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Deep Dive into Data Journalism – Online

Take a deep dive into data journalism by combining “Finding Stories With Data  – Online, Intensive” (4 sessions: 29 March – 1 April 2021) with “Data-Driven Investigations – Online, Intensive” (5 sessions: 12-16 April 2021).

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Finding Stories with Data

Class duration: 1.5hrs x 4 consecutive days
Level of participation: very high. Hands-on, screenshares, regular Q&As and participants contributions.

In four workshops you will learn what data is available and how to find it, how to interrogate it and find facts or patterns in it which will lead, inform and enhance the stories you tell.

Guided by one of our data trainers, with decades of experience pushing the frontiers of data-driven investigations, you’ll come away with the skills to start gathering, interviewing and presenting data for your own reporting projects.

There are lots of courses which teach data journalism skills, but no others have the specific focus on using these tools and techniques for investigations and holding power to account that is the Centre for Investigative Journalism’s speciality.

The course is composed of four sessions of around 1.5 hours each, scheduled over 4 consecutive days, with exercises and recommended reading to augment your learning between sessions.

Data-Driven Investigations

Class duration: 2hrs x 5 consecutive days
Level of participation: very high. Hands-on, screenshares, regular Q&As and participants contributions.

The data is rarely the story in itself. This course will help you find the human face to add impact and relevance.

It is highly recommended that you approach the course with ideas already in mind for data-driven stories. The central aim of the course is for attendees to work on live projects throughout the sessions and leave with their own stories at an advanced stage of research.

This course will be divided into 5 workshops designed to take you through the steps to build a lead into a full investigative story. Drawing from real life examples and scenarios, we will guide attendees from hypothesis to story, including sections on working with spreadsheets, scraping and importing data, investigating people and companies and the latest tools and techniques.

We offer a 10% discount for those who choose to book both courses as a package. To benefit from this offer, book your place for this two-course package by completing the booking form at the bottom of this page.

Signed-up participants must attend all nine sessions.

Technical Requirements

This course will need you to have the following software/apps/tools on your computer:

  • MS Excel 2016 or newer (If do not have access to Excel, there is a free trial version available).
  • Zoom app
  • Camera and audio

This course will be hosted on Zoom. To find out more about how we use Zoom, please check out our Zoom InfoSec page.

29 March 2021 – Finding Stories with Data: Module 1

10:00–11:30

30 March 2021 – Finding Stories with Data: Module 2

10:00–11:30

31 March 2021 – Finding Stories with Data: Module 3

10:00–11:30

1 April 2021 – Finding Stories with Data: Module 4

10:00–11:30

12 April 2021 – Data-Driven Investigations: Module 1

10:00–12:00

13 April 2021 – Data-Driven Investigations: Module 2

10:00–12:00

14 April 2021 – Data-Driven Investigations: Module 3

10:00–12:00

15 April 2021 – Data-Driven Investigations: Module 4

10:00–12:00

16 April 2021 – Data-Driven Investigations: Module 5

10:00–12:00

Jonathan Stoneman

Jonathan Stoneman is a freelance trainer. He previously worked for BBC World Service for many years, as a reporter, producer, later as editor and finally as Head of World Service Training at Bush House.

Leila Haddou

Leila Haddou is former data journalism editor for The Times and Sunday Times. Before that, she worked on investigations at the Financial Times and the Guardian. She has an avid interest in how technology can aid investigative reporting and co-organises the monthly Journocoders meet up event.
  • 29 March 2021 10.00–11.30 Time zone: BST
  • 30 March 2021 10.00–11.30 Time zone: BST
  • 31 March 2021 10.00–11.30 Time zone: BST
  • 1 April 2021 10.00–11.30 Time zone: BST
  • 12 April 2021 10.00–12.00 Time zone: BST
  • 13 April 2021 10.00–12.00 Time zone: BST
  • 14 April 2021 10.00–12.00 Time zone: BST
  • 15 April 2021 10.00–12.00 Time zone: BST
  • 16 April 2021 10.00–12.00 Time zone: BST
Time zone: BST
Location: Zoom Meeting
This event is now fully booked.
Goldsmiths students (full time)*
£119
Students (full time)*
£155
Freelancers**
£285
Small Media/Education/NonProfit Organisations (<10 staff)
£370
Large Media/Education/NonProfit Organisations (10+ staff)
£520
Other Organisations
£940

In line with our non-profit mission, our pricing operates on a sliding scale, ensuring large organisations pay more to subsidise places for smaller newsrooms, freelancers and students.

*Students places for this course are capped, due to limited capacity. Anyone registering as a student will be asked for a photo/scan of their student ID ahead of the course.

**Employed individuals who cannot have their employers pay for the course are entitled to the freelancer rate. Note that we are a small charity and rely on your honesty so please do not register as a freelancer if your employer is reimbursing you for the course.

We have a strict policy of No Refund and No Transfer of bookings.