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This unit will explore the practice and theoretical underpinnings of data journalism, whereby news content is organized around structured pieces of data, as opposed to conventionally structured news stories. Students will learn how to access key public databases, extract stories from them, and make the data available in visualisations that facilitate citizens’ own inquiries and investigations. Students will be acquainted with the history and current practice of data journalism, including key international examples.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- demonstrate the skills involved in accessing, analysing and curating data from publically available sources;
- understand the history, current practice and likely impact of data journalism;
- work efficiently in teams and newsroom environments to produce high quality data journalism packages;
- demonstrate editing and production skills; and
- produce news and current affairs reports sourced from public databases for a range of media delivery platforms.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- High level ability to analyse writing techniques and affects; and
- High level ability to express thoughts, ideas and observations in accessible written English.
Last updated: 18 December 2020