Finding data to support stories, with instructor Paul Bradshaw
3. Finding story ideas with data analysis, with instructor Steve Doig
4. Dealing with messy data, with instructor Nicolas Kayser-Bril
5. Telling stories with visualization, with instructor Alberto Cairo

Meet the instructors:

Recommended reading:
The Data Journalism Handbook

Google; Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands; African Media Initiative; The World Bank

Advisory board:
Justin Arenstein (African Media Initiative); Josh Hatch (The Chronicle of Higher Education); Scott Klein (ProPublica); Angélica Peralta Ramos (La Nacion, Argentina); Aron Pilhofer (The New York Times); Guido Romeo (Wired Italy); Sascha Venohr (Zeit Online)


The European Journalism Centre is a non-profit international foundation with the remit to improve, strengthen, and underpin journalism and the news media in the interest of a functioning democratic public sphere. This mission has two main aspects: safeguarding, enhancing, and future-proofing quality journalism in Europe and the world and media freedom in emerging and developing countries.

Data Driven Journalism is one of the leading initiatives for training, resources and networking in the area of data journalism. Founded in 2010, the programme is dedicated to accelerating the diffusion and improving the quality of data journalism around the world. We run the website DataDrivenJournalism.net as well as the School of Data Journalism, and produced the Data Journalism Handbook.

For more information about this course, please visit the course website.

Simon Rogers


Data Editor at Twitter and former editor of the Guardian’s award-winning Datablog.

Paul Bradshaw


Head of the Online Journalism MA at Birmingham City University, and Visiting Professor at City University’s School of Journalism in London.

Steve Doig


Knight Chair in Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication of Arizona State University and 1993 Pulitzer Prize winner.

Nicolas Kayser-Bril


Co-founder and CEO of data journalism startup Journalism++ and formerly the head of data journalism at Owni