Tuesday, October 15, 2013

EJC's Data Journalism MOOC has been announced

The European Journalism Centre has just announced its first data journalism MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), titled Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools. It's an introductory free online workshop divided into five weekly modules. I'm taking care of the fifth one, about news visualization —I guess that this is not that surprising! The other instructors are Simon Rogers, Paul Bradshaw, Steve Doig, and Nicolas Kayser-Bril. Considering their combined experience and achievements, I'm even considering becoming a student myself. It should be fun.

The official starting date is not specified in the press release, but it'll be at the beginning of 2014. You can sign up already (again: it's free!)

The European Journalism Centre Announces
Free Online Data Journalism Course

The European Journalism Centre
October 15, 2013

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its free online data journalism course Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools.

This five-module introductory course gives participants the essential concepts, techniques and skills to effectively work with data and produce compelling stories under tight deadlines. It is open to anyone in the world with an Internet connection who wants to tell stories with data.

This EJC initiative is supported by Google, the Dutch Ministry of Education and the African Media Initiative, and features a stellar line-up of instructors and advisors from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, the New York Times, ProPublica, Wired, Twitter, La Nacion Argentina, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Zeit Online, and others.

Josh Hatch, Senior Editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education and member of the Advisory Board for this course, says: “Thanks to the European Journalism Centre's work to foster data journalism's move into the mainstream, reporters and editors can gain insights from the best in the business. Whether you want to get over your fear of Excel, learn the language of your data geeks, or discover how to tell stories with data visualisations, this course will help journalists and newsrooms learn how to take advantage of these invaluable skills. This is a very good thing.”

The course is planned to start early 2014 and the instruction language will be English. More details about the course and how to register are available at:


Liliana Bounegru
Project Manager (Data Journalism)
European Journalism Centre
Email: bounegru@ejc.net